The author’s written several books on the psychology of the adopted, but here provides her own autobiographical experience, telling of a life where adoptees were still kept in the dark about their identification…. Twice Born: Memories of an Adopted daughter traces her journey and feelings.
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At the time she was told her birth parents were dead and she was adopted, Lifton was seven and sick from scarlet fever. The timing could not have been worse. The experience itself caused significant problems for Lifton, and the questions about her birth parents lingered for decades. Finally she found her birth mother was alive and to ease her pain and answer questions Lifton sought and found her. Her search for her birth father had less success, but Lifton found the questionshad eased and she was able to "re-enter" life, finally, as what she felt was herself. Lifton…adds new insights from the changes in adoption practices to her 1975 original and makes a case for open adoption records.