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All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir | Nicole Chung
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"This book moved me to my very core. As in all her writing, Nicole Chung speaks eloquently and honestly about her own personal story, then widens her aperture to illuminate all of us. All You Can Ever Know is full of insights on race, motherhood, and family of all kinds, but what sets it apart is the compassion Chung brings to every facet of her search for identity and every person portrayed in these pages. This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family--which is to say, everyone." --Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere What does it mean to lose your roots--within your culture, within your family--and what happens when you find them? Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up--facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from--she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth. With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets--vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
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Come-read-with-me
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A memoir told from the perspective of two sisters - one who was placed for adoption by her family and the other who often wondered about why she never got to have her little sister. For me this was a painful story but opened my eyes to why families make the choices they do. Placing a child for adoption must be a difficult decision for many families but in doing so they are often making a selfless choice for the child. Had me in tears.

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First #weeklyforecast of the year! I‘ve got two books I started for book clubs early in December and then promptly forgot all about them in the hubbub of holidays - I‘m hopeful I can finish them by the end of the month.
America for Beginners is for book club this month, Red White & Royal Blue needs to be read by the end of the month (it‘s borrowed and I try not to keep borrowed books more than 30 days), and Mooncakes just for funsies. 🤞😄📚

ChasingOm I got Mooncakes for Christmas — it‘s so good! 2w
teainthelibrary I don‘t think you‘ll have a problem finishing Red, White, & Royal Blue - I tore through it because I couldn‘t put it down! 2w
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Soubhiville
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While I found the writing style too dry, I appreciate this memoir of an adoptee deciding about reaching out to and/or meeting her birth family as an adult.

If this weren‘t for my bookclub I probably would have bailed in the first half. The second half got much better, as Chung discusses her pregnancy and all of the emotions that came with being a new mom.

Froedrick forced my book off my lap, but he doesn‘t appreciate being woken for a photo.

LeahBergen His cute (and stern) face! 😂😂 1mo
LauraJ Froedrick, 🎅🏼 is watching! 1mo
Bette So beautiful. 🐱❤️ 1mo
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Soubhiville
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Do I have to go to work today? Igor‘s warm and extra purrfect this morning.

Sace Awwww! Sweet Igor! 1mo
AmyG He‘s so cute and cozy. 💕 1mo
IndyHannaJones Igor is da perfect boi. 1mo
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LibrarianRyan Yours are about the only cats I like. I'm getting close and closer to letting Josh have one. 1mo
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Eyelit
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Going to try to do better with posting regularly and planning some (not all, lol) reading so I don‘t go all over the place tbr-wise 😂

My first #weeklyforecast includes some short stories, library books, and one that def needs to be finished by Friday for book club (tagged book)

I tend to keep it lighter in December (especially since this year it‘s busier at work) - more short stories and shorter graphic novels.

Thanks for the tag, Soubhi!

Soubhiville I love that cover for Snow Glass Apples. Gorgeous! 1mo
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Soubhiville
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This week‘s reading forecast isn‘t much different than last week‘s...
I need to finish the tagged book for Friday‘s bookclub meeting.
I‘m close to the end of Thunderhead, and a few chapters in to A Tree Grows.
My library hold for the Three Women audio downloaded today.
I‘d love to finish all of these, but I‘ve got a busy week ahead so we‘ll see!
#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
( @Eyelit what‘s your forecast?)

AmyG A Tree Grows in Brooklyn....enjoy. SOOO good. 1mo
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kate_reads
All You Can Ever Know | Nicole Chung
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I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while.

I‘m also a Korean who was adopted in into a white family in a mainly white city. I count myself very lucky that I did not experience bullying growing up or ever had the inner conflict that Nicole experienced. Having other adopted friends, I know that I am definitely in the minority.

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Soubhiville
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#weekly forecast
I started the tagged book today.
I‘ll start The Inexplicable Logic on my work commute Tuesday, and Three Women if my library hold comes in.
I‘ll probably choose from Sula or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn next. But maybe not too, I feel non-committal right now.

#bookreport a day late:
City of Girls was great!
Disappearing Earth I struggled with a bit, but ultimately was a pick.
The Circle was another great one! I recommend audio.

Cinfhen I‘m feeling non- committal myself!! Must be this time of year🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are reading Three Women in January for #BotmBuddyRead ❤️ 2mo
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Soubhiville
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I‘m starting this for bookclub.

Yesterday my Mr and I went to the family Thanksgiving gathering. On the way home we were discussing how we each felt about my cousin‘s adoption- specifically that he was brought up knowing he was adopted from an orphanage in China, and how he might feel about growing up knowing that vs being told when he was older instead.

Then I pick up this book, having no idea what it was about. 🤯 sometimes booklife = RL!

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MaggieCarr
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Reading Women 2018 Shortlisted ✔
Hearing from the standpoint of a child/than adult who was given up and understanding so many emotions during her journey of knowledge was awe inspiring. Needing to know her health history spurred her on to find her biological family and while it connected her to come amazing family it also opened wounds with other family members. Worth a read if you need to take a walk in someone elses shoes.

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effani
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So how do people make those cool cover collages? Here are all the books I finished in August, but I already turned the tagged book back in to the library, and this wouldn't work if I'd read more than one ebook in the month, as I normally do. #AugustWrapUp #AugustReads #monthlyWrapUp

effani On the other hand, I guess if I still had All You Can Ever Know, it would break the theme of dragons/serpents on the cover that I have going in this picture. 5mo
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FreeReadAndWrite
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Nicole Chung's written a VERY specific personal story about the way adoption has impacted her own life and choices but then infuses it with more arching statements like, "adopted children feel.." No. SOME adopted children feel. Nothing like the experience of me or my sister. I couldn't keep reading it, and if you're not an adopted person who has had a very similar emotional experience to the author you're probably going to feel annoyed

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effani
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Poignant and compassionate.

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Looking at my bewildered child, I was suddenly reminded of the time she had asked me how airplanes stayed up in the air. I told her I would need to look it up to be able to fully understand and explain it to her, and she exclaimed, almost scandalized, “But you're a grown-up! You've had your whole LIFE to learn everything!“

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Finished All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung last night: a gently reflective memoir of a transracial adoptee - I thought she explained her emotions surrounding her adoption well and although there was no "high drama" I was compelled to keep reading

This was a particularly interesting read after enjoying Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere last year; it helped give a real world perspective of how the young adoptee might have felt later in life

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essayareayaitch
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Overall recommend. It left me with questions regarding adopted children, and I know each child's story is personal. Also, was surprised author's adoption was not transcontinental.

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BarbaraJean
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This is a thoughtful, reflective memoir of the author‘s experience growing up as a transracial adoptee & connecting with her birth family as an adult. It made me realize how unique each adoption story is—contrary to the prepackaged stories that are so prevalent in our culture. I‘ve rarely encountered adoption stories that focus on adult adoptees, that move beyond the “happy ending” of the adoption—so this was both fascinating & thought-provoking.

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justanotherbookreader
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Hello! I just joined Litsy and I thought I would introduce myself through these three recent reads. Each of these reads were assigned for my Literary Journalism class which focused on the public health narrative. Although I enjoy reading nonfiction for my major, I‘m now on summer break and want to read other genres! Comment what your current favorite is or simply say hello. #newmember #theimmortallifeofhenriettalacks #thespiritcatchesyou

MallenNC That‘s a great way to introduce yourself! I‘ve read the top two of those books and the third one is on my TBR. I read a lot of nonfiction, but I am guessing you‘d like a break from that! If you like YA, I recently really liked There‘s Something About Sweetie. I also liked The Accidental Beauty Queen. Both are fun, easy reads. 7mo
justanotherbookreader You definitely should read All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung. The writing style is very different to the other two books. She writes as if it is her own journal and she is just pouring out her emotions and experiences on the pages. The other two books, as you know, go back and forth between research and the actual individuals story. I‘m always down for nonfiction but want to switch things up at the moment. 😊 Thank you for the suggestions! 7mo
MallenNC @justanotherbookreader I will read All You Can Ever Know for sure! I heard an interview with her and was interested in her story. 7mo
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And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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MayaB1226 Welcome to Litsy! 📚💖 7mo
AmyK1 Welcome to Litsy! If you like historical fiction I just finished The Invention of Wings and really liked it. Calling Me Home is another really good one. 7mo
justanotherbookreader @MayaB1226 Thank you so much! Glad to be here. 😊 7mo
justanotherbookreader @AmyK1 Ooooh I‘m always down for historical fiction. I‘ll add those to my TBR on Goodreads. Thank you so much! What are you currently reading? 7mo
justanotherbookreader @AmyK1 Btw, who is the author for Calling Me Home? There are a few different books by that title on Goodreads. 7mo
AmyK1 @justanotherbookreader Calling Me Home is by Julie Kibler. Right now I‘m reading Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, recommended by my dad. I‘m not liking it as much as he did. When I finish this I‘m starting The Last Year of the War. 7mo
FantasyDreams My fav genre is fantasy (think witches, elves, vampires,... that sort of thing) but my fav author is Stephen King, hands down. So far I loved Bag of Bones and The Eyes of the Dragon. 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Hi and welcome to Litsy!! I'm a bit of a newbie too, hope you make lots of litten friends whilst you're here and enjoy browsing through posts. I think my fave genres are historical fiction and non fiction, biographies, classics and hard lived childhoods, if that's a genre 7mo
justanotherbookreader @FantasyDreams Ooooh Stephen King. 😧 I‘m like so nervous to read his work. How was your reading experience of The Eyes of the Dragoon and Bag of Bones? I just imagine constantly being on the edge of my seat with his work. 😅 7mo
justanotherbookreader @Curiouser_and_curiouser Aww thank you so much! I‘m definitely excited to make friends who are all about that book life. 😁 and I think hard lived childhoods could fall under any category really. Just depends if you want nonfiction or fiction. 7mo
FantasyDreams @justanotherbookreader The Eyes of the Dragon I couldn‘t put down! Bag of Bones I had to put down and do something else every once in a while (no more than a day) because it gets a little under your skin because it gets a bit creepy. Once I had about 250 pages left, I just couldn‘t put it down. I finished at around 2am and I was totally creeped out. Don‘t read it at night! Lol. 7mo
FantasyDreams @justanotherbookreader Also, fair warning, most of his books can take anywhere from 50-200 pages to get interesting because he explains the. Background, scene, time, etc in a very good way IMO 7mo
justanotherbookreader @FantasyDreams Thank you for the heads up. That probably explains why his book IT is so long!! Have you seen that book in person? It‘s beastly! I‘ll add those two books to my goodreads. 😊 Perfect for the Halloween season. 🥰 7mo
FantasyDreams @justanotherbookreader IT was really good. I‘m so happy they‘re remaking the movie. Part 1 did the book so much more justice than the first version. 7mo
amok Hi, such an original way to introduce yourself!! I prefer fiction but every now and then I try to read non-fiction. Maybe you can be my guide here? I enjoyed Michelle Obama's biography enormously. For your summer reads; you might enjoy: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain. Very moving story about two young boys growing up and learning about love and friendship. Or House Rules by Jodi Picoult. 7mo
essayareayaitch Welcome. Though my profile probably says I've been here for a while, I'll fairly new too. Not sure how to navigate this, but I also love that I'm not always alone in book opinions 7mo
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cariashley
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Took a quick breather to take this pic from the bridge on my #audiorun today, just before it got cloudy and drizzly for the rest of the day. This memoir is good but I‘m really not in the mood for family/parenting subject matter at the moment, so kind of wish I‘d picked it up at a different time.

erzascarletbookgasm This place is so beautiful..calm..💙 7mo
Cathythoughts Such a beautiful place ... 7mo
cariashley @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts it‘s really lovely. And still not as crowded as it will get later in the summer ☺️ 7mo
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As predicted: I finished my grading, and now I‘m finished with this marvelous, moving memoir that contains complexity and, more than that, all of the wonderful writing and heart that made many of us fall for Nicole Chung at The Toast (RIP 😭😭😭😭😭). I‘ve had several friends who were adopted from Korea by white parents who didn‘t know what they were doing - and the resultant stress was huge. Chung writes about that beautifully. 4.5⭐️ #memoir

suzisteffen 📷 of Mount Hood - Chung grew up in Southern Oregon, but was born in Washington - by me, out the window of a plane. 7mo
Severnmeadows Stunning picture! 7mo
suzisteffen @Severnmeadows Thank you! I was lucky with the mountain and sunset timing. (Of course I feel that I‘m always lucky, flying into Portland!) 7mo
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suzisteffen
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One of June‘s #memoir plans. Just as soon as all of my grading gets finished. (Another book I‘ve had since it was published! #TBR pile magic wand.)

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BittersweetBooks
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And no one, no matter how smart or experienced, could expect to look at a tiny baby and know exactly who or what she would grow up to be 👶🏻

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5🌟 One of the most moving and honest memoirs I have ever read! I dont personally have any experience with adoption so this book really taught me a lot. It is a wonderful introspective look at being a Transracial Adoptee. Her story is sad at times but not tragic. Shedding light on how growing up in a small white community, with white parents was and the challenges that created. And much more!
#memoir #bookreview #bookreviewer

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This book was a little disappointing for me... While I liked hearing about her experience as an adoptee in a white family, and about her search for her biological family, I was already aware of the difficulties that can emanate from such adoptions, so I didn't learn anything new. I also had difficulty connecting emotionally with the book: the overthinking and the repetitions made it kind of dry for me.

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brennareadsbooks
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hope everyone is enjoying their saturday! this book is heartrending and beautiful in the best of ways.

Ashley_Nicoletto Such a sweet pup. 🖤 10mo
tammysue ❤️🐶 10mo
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Here‘s how it begins: “The story my mother told me about them was always the same.
Your birth parents had just moved here from Korea. They thought they wouldn‘t be able to give you the life you deserved.
It‘s the first story I can recall, one that would shape a hundred others once I was old enough and brave enough to go looking.”

Have you read this book yet? What are some memoirs you‘ve loved?

HKGirl I haven't read this, but really want to! It's been highly recommended by a bookish friend I trust. 😊 11mo
SW-T I read it and liked it. Two other standouts were We‘re Going To Need More Wine, Gabrielle Union, and Becoming, Michelle Obama. 11mo
Megabooks I read and liked this book! 11mo
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I am adopted and was so excited when I first heard about this book. I hadn't ever read a memoir of an adopted person before. I got the book for Christmas and it has sat since then because I became nervous to read it. This is one of the first books I've ever read where I identify strongly with aspects of a person's life experiences. To be frank, I keep having to put it down. The book is really good but it is poking some sore spots.

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I bought this one recently and thought I‘d start it this weekend since I have to read it for a group.

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Mitch
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This book about transracial adoption is beautifully written, full of Nicole Chung‘s own story and not the accepted wisdoms that each or any of the topics covered might suggest. It's very personal and you get the sense that the book is actually her way of figuring it all out - not that she's capturing what she's already concluded! I think it's that evolution that you've been invited on as a reader that makes this book so compelling.

TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 11mo
Mitch @TrishB ahhh...thank you x 11mo
Reggie I loved this book!!! Great review!! 11mo
Mitch @Reggie it was brilliant want it.. so thoughtful and she navigated family politics so well. 11mo
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emtobiasz
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I checked this out on #Hoopla last month, then dragged my feet on starting it. Memoirs, particularly the ones I listen to on audio, feel so personal, and the depth of thought and emotion they convey can be draining to experience. Nicole Chung‘s adoption and relationship to it do not make an easy story. But I started this book yesterday and I‘m already riveted.

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MallenNC
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This is what I have in mind for my #FebruaryTBR plus the tagged book, which I have on my Kindle. Three of these are for book clubs (IRL and virtual) #LiteraryLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!! I wish I had an irl book club!! 12mo
MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We have one in my building at work! I've never had a real life book club before, but it has been a great way to get to know people who work in other departments. 12mo
vkois88 I wish I had an IRL club too... 12mo
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mdhughes72
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Not *just* about transracial adoption. This is for anyone with children. Or siblings. Or parents. Or family of any kind. Or anyone who‘s wrestling with their own identity because of the ways we‘re pulled in myriad directions by our individualistic culture. I thought of Solomon‘s Far from the Tree and Ko‘s The Leavers as I read. Chung is painfully honest and vulnerable in describing her journey. Isn‘t that all that we ask for in a memoir? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

UrsulaMonarch Great review! 12mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Lots of interesting thoughts and questions about identity in this thought provoking memoir. Nicole Chung is Korean and was adopted by white parents. They lived in a predominantly white small town while she was growing up. Questions about adoption and belonging feature alongside her feelings about being the only Asian. All which lead her to search for her birth family. What she finds out about them is complicated as life often is.

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nomadreader
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Finally starting this one thanks to yesterday's Kindle sale and this week's National Book Critics Circle Award nomination.

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valeriegeary
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4 weeks post ankle sprain and I'm back on my bike! At least on my indoor trainer. It counts. Pedaling actually hurts less than walking so go figure. Feels good to be sweating again. Listening to this memoir about adoption for my in person book club--it's pretty intriguing, an inside look at the very complicated emotions of family, self, and belonging. #audiocycle

JennyM Glad to hear you are healing well and slowly getting back into it 12mo
LauraBeth 🙌🙌 12mo
readordierachel Good for you! 12mo
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VeganCleopatra I just sprained my ankle for the first time yesterday and I already miss working out. 😢 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra oh no!!! It's the worst! So sorry to hear you're going through the pain too. This is my 3rd sprain. I recommend not jumping into intense exercise too quickly, and make a consistent strength training/PT plan (neither of which I did the first 2 times). Once you sprain it, the ligaments are weak and it's easy to do it again. 😫😭 Hope you start to feel better soon! 12mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks! Mind if I pick your brain a bit about it? Like when did your swelling go down if you had swelling? When did you start any exercise? Strength training program, good idea. Any recommendations for that? Did ibuprofen etc by any chance help you? Oh and do you have a type of brace you think works best? Sorry about so many questions! I'm really hating this and it has only been a little over 24 hours! Ugh (edited) 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra oh sure! It definitely varies. I've had 2 major and 1 minor. The minor swelling was minimal, I was able to bare weight the next day. For more major ones: ice is your friend. Ice and rest. My ankle was uncomfortably swollen for about 2 weeks this time around. It's still minimally swollen now after 4 but I can move it and bare weight. I didn't walk on it really for a week after. Only to move rooms in my house.... 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra Urgent Care sent me home with a walking boot this time but I think it was a waste of money. If you can borrow one from someone it's nice to have the first week or so to hobble around. Otherwise crutches are just as good of an option, and cheaper. I used ibuprofen during the first 3 days when it hurt the most, mostly for pain. It doesn't really help heal, but it keeps your mind off the ache..... 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra Start writing the alphabet with your toes as soon as you feel comfortable. It's a great ROM exercise that is gentle but will help heal and get you moving again. Basically pretend there is a piece of chalk on your toe and write the letters in the air. Go as slow as you need to. I found other exercises on line, on youtube and my doctor gave me some. Basically it's up to you when to get back into your routine... 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra but for me, it was about 2 weeks before I did any walking more than around the block, 3 when I tried swimming, 4 when I got back on my bike. I haven't returned to running or my other sports and probably won't for another few weeks. Did you go see a doctor? They might have some other recommendations. But really, let yourself rest as much as you can. I know it's frustrating, but sprains take forever to heal. Mine is still painful 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra right now I'm using a lace up sports brace when I go on walks or ride my bike because my ankle feels weak still and this brace seems to be pretty supportive. I'll wear it when I get back into volleyball too. Simple Ace bandages are good too for the first few weeks. Hope that helps some! Unfortunately there's not a lot to heal a sprain but time and rest. 😢 12mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses! Ugh I'm a terrible rester! I get antsy and just want to be doing something active. That is probably going to be my biggest hurtle: resting enough so I don't slow my own healing or make it worse. I didn't go to the doctor because I'm pretty positive it is thankfully just minor but holy crap minor even sucks. I can put weight on it so that makes me feel better about it all. 12mo
VeganCleopatra I definitely have swelling and I really wonder how long it will last. I do so love the cankle look haha I'm glad to hear the range of swelling time because otherwise if this lasted more than a few days I'd be really worried. I have a high pain tolerance so that is another reason I worry I'll try to do too much. 🙄 (edited) 12mo
VeganCleopatra That alphabet exercise is great! It'll help my sanity when I'm made to sit in one place too. Haha what do you suggest searching for on YouTube specifically? Like what keywords? If I can't do my normal routines at least I can help myself heal right? Argh. I'm just hoping I'll still be able to do snowshoeing in February as planned! Do you have a specific ace bandage you feel works best for support etc during the first weeks? There are so many! 12mo
VeganCleopatra Did you ice as long as you were swollen or stop after a few days? Thank you so much, you've genuinely soothed some of my nerves. 12mo
valeriegeary You're welcome! If you can bear weight already you're doing great! But one reason to take your time with exercise is to avoid reinjury. Ice during first 48 hours, then ice as needed, and alternate heat. No specific brand of Ace, just what the doctor gave me. Look up ankle sprain physical therapy.... That should get you to some good videos. If you have free weights you could always do bicep curls to keep you busy! 💪😄 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra forgot to tag you ☝️☝️ If you can get up and down off the floor without hurting yourself, crunches and ab work are good distractions too while you wait for the ankle to heal. Here's to swift healing and snowshoeing in February! 🤞 (I'm hoping to get in some snowshoeing before the season ends too.) 12mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra the lace up brace I got is a Shock Doctor model 849. 12mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks again! My ankle and foot look awful but are feeling slightly improved. I'm definitely going to be trying some ab and free weight stuff to maintain my sanity. I've considered pilates since it is all mostly on the floor but I don't know if all the moves would be liked by my ankle right now. I've gotten a brace that I hope will help. I'm really enjoying all the limping around I'm getting to do. Fun stuff! 😩 here's to us both healing! 12mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A very thoughtful memoir about family, adoption, and motherhood.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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This is the book I‘m starting now. It took forever to come from the library-I hope it‘s good!

valeriegeary I started listening to the audiobook this week. I'm enjoying it so far 12mo
Reggie Sometimes I wanted to argue with her, but sometimes other people‘s experience is not your experience, and I had to remember that. I thought it was great, though. 12mo
ElishaLovesBooks @valeriegeary Glad to hear it! @Reggie That is a great reminder and so true!! 12mo
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“Family lore given to us as children has such a hold over us, such staying power. It can form the bedrock of another kind of faith, one to rival any religion, informing our beliefs about ourselves, and our families, and our place in the world.”

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This was a beautifully compelling memoir. Chung, born of Korean parents and adopted by a white family in the Pacific Northwest, sets out to discover the truth about her birth family. From a well-meaning but “color blind” white family to a complicated birth family, there‘s no certainty, but there is love.

“I know my place in my adoptive family is secure. That is not the same thing as always feeling that I belong.”

#readingwomenofcolor2019

valeriegeary My in person book club is reading this one this month! I'm looking forward to it! 13mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this too! 13mo
nelehelen Can‘t wait to read this! 13mo
BookInMyHands @valeriegeary Nice choice for book club. It‘s also fun reading a book where some of the places mentioned are places you‘ve been. It made me think so much, and not for he first time, about this very white PNW city I grew up in, and how hard that would have been as a person of color when I was a kid. 12mo
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erinreads
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Starting my first new read of the year with a big slice of the peanut butter pie I made last night. Hello, 2019. 👋🏻 #allyoucanevereat

Reviewsbylola Yum!! 13mo
silentrequiem That pie looks so good. 13mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Pickpick

This was a beautiful book. I read it on the hoopla app, which is a great resource if you have a library card. This story contained so much, but I really like the passages on faith, how we use “God‘s will” to simplify complicated matters and use it to try to erase or ignore a lot of pain. There is so much I can‘t get into here, but please read this book if you haven‘t already!

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mrozzz
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Pickpick

A beautiful in-depth look at Chung's personal experience with adoption, loving the parents who raised her and, as an adult, developing a close & complicated relationship with her sister. Her self-awareness is off the charts & perfectly lent itself to the emotions depicted here which otherwise may have fallen flat. Including specific examples of bullying she endured due to how she looked/her looks differing from her parents broke my heart.

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SW-T
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Pickpick

Read this in one long stretch. Some parts were really heartbreaking and others very joyful. Overall, a good read that brings up some very important things about adopting children of color.

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SW-T
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“All members of a family have their own ways of defining the others.”

So very true.

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BooksAtNight
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Spending this evening with Nicole Chung as she explores what adoption means to her; so far, I find her story both straightforward and nuanced. This is totally a #blamelitsy read, since I wouldn‘t have known about this book without The Reading Women shouting about it.
Also, anyone else‘s kitty seem to magically appear when they settle down to read?

CouronneDhiver Yep! She likes to appear and, then, sit in the most inconvenient spot 13mo
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Christine
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This was a sweet and very readable memoir. I‘m not sure I loved it as much some did...however, I think it‘s wonderful that a personal story about adoption, race, and identity is getting so much press, and I hope it encourages many more adoptees and members of mixed race families to share and write about their own unique experiences.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Whoa. This memoir about family, adoption, race, and truth seeking is beautifully written and emotionally powerful. Deep read as a mom. Recommend.

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Suet624
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I wasn‘t as enthralled as everyone else seems to be by this memoir. Wish I could say more about it, but I was surprisingly left feeling numb by the experience of reading it. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Hey , love your honesty, there are books that lots of folks love that for me are a “meh” .Glad there is always a more interesting book down the road! 13mo
saresmoore Hurm, don‘t think I‘ll rush to get to this one, then. I have a really hard time with memoirs for some reason. 13mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Thank you. 💕 13mo
Suet624 @saresmoore please, no. I‘m waiting to read the memoir that you write, though. 13mo
saresmoore Ditto. 13mo
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