- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society (September 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880823445
- ISBN-13: 978-0880823449
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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“A seemingly routine genetic test launched television journalist Bill Griffeth on a fascinating, often harrowing quest to discover the truth about his parentage. Both a memoir and a mystery story, The Stranger in My Genes is a riveting page turner.” (Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower and Valiant Ambition)
I cannot stop talking about Stranger in My Genes!....(It) reads like an epic episode of “This American Life.” But it is Bill’s honest description of his struggle with his genetic blow that gives the book its strength. I couldn’t wait to get back to it during lunch breaks or at the end of the day, yet at the same time I worriedly watched the page numbers pass, knowing I was closing in on the end. My only complaint? I wish it were double the length. Sure to be my staff pick this Fall. (Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers)
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Thanks to Ancestry an 87 year old cousin who recently found out her aunt was really her mother found me, and was able to fill in family history on the father she never knew.
The author’s accounting of his experience was excruciatingly detailed, and annoying. He had his mother handy to ask and talk over the situation, but over half of the book is spent agonizing and afraid to talk it out. Oh dear! Mom might be human…! Good grief.
The author comes across as wimpy and indecisive. And, this book was way too long. A reader doesn’t need to hear all about conversations and dinners with friends while the author over-thinks the non-problem. This could have easily been an essay or magazine article since the repetition only padded the book.
Suggestion: check this book out at the library and save your money.