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Another Place at the Table Paperback – May 24, 2004
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I began this book as someone who never imagined that I would want to be a foster parent, and finished it with the inspiration to pursue it as soon as possible. Harrison is not a superhero, as I previously imagined foster parents to be; she is an ordinary person who has given an extrodinary piece of herself to those members of our society who need it most. Her story, and that of the children she loves, deserves to be read.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn and know more about foster care.
Augusten Burroughs (author of Running with Scissors) said about this book...."Shocking, brutal, heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive, This is the riveting and profoundly moving story of a hero, disguised as an ordinary woman. And like every hero, it's the children she is out to save."
Unlike Augusten I did not find the book "shocking" but honest and realistic to what every foster mom goes through. I could not believe how close our stories were as I read this book. You could have taken out the names of her children and drop in some of mine, tweak their story a little, and it wouldn't ring any truer then what we have seen and gone through.
I cried as she wrote about letting Lucy go to an adoptive home. She loved Lucy but not in the same way as the children she adopted. She wanted to keep her but also wanted Lucy to have that unconditional, total love she deserved. The pain of letting Lucy go tore open those feelings and what we went through with two little boys I had for three years.
She writes about her desire to reach ever child that walked into her home and the heartbreak when she realized love, food, clothes, a home, and safety wont/cant heal all their wounds.
She talks about the times caseworkers have such caviler attitudes to their lack of action that keeps a child in the system longer then need be, or keeps them off the adoption list longer. It reminded me of the unfelt and off the hand "sorry" and "oh, well" I have heard so often.Read more ›
In ANOTHER PLACE AT THE TABLE, Harrison makes no attempts to glamorize her role as a foster parent. She doesn't make herself out to be a saint. She simply tells it like it is, complete with the disheartening stories of children who have been neglected, abused and abandoned. But throughout the struggles she recounts in her book, there is always a glimmer of light: the children she has helped rehabilitate, the foster children who have found wonderful permanent homes, and the children who Harrison and her husband have adopted themselves. Despite her battles with the social services system, Kathy Harrison has made a difference.
ANOTHER PLACE AT THE TABLE is emotionally draining and fulfilling at the same time. While the subject matter is not lighthearted, the writing is excellent and the reading is fast-paced. Harrison has presented an open, honest view of her life --- faults included. Perhaps that is what makes the book exceptional.
Reflecting on the stories in this book, the phrase "Truth is stranger than fiction" comes to mind. In a world where so many of us live such comfortable lives with caring families, it is hard to believe that the events in this book really happened.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was far more worn than the description indicated. However, it is usable.Published 2 months ago by Andrea Mells
Not only is this a compelling, informative story, but Kathy Harrison is a gifted story teller. This book is an important educational tool for anyone looking to become part of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Tolles
I could not put the book down. My heart goes out to all the children who have to suffer, and will continue to suffer as the rest of us go on with our own lives being grateful... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorena D
That is a great book. When I started the foster parenting training process, I was shocked at how LITTLE has been published on this subject. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nova
I bought this for a friend, a little hesitantly because I wanted to show support for their fostering journey without stepping on toes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Suek
Kathy Harrison is a wonderful "real life" author that I just loved reading. I really felt like I wasn't alone on the craziness of foster care!Published 8 months ago by Lynn Mills