From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home.After two years of waiting to adoptslogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and despaira miracle finally happened for Vanessa McGrady. Her sweet baby, Grace, was a dream come true. Then Vanessa made a highly uncommon gesture: when Graces biological parents became homeless, Vanessa invited them to stay.Without a blueprint for navigating the practical basics of an open adoption or any discussion of expectations or boundaries, the unusual living arrangement became a bottomless well of conflicting emotions and increasingly difficult decisions complicated by missed opportunities, regret, social chaos, and broken hearts.Written with wit, candor, and compassion, Rock Needs River is, ultimately, Vanessas love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroines journey to fin...
|Title||:||Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption|
|Number of Pages||:||204 pages|
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Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption Reviews
Thought-provoking memoir about adoption
I found this memoir to be very positive about open adoption. The author is candid, intellectual, insightful and most of all, truly loves and adores her adopted daughter. Loved the eccentric, creative yet grounded McGrady whose sparkling personality shines through in every page. Highly recommended.
Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride.
This book was touted as
"Vanessa’s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine’s journey to find her tribe"
"A touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home"
This ended up being
0-60%: A parade of the author's ex boyfriends, in semi-relation of how the uathor decided she wanted to become a mother.
60-70%: Learning ab ...more
This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be.
It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first great read of the year.
It was not.
From the memoir perspective -- it's just not a good book. It's vague and too quick in places it shouldn't be, and long and rambling in others. It reads similarly to a teenage or early co ...more
This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother.
One summer day, I was lolling around in the bath, and, inexplicably, with no apparent trigger, I wanted a baby. I was nearing thirty. I felt an allover tug in my body, a missing of someone I didn't know. Every single cell in me ached. The tears sta ...more
I didn’t seek out this book. I got it free from Amazon and read it because one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I didn’t love the writing in the book and felt like the writer couldn’t decide between being conversational and formal. But I did like the story and enjoyed hearing (finally...it took a while!!) how she came to adopt her daughter. I’m not sure I’m a strong enough person to handle the open adoption the way she did and certainly admire her strength and unconditional love ...more
Vanessa’s story is exceptional but it’s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page.
Not one of the best
I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed herself to do what she wanted in a relationship. I have doubts that she is the "good" mother she makes herself out to be. Not my pick for a steady Mother.