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Finding Dolores: An Adoptee's Mid-Life Search for the Beginning Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OR00IG
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bob M. on December 5, 2011
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This book can be successfully read in 2 different ways: 1) As a serious account of an adult adopted man searching for his birth family and trying to answer 50+ years of gnawing questions, or 2) As an entertaining, captivating, "detective" story with intertwining characters and intrigue. I chose to read it as a combination of the 2 - It made me smile, cry, grin, laugh, and sob and I couldn't put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Strait Fan Since Marina Del Ray on November 14, 2011
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I'm not an adoptee. Read book for STORY. Once I started reading, was VERY hard to put down. Written in 1st person narrative. Included author's experiences & deep revealing feelings. Heart ached for hurtful slights he was subjected to. Interspersed were extremely well written chapters author wrote in voice of other people. There were only clues as to who these people might be ratcheting up suspense. I always read book endings early on. Not this book! So fast paced I knew likely wouldn't understand it if I did.

Really 3 books in one. How to search; Tom's story; & most of all a true mystery filled with varied characters. Tom unconsciously or consciously psychoanalyzed them all. Would really like to know how they felt about that if they read book! Am hoping for a 2nd book revealing lots more!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pegasus on November 8, 2011
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This book is a fascinating account of a psychologist's search for his birth parents. The book reads like a mystery novel, but it also provides insight into his thoughts and feelings , as well as about how his "unknowing" relatives reacted to being "found". A must read for anyone who is or knows an adoptee.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on December 9, 2011
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Great read. Well paced account of a search for ones roots. Tears on one page and laugh out loud on the next.
Even if you are not adopted the sense of what an adoptee experiences is enlightening and interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Do it yourselfer on November 7, 2011
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Written by an adoptee and clinical psychologist, this book is invaluable to other adoptees. It also provides insight to other professionals who may work with adoption; parents who have adopted a child; and those who have adoptees in their extended families. The author details his feelings from the beginning of the search for his biological family to the ultimate reunion. The persistence and techniques of the search give everyone encouragement to find their own roots, even if one is not adopted. A great read! I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Webb on October 16, 2011
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As one adoptee to another you will cherish the insights and wisdom this author shares. If you have adopted a child you will recognize the possible need that might exist having nothing to do with your place as the ONLY parents. For anyone this is a moving account of just being part of a family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Me on August 18, 2012
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I enjoyed most of the book and the tale as it was told, but the author writes about some of his siblings in a mean spirited way. When I first read a passage in the preface, "the facts of this story are true, as are the names of most other people, including my friends and extended adoptive family - those who celebrate the truth." I almost stopped reading right there. That sentence struck me as someone with a big chip on their shoulder and who was going to slight the siblings/relatives he was going to find- and not someone with an open, kind manner. As the story unfolds, his Odyssey through the adoption trail is full of road blocks. It is well told, especially for a lot of dry data. He ends the book with some big slights to his half-siblings as though, from his more educated perspective, he sees all their shortcomings and feels free to publish them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori on March 13, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The author's personal story about his search for his birth family combined with a useful "how-to" guide blended nicely together, and the result is a compelling read that will appeal to a variety of audiences.
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