Adoptee Written Books

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

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Memoirs by Birth Country


Bengaalse Curry met een bloemkoolsausje (Rina Duijnker, in Dutch)


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

Il Cammino tra le Età (Gilda Francesca Chisena, in Italian)


Kids Like Me in China (Ying Ying Fry)

The Newest Flower (Juliese Padgett) a book on being different for children


I Met Myself in October: A Memoir of Belonging (Jacob Taylor-Mosquera)

Ze noemden mij mosquito: over verwaarlozing, misbuik, ontworteling en kracht
They Called Me Mosquito: about neglect, abuse, uprooting, and power (Mosquito Mosquera, in Dutch)

Niet alles is Goud / Not Everything is Gold (Mauricio Plat) poetry in Dutch

Adoption : låta själen läka / Adoption: let the soul heal (Carolina Skyldberg, in Swedish & Spanish)


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


Sara et Tsega (Julie Foulon, in French)


Outer Search Inner Journey (Peter Dodds)

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me (Jennifer Teege in English & German)


Beyond the Third Door (Maria Heckinger)


Le Chant du bouc (Carmen Maria Vega, in French)

Mom, I’m Not Dead (Mariela SR) in Dutch coming soon!


The Perks of Being an Adoptee (Mae Claire)

Rainbows But Not Unicorns (Mae Claire)

Mon Adoption Mon Calvaire (Sabine Isabelle, in French)

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)


Postpakketjes Van Overzee (Postal Package from Overseas: legalised child trafficking in adoption of children from Indonesia, by Dewi Deijle, in Dutch; English coming soon)


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)


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

The Tip Jar (Viorica Culea)

Abandoned for Life (Izidor Ruckel)


My Russian Side (Alex Gilbert)

Through Adopted Eyes: A Collection of Memoirs from Adoptees (Elena Hall)

Infinitely More (Alex Krutov)

The Boy from Baby House 10 (Vanya Lahutsky)

My Life in Siberia Russia (Anya Mowry)

Sierra Leone

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina (Michaela DePrince)

South Korea

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

88 Je me Souviens (Kimura Boyl) in French

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)

Incovenient Daughter: A Novel (Lauren J Sharkey)

Palimpsest (Lisa Wool-Rim Sjoblom in Dutch) English version here

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)

Welkom in Adoptieland een persoonlijke en kritische zoektocht (Anouk Eigenraam) in Dutch / Welcome to Adopted Country: A Personal and Critical Search

Sri Lanka

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

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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)


The black elephant calling, confessions of a journey in search of one’s own identity (Matteo Fraschini Koffi)

UK Transracial

My Name Is Why (Ethiopian British Transracial adoptee, Lemn Sissay)

US Transracial

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

Adopted Out Memoir (African American adoptee, S M Ezeff)


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)

Anseo (Úna-Minh Kavanagh)

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

Flyet fra Saigon (Flown from Saigon – the early Vietnamese adoptees to enter Norway as early as 1968, in Norwegian)

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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

Seeds from a Silent Tree: An Anthology by Korean Adoptees

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

Through Adopted Eyes: A Collection of Memoirs from Adoptees (Elena Hall)

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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