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Join Me for a – Fun – Book Event in Santa Monica!

June 2, 2011:

Dear Friends in Southern California:

Please join me on Friday, June 10, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at a book-signing party for “Adoption Nation.” It will be held at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery at 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be provided. Join me for a reading, Q&A and lots of good conversation. Stay for 15 minutes or longer – but please attend if you can.

This event is open to the public (and more is better when it comes to book events!), so I’d be grateful if you would email, text, tweet and call your friends, colleagues, relatives and complete strangers to invite them as well.

For more info: mleonard@adoptioninstitute.org.


Praise for “Adoption Nation”

“This book is an invaluable resource on all aspects of adoption.” —Deborra-lee and Hugh Jackman, adoptive parents

Adoption Nation is a treasure. It is the most complete book on adoption—ever—by one of the most eloquent, knowledgeable experts in the field.” — Sharon Roszia, co-author of The Open Adoption Experience, program manager of the Kinship Center

“Groundbreaking . . . courageous, penetrating, engaging, and deeply personal. Adoption Nation is a remarkable piece of work.” —David Brodzinsky, co-author of Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self

“The personal, cultural, economic, and geopolitical worlds meet in Adoption Nation. … Pertman’s work is engaging and accessible, and it doesn’t flinch from the controversies that make adoption less than it can and should be.”— Harold D. Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Adoption, University of Massachusetts

Adoption Nation provides a wonderful overview of the key issues in adoption today. It is creative, insightful, and a must-read.” —Ruth McRoy, co-author of Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections

“A comprehensive and humane book about how adoption is changing families—indeed, the very idea of family.” —Ellen Goodman

“Adoption Nation is a wonderful resource, deep and insightful, written by one of the finest reporters I have ever known.” —James McBride

“An important, hopeful, ambitious, and sometimes haunting book.” —Boston Globe

“Adoption Nation is essential reading.” – Chicago Tribune

“By far the most important book on adoption in decades, Adoption Nation is must reading.” —Reuben Pannor, author of The Adoption Triangle

“Adoption Nation is a powerful book that’s a joy to read.” —The late Dave Thomas, founder of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

“An essential resource . . . and a call to arms for policy-makers, Adoption Nation is a celebration of a great American institution.” —Congressman William Delahunt

“Adoption Nation is a must for those who want to understand how and why the adoption scene is changing—and the way it affects us all.” —Betty Jean Lifton, author of Journey of the Adopted Self

“Adam Pertman is one of the most thoughtful voices on the range of contemporary adoption issues.” – Susan Soon-keum Cox, Vice President of Hold International Children’s Services

“An incredibly ambitious book—comprehensive, compassionate and compelling.” —Pam Hasegawa, Editor, Adoption News Service

“Adoption Nation is a profound, sometimes uplifting, sometimes horrifying, and altogether necessary book. Buy it, read it, send it to your legislators.” —Bastard Nation, the Adoptee Rights Organization

“Adam Pertman dares to ask provocative questions about current adoption policy and reform, challenging old belief systems while encouraging new, critical thinking.” —Delores Teller, former president, American Adoption Congress

“A wonderful book that I urge academics, policy-makers, and general readers to use; it is a great read. . . . I will never think about adoption in the same way after reading Adoption Nation.” —Professor Robert Drago, Labor Studies and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

“Adam Pertman’s meticulous research and graceful prose make Adoption Nation a must-read for everyone interested in the way adoption is transforming the American family. His book has been invaluable to me.” —Professor Susan M. Schultz, University of Hawaii, Manoa

“Offers the reader what can be found nowhere else: a fascinating, comprehensive overview of adoption in American today. Teachers and students in many fields—from history to social work to law—should turn to Adoption Nation for the indispensable context it provides for their studies.” —Elizabeth Samuels, University of Baltimore Law School

“Adoption Nation puts forth the issues in a manner that is at once informed and concerned. Pertman nicely balances fact with illustration. It is these ‘real people’ illustrations that make the issues understandable to the students in my classes.” —Debrah Lewis Fravel, Ph.D., CFLE, Human Development and Family Studies, Indiana University

“Adoption Nation is a gift to the curious minds on campuses nationwide starving for the truth about systems that impact America’s families and children. The (sometimes) mysterious adoption arena is gravely limited in powerful and factual academic resources, and this text fills those gaps in understanding the life and process of growing families in our country.” —Liz Dumbaugh Martin, MSSW, Director, University Training Consortium Project, Kent School of Social Work/University of Louisville

“I would recommend Mr. Pertman’s fine book not only to those personally touched by the adoption experience, but also to anyone who works with individuals and families, or who teaches about them in a wide variety of disciplines. Adoption Nation offers an illuminating view of issues which are of central importance in the lives of millions of people. The book is a thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and illuminating depiction of adoption in the USA, its history, present state, and, one hopes, its future.” —Howard Katz, M.D., Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst; Instructor, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry; Supervising Analyst, the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute


Adoption Nation, written by one of the leading experts on the subject in our country – Pulitzer-nominated journalist, leader of the pre-eminent research and policy organization in the field, and adoptive father Adam Pertman – explodes the corrosive myths surrounding this critical component of our society and explores its fascinating realities as no book has ever done before. Adoption Nation is a rare and ambitious book, one that simultaneously touches the lives of those for whom adoption and foster care are everyday realities, while also addressing a general audience as it interweaves deeply personal accounts with critical, timely research and up-to-the-minute information about this historic phenomenon. Understanding that adoption affects the life of nearly every American in some way, Adoption Nation uses gripping and insightful stories to illustrate how adoption is profoundly changing our culture, our country and, most of all, our families.

Click here for more information.

An Unlikely Crusader: Book Review by Ellen Glazer

As a veteran journalist at the Boston Globe, Adam Pertman had it made. At 48, with 20 plus years experience and several major awards to his credit, Pertman could pretty much pick and choose his assignments. And so he wore a variety of journalistic hats, ranging from California Bureau chief to restaurant reviewer. In each capacity, Pertman made it his mandate to write with clarity and accuracy and by all measures, he did so successfully. He did not seek to fundamentally alter the way that people think. At least not until recently. Then things changed.

Click here to read the full review.