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)

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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)

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)

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)

Sri Lanka

Het verdriet van Sri Lanka (The Sadness of Sri Lanka by Sanne van Rossen)
English translation coming soon!

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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)

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