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The Family Nobody Wanted Hardcover – October 18, 2001
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But the book is much more than a connection of Readers' Digest anecdotes strung together. Ms. Doss reveals, through deft and honest touches, her own weaknesses and struggles, her impetuosity and her grit. She communicates with power the pain that can come in so many different ways to a woman with a tremendous need to love, especially when obstacles - infertility, unreasonable adoption agencies, poverty - rise up to keep her from satisfying that need. And the portrait of her husband Carl, who changes as much as the children do, is vivid and telling. The Carl who says, "Let's take `em all" at the end of the book is a very different Carl from the one who agrees to the first adoption largely to humor his wife and to keep her from moping weepily and endlessly about the house, and whose annual refrain for many years is, "This is the last one!" You expect him to come on board, of course; but his path is a bit surprising and most revealing of the essence of the man.Read more ›
The new addition has a forword by Mary Battenfield which, unfortunately, makes this book sound like a social justice primer. Instead it is a book of love, joy, and laughter in situations that "should" have left the author and her family bitter instead of blessed.
When I first read this book I was too young to truly understand racism, and was simply gripped by the way Mrs. Doss made her children come to life in my mind. I could relate to the children, as their personalities, not their race, gave each a unique voice.
Now that I am an adult, I understand that the Dosses had a wisdom, love, and faith that transcended their culture. The family and the book prove that one doesn't have to preach to change the world. I can truly say that my life is better from having been introduced to both.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish this would be mandatory reading for elementary school children. It covers so much of who we are as a nation and as a "world family". Read morePublished 1 month ago by John W. Pitcock
Just as important a topic today as when it was written. Inspiring and beautiful. May we all be ready to open our arms and homes as the Doss family.Published 3 months ago by Andrew V.
Awesome story. Great inspiration of how NORMAL adoption can be.Published 3 months ago by Susan Shapiro
Kind of a famous book, here if you know what you are getting into, this is easily a great read.Published 3 months ago by Hope Hudson
Still a sweet story, even after six decades have gone by. Mrs. Doss writes with humor and heart. It's gratifying to see the change in public attitude about mixed adoptions and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deesgee