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"You Should Be Grateful" by Angela Tucker
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Apr 18, 2023 | ISBN 9780807006511

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Praise

“A captivating memoir that also offers an important counterpoint to voyeurism and saviorism in the adoption process.”
Kirkus Reviews

“With deft candor and keen insight, ‘You Should Be Grateful’ looks beyond the political and pop cultural myths about adoption to consider, instead, what adoption looks for those who must live it. Tucker grounds her own story in broader discourses on history and legacy, race and racism, and inequity and privilege to explore not just the complicated meaning of transracial adoption but the meaning of family connection. In my years of studying adoption, this is the book for which I have been waiting.”
—Gretchen Sisson, author of Relinquished: The American Mothers Behind Infant Adoption

“This book is so necessary. Angela is well respected among adoptees because of the way she unabashedly advocates for them—whether she’s encouraging adoptees to own their own narratives or coordinating adoption agencies to go back into their files and uncover buried information. I am a fan of hers as a fellow adoptee, but I’ve also had the privilege of covering her work in news stories. Angela teaches us all to live boldly.”
—Michelle Li, cofounder of The Very Asian Foundation

“Angela Tucker brings to the forefront what so many adoptees, specifically transracial adoptees, are feeling and thinking or, to some degree, may have experienced. As an adoptive mother, I am always learning ways to better assist my children through our experiences with adoption, as we know that it is traumatic even in the best of circumstances. Tucker has given my children a hero in their own community, their own village, to look up to, that they can relate to. I’m so grateful.”
—Keia Jones-Baldwin, founder of Raising Cultures

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Adoptee Manifesto

PART I: DISCOVERING

CHAPTER 1
You Should Be Grateful

CHAPTER 2
The Adoptee Lounge

CHAPTER 3
How Much Did I Cost?

CHAPTER 4
My Ghost Kingdom

CHAPTER 5
The Search

PART II: EXPERIENCING

CHAPTER 6
White Privilege by Osmosis

CHAPTER 7
Sandy the Flower Man

CHAPTER 8
Unclaimed

CHAPTER 9
Filling the Void

CHAPTER 10
Survivor’s Guilt

CHAPTER 11
Sandy’s Death

CHAPTER 12
I’m Still Looking for My Baby

CHAPTER 13
The “M” Word

PART III: RECKONING

CHAPTER 14
Us vs. Them

CHAPTER 15
The Sondersphere

CHAPTER 16
An Out-of-Bounds Love

Gratitude
Notes
Index

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