Here is a list of books written by intercountry & transracial adoptees from around the world in various languages. The first section covers books written by one adoptee of their own experience, the second section covers books written as a compilation, anthology, group effort.

Individual Stories by Birth Country


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


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

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


Blir adopterad (Amy Wilkerson) for younger adoptees and parents

The Excavated Earth (Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom)


Between Worlds and Shadows (Joey Beyer)

Kids Like Me in China (Ying Ying Fry)

Grenzeloos Gewenst (Indra Hagelstein) in Dutch; Desired without borders – A collection of poetry about adoption

An Adoptee’s Journey (Iris Baijing Hubbard)

The Heart of the Matter (Maya Luque) a personal reflection on how EMDR helped

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


Home Sweet Casa: A Journey to the Universal Heart (Mariela Andersen)

What White Parents Should Know about Transracial Adoption (Melissa Guida-Richards)

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

Terug naar het begin – Een adoptieverhaal uitvergroot (Sarah Changuna Patel)

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)

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

What is Adoption? Just for Kids (English) and spanska (Jeanette Yoffe) for ages 6 years and up children

What’s Your Name? Who’s Your Daddy (Audible) (Jeanette Yoffe)


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


Sara et Tsega (Julie Foulon, in French)


Påtvingat liv (Taina Adolfsson, in Swedish)


Outer Search Inner Journey (Peter Dodds)

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


Ripped at the Root (Dena Poulias’ story by Mary Cardaras)

Beyond the Third Door (Maria Heckinger)

A Son from the Mountains : A Memoir (Andrew Mossin)

Abandoned Maria 43668 (Mary Theodoropoulou)

De Adoptiemonologen (Marina Van Dongen, in Dutch)


Mom, I’m Not Dead (Mariela SR, in French)

Split at the Root : A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity (Catana Tully)

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


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

Finding Ching Ha: A Novel (by Maya Fleischmann)

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


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

Garuda: L’ Instinct de survie de mon autre moi (The Survival Instinct of My Other Self by Souda Carlton, French)

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

The Lucky Lotus: the filthy life of an adopted East Indian girl in an alabaster world (Pushpa Devi) ***NEW***

Adopté dans le vide (Adopted in a vacuum by Christian Demortier, Flemish)

Een verboden dochter uit India (A forbidden daughter from India, Asha Dijkstra, Dutch)

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

Mitt Vita Liv (My White Life: a story, a life, a message by Mary Rhedin, in Swedish)


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


Er du her stadig i morgen? en historie om at vaere adopteret (Jeanette Som Munk, in Danish)

Min mamma är en persisk prinsessa (Sanna Sjöswärd, in Swedish) audio book version in Swedish


Searching for Me: An Adoptee’s Journey of Faith, Family & Belonging (Scott Sullivan)

Il prezzo degli innocenti. Come il Vaticano ha sottratto migliaia di bambini alle loro madri (in Italian, coming soon in Spanish, Polish and English)
(The price of innocence: how the Vatican took thousands of children from their mothers; intercountry adoptees born in Italy and sent to the USA for adoption such as John Pierre Battersby Campitelli speak out)


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


Geadopteerd zonder identiteit (Steven Sonneveld, Dutch)

Slaaf van je eigen gedachten (Steven Sonneveld, Dutch)

New Zealand

White Moko (Tim Tipene, white NZer adopted to a Maori family)


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)

Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Sam Roxas-Chua)

Finding Out: Coming to terms with Adoption (Paula Wilson)


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

The Tip Jar (Viorica Culea)

L’Enfant et le Dictateur (Marion Le Roy Dagen)

Abandoned for Life (Izidor Ruckel)


My Russian Side (Alex Gilbert)

Adoption is Both (Elena S Hall) for younger adoptees and parents

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

Infinitely More (Alex Krutov)

The Boy from Baby House 10 (Vanya Lahutsky)

Unsinkable: From Russian Orphanage to Paralympic Swimming World Champion (Jessica Long)

My Life in Siberia Russia (Anya Mowry)


Un livre à la mer (Eugénie B, French); Uprooted from Rwanda (English)

Sierra Leone

A Princess Found: An American Family, An African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected them all (Sarah Culberson)
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina (Michaela DePrince)


Mamma Lee (Mischa Blok, Dutch)

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

L’adoption internationale, mythes et réalités (Johee Bourgain) / Intercountry adoption, myths and realities in French

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)

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

Handbok till Korea: för din nästa resa tillbaka (Jodi Gill)

Extraordinary Journey: The Lifelong Path of the Transracial Adoptee (Mark Hagland with 13 transracial adoptees)

Made in Korea (Jeremy Holt)

Adopterad : en bok om Sveriges sista Rasdebatt (Tobias Hübinette in Swedish) Adopted: A book about Sweden’s last race debate

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)

Faith & Favour : Discovering Family at Fifty (Lisa A Quaites) mixed race Korean adoptee

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 här

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

Good Morning Nilanthi (Céline Breysse in French)

Niet Geboren Op Mijn Verjaardag (Sam van den Haak in Dutch)

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

You’ll Always be White to Me: A Memoir (Garon Wade)


Lucky Girl: A Memoir (Mei-Ling Hopgood)

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


Sterk als een Leeuw (David Samwel) in Dutch / Strong as a Lion: Adoption, Anorexia & Love


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)

Black Sheet Sweet Dreams: Adoption Journal (by transracial adoptee, Rachel)

US Transracial

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

Goodbye, SaraJane: A Foster Child Writes Letters to Her Mother (Black transracial adoptee, Sequoya Griffin)

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

Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib (New Mexican adoptee, Jaiya John)


On My Brother’s Shoulders (Ty Andre)

Other Streets (Photographic documentary by Mark F Erickson)

Shrimp (Dominic Hong Duc Golding)

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

Anseo (Úna-Minh Kavanagh)

Operation Babylift: Mission Accomplished, A memoir of hope and healing (Aryn Lockhart)

L’adoption, le racisme, mon voyage, ma vérité (Léo Nardecchia) in French (Adoption, Racism, My Journey, My Truth)

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

Heart of Stone (Hoa Stone)

But What Are You? (Barton Williams, for children)


Australian Intercountry Adoptees

The Colour of Difference: Journeys in Transracial Adoption

The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia (Sequel to The Colour of Difference; Edited and compiled by Lynelle Long. Hardcopy)

Canadian Intercountry Adoptees

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


Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experience of Colombian Adoptees


Lions Roaring Far From Home: An Anthology by Ethiopian Adoptees (Aselefech Evans)

Native American

Native American Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories


De Adoptie Monologen (Marina Van Dongen, The Adoption Monologues in Dutch)


Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees Experiences & Racial Exceptionalism

Mixed Korean: Our Stories – Anthology

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

Seeds from a Silent Tree: An Anthology by Korean Adoptees

The Unknown Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now

Together At Last: Stories of Adoption and Reunion in the Age of DNA

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


Coming out of the Fog (Zoe Lowdermilk-Oppenheim) an anthology by UK Chinese intercountry adoptees


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

Vietnamese Adopted: A Collection of Voices

Other Compilations

Adoption and Multiculturalism: Europe, the Americas and the Pacific

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists

Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space

Chosen: Living with Adoption

Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth

Extraordinary Journey: The Lifelong Path of the Transracial Adoptee

Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology

In Search of Belonging: Reflections of Transracially Adopted People

Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption

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

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

Whatever Next? On Adult Adoptee Identities (Josephine Jay, Adaline Bara, Hannah Feben-Smith)

When We Become Ours: A YA Adoptee Anthology (includes some intercountry adoptees)