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...
|Title||:||Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption|
|Number of Pages||:||204 pages|
Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption Reviews
Loved this book! Randomly came across this through Amazon and I read it in a few hours. Best book I’ve read recently. Interesting story, but I really liked her writing style and her help make change approach, like the relationship with Grace’s bio parents. Excellent job connecting reader with characters...wish I could hang out with this author. Great book and hope to see more from Vanessa McGrady.
I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writing and pacing weak. The author tries to be open and vulnerable, but her self analysis more often swings towards justification and rationalization than true awareness. Some of her life mottos are completely differe ...more
Rock Needs River is a beautiful memoir about family, both the one you're born into and the one you choose to create. Calling on her past, myth, experts in the field, and straight-up prayer, Vanessa McGrady takes us on a wild ride as she figures out how and when to start a family. As many women discover, family doesn't always appear the way you expect or hope it to, but the author never gives up. Reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love, in its brutal honesty and path of self-discovery, we have a front row ...more
Not my favorite read
The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book.
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.
Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight — any sort of insight! — into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents.
Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaints about how they disappointed her — and very little acknowledgement that her expectations may have been unfair. Very little awareness that it was presumptuous to impose her own standards on them, and that her position of c ...more
Amazon Kindle First for January
I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that’s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more memoir of a not especially interesting life as Vanessa went from partner to partner. I felt empathy with her miscarriages as I’ve been there myself and I applaud people who give a loving home to adopted children. However, ...more
Best book I have read in a while!
This book is so honest and poignant—at times heartbreaking and at times so hopeful and rich that it brought me to tears. My story is similar so it resonates with me. But even if adoption isn’t a part of your life, this book is, to put it simply and succinctly, beautiful.