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Mei-Ling Hopgood "writes with humor and grace about her efforts to understand how biology, chance, choice and love intersect to delineate a life. A wise, moving meditation on the meaning of family, identity and fate." –Kirkus
”A journalist by trade, Hopgood pushes herself to ask tough questions. As she does, shocking family secrets begin to spill forth. . . Brutally honest. . . Although Hopgood’s memoir is uniquely her own, multiple perspectives on adoption saturate the book.” –Bust magazine
“An award-winning writer recounts her experience as one of the first Chinese babies adopted in the West and her surprising trail back to the rural Taiwanese family who gave her away. . . A great book.”—Good Housekeeping
“With concise, truth-seeking deftness of a seasoned journalist, Mei-Ling delves into the political, cultural and financial reasoning behind her Chinese birth parents' decision to put her up for adoption. . . Cut with historical detail and touching accounts of Mei-Ling's "real" family, the Hopgoods, Lucky Girl is a refreshingly upbeat take on dealing with the pressures and expectations of family, while remaining true to oneself. Simple, to the point and uncluttered of the everyday minutiae, Mei-Ling Hopgood nails the concept of becoming one's own.”—Detroit Metro Times
A different perspective than is typical. Liked it, definitely.Published 14 months ago by Mary Curie
This is a wonderful, heart warming story. A must read. Very authentic and interesting story. You will not be disappointed.Published 17 months ago by Cac
I got this at my library book sale.
This is a pretty good book. There were a couple of places where I think the editor went to sleep and very confusing sentences were... Read more
I really enjoyed this book. Although I never met the author, I know some members of her family, and it was a great and touching story. It's about families and clashing cultures. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Communications Guru
I thought this was a book worth reading. It was simple, but meaningful. Quite informative, for those who have little experience with life in Asia and it's hardships and necessary... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Susan Liu
While I couldn't put this down, I did get a bit irritated with the author and, what seemed to me as, her
selfishness. But that said, I really enjoyed the book. Read more
Having grown up in the same city as the Hopgood's, knowing a bit of their story, and Rollie having been my younger brother's elementary school teacher, I wanted to skim through... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Debbie Taylor
A very touching story about adoption and family. The fact that the family is local to us made it that much more interesting.Published on August 7, 2013 by J.A.K.
I did like this book about a Taiwanese girl who was adopted by an American family, who then went back to meet her birth family.Published on February 23, 2013 by League-Fan