Title: Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother
Author: Jana Wolff
In Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother, Jana Wolff describes her experience adopting Ari. Jana and her husband were white Jews living in Hawaii when they were chosen by a birth mother in California whose child was multiracial. Wolff writes about waiting for Ari to be born, her mixed feelings toward the birth mother, her own worries about raising Ari, and the highs and lows that come with raising any toddler, adopted or not. The book is a super quick read (one bath for me!). As an essayist, I often feel prodded to be more honest when I'd rather be a little less forthcoming, and Wolff is nothing if not honest. I sort of want to pat her on the back for telling everything like it is and also want to stand looking at her, eyes agape, wondering if she really said those things.