Adoptee Written Books

Here is a list of books written by intercountry & transracial adoptees.

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Memoirs by Birth Country


Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World (Christina Rickardsson)


Kids Like Me in China (Ying Ying Fry)


My Father’s Daughter: A Story of Family and Belonging (Hannah Pool)


Outer Search Inner Journey (Peter Dodds)


Beyond the Third Door (Maria Heckinger)

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The Perks of Being an Adoptee (Mae Claire)

Rainbows But Not Unicorns (Mae Claire)

Magnitude 7.3 (Tinan Leroy)

Hong Kong

Ungrateful – A Paper Daughter (poetry by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen)


A Long Way Home (Saroo Brierley; LION movie adapted from this book)

La Dou Tu Viens (Where do you come from, by Jasmine Cerfontaine)

Daughter of the Ganges: The Story of Girl’s Adoption and her Return Journey to India (Asha Miro)


On the Other Side of the Eye (Bryan Thao Worra)


J’ai été volée a mes Parents (I’ve been Stolen from my Parents by Celine Giraud)


My Third Parents: Orphanage to an American Dream (Fernando Kuehnel)

Marilyn (Amanda Reavey)

Other Words for Grief (Lisa Marie Rollins – Black Filipino)

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Memories of Childhood: Life in the Romanian Orphanages (Nicolae Burcea)

The Tip Jar (Viorica Culea)

Abandoned for Life (Izidor Ruckel)

South Korea

Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited (Anais Bordier & Samantha Futerman)

All You Can Ever Know (Nicole Chung)

Dust of the Streets: The Journey of a Biracial Orphan of the Korean War (Thomas Park Clement)

Paper Pavilion (Poetry by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs)

Adoptees: We Are Not Who They Think We Are (Janine Myung Ja author of multiple other books)

Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation (Soojung Jo)

Keurium (A novel about intercountry adoption by Jessica Sun Lee)

Not My White Saviour: A Memoir in Poems (Julayne Lee)

Gul utanpå (Patrik Lundberg) in Swedish


I Survived Childhood: A Memoir of Abandonment, Betrayal and Healing (Hyun Martin)

Autobiographical Comic (Sarah Myer)

Cries of the Soul: The True Story of a Korean Adoptee’s Fight to Survive (Khara Nine)

Single Square Picture: A Korean’s Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots (Katy Robinson)

Palimpsest (Lisa Wool-Rim Sjoblom)

Famous Adopted People (A Novel by Alice Stephens)

The Language of Blood (Jane Jeong Trenka)

Fugutive Visions: An Adoptee’s Return to Korea (Jane Jeong Trenka)

The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek Inside International Adoption (Janine Vance)

Twins Found in a Box: Adapting to Adoption (Jeanine Vance)

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related (Jenny Heijun Wills)

Sri Lanka

Het verdriet van Sri Lanka (The Sadness of Sri Lanka by Sanne van Rossen in Dutch)
The Adoption Cover Up of Sri Lanka (English translation by Sanne van Rossen)

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Lucky Girl: A Memoir (Mei-Ling Hopgood)

Beyond Two Worlds: A Taiwanese-American Adoptee’s Memoir & Search for Identity (Marijane Huang)

US Transracial

Growing up Black in White (Black Transracial adoptee, Kevin Hofmann)


On My Brother’s Shoulders (Ty Andre)

Other Streets (Photographic documentary by Mark F Erickson)

In the Arms of Grace: One Child’s Journey  (LeChristine Hai)

Oceans Apart: A Voyage of International Adoption (Mary Reed)

Heart of Stone (Hoa Stone)

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Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space

Chosen: Living with Adoption

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth

Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experience of Colombian Adoptees

Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology

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In Search of Belonging: Reflections of Transracially Adopted People

Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees Experiences & Racial Exceptionalism

La Couleur de l’adoption (The Colours of Adoption in French)

Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment

Native American Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and their Journeys Toward Identity

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption

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Parenting As Adoptees

Perpetual Child: Adult Adoptee Anthology Dismantling the Stereotype

Pieces of Me: Who do I want to Be? Voices for and by Adopted Teens

The Colour of Difference: Journeys in Transracial Adoption

The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia

The Unknown Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now

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Vietnamese Adopted: A Collection of Voices

Voices from Another Place: A Collection of Works from a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries

Autobiographical Comic (Sarah Myer)