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Apr 24, 2020Indoorcamping rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Wow. Something I didn’t think I’d ever be slightly interested in and couldn’t put it down. (Well, that’s not completely true. The end kind of drags.) You read to expand your perspective and to understand what it’s like in someone else’s…
Apr 18, 2019brangwinn rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
What a thoughtful and thought provoking book on being adopted by parents who don’t share your racial identity.
Feb 09, 2019DorisWaggoner rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I had a hard time getting into this memoir. It's not that I don't know adoptees, even transracial ones. But the beginning just didn't catch my interest, in spite of Nicole's obvious writing skill, and the issues she had to deal with. …
Feb 05, 2019booknrrd rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A Korean author writes about her experience being adopted by white parents and raised in a small town in the Pacific Northwest and her decision to search for her birth family as an adult. This was a moving story and Chung is very…
Dec 27, 2018MaryJoSchifsky rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Korean woman, adopted shortly after her premature birth by a white American couple, never feels like she's quite in the right place. Her thoughtful, almost-obsessive musings on the ways and times she's aware of this move through her…
Dec 24, 2018savtadina rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
It took me a long time to get "into" this book. The first third felt like it wandered too much and was not as focused as I had wished. But I found it a very powerful read. It is the story of a child born of Korean parents who gave…
Dec 21, 2018StarGladiator rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I'm feeling charitable today so this is three stars, although I felt the author was too whiny, whiny, whiny, although I admit to being biased: those of us who grew up in orphanages tend to look askance at adopted types who embrace…
Dec 02, 2018TSCPL_Miranda rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Insightful and beautifully written. Chung is a Korean American who was adopted and raised by white parents, in a community with little racial diversity. Her story is at times heartbreaking. I cried to read about a little girl looking in…
Dec 02, 2018KRMB rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
I’m sorry... I wanted to like this book but I just couldn’t. It was tedious, repetitive and longer than it needed to be. The author’s continual self-doubt was just tiresome to read.
Nov 28, 2018
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Nov 12, 2018ArapahoeKati rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written and tugs at your heartstrings. A memoir about family you won't soon forget.
Oct 04, 2018JCLHebahA rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Family is complicated, no matter what the story is, but adoption comes with its unique scenarios and can be layered further when an adoption is transracial. For these reasons, I think All You Can Ever Know has strong book group potential.…
Aug 07, 2018
It's a memoir about cross-cultural adoption. Korean-American Chung was adopted by a white couple in 1981 and spent her life navigating the world not knowing anything about her birth family. Author, Celeste Ng, called this one a book that…