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Ds a waterfall of jazz splashing over the rocks of love pain and the honoring of family Magically this book finds a way to sing as it cries and to exude compassion even as it dispels well entrenched myths Destined to become a classic this stirring account is sure to find itself well worn stained by tears and brushed by laughter in the lap of parents adolescents educators students and professionals Here comes the rain and the sunshine all at once. I find this book to be self indulgent and than a little repetitive Jaiya John says the same thing in every chapter He had a good life with good parents but felt disconnected from his family and friends because his race wasn t something he could talk about This book would have been an excellent memoir and an important piece of literature for those adopting black children if it had been better editedThe poetry in this book is beautiful and it may be worth reading just for that Jaiya John overdoes the prose however continually using several adjectives adverbs metaphors and similes to describe each detail of his life A person cannot just say something he or she tenderly tells or let words pass through their lips The same points are hammered page after page Somehow the childhood he conveys is one in which he suffered pain shame embarrassment and low self esteem He writes that his brother Greg also black must have had the same thoughts too but Jaiya John apparently either didn t ask him or Greg didn t want his opinions in the book Jaiya John often speaks for other people and we re left with an incomplete picture of his lifeThis book is not the best one about transracial adoption Other than this man s self pity there are maybe a dozen salient points put forth The rest is redundant and overdone

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July 15 1968 It is only three months following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr and the nation is burning Black and White America are locked in the tense grip of massive change Into this inferno steps an unsuspecting young White couple Neither had truly known even a single African American person while growing up Now a child will change all of that forever In this fateful moment a Black baby becomes perhaps the first in the history of. This book was so difficult for me to read I started it last winter and finally finished it tonight Every time I read from it it took an effort to pick it up I m relieved it s over I m going to have to read something fluffy nextI think it s good that I have read it and am going to focus on what I learned from it and not all the fears it raised in me The story is a memoir of the first African American baby to be adopted by a white family in New Mexico He was born in 1968 and his adoptive family lived in an overwhelmingly white community The book focuses on his struggles growing up one of the very few black people in his familycommunityschool This book intimidated me he makes it clear that his adoptive parents did there very best to make him feel loved and every much a part of their family as their biological children were But he didn t It s scary to think about I am going to do my best to learn from his story and be very clear with our daughter about her adoption story I hope so much that we get information about her biological family so that we can share that with her I will strive to keep lines of communication open We will not ignore the color of my daughter s skin We will discuss it and I will do everything I can to help her feel proud of the way she looks and how it represents her culture One of the parts of the story that stuck out to me was when he watched Roots It was very hard for him to watch it and see the horror that was slavery in this country It made his biological mother very uncomfortable and I can t remember the exact uote but she said something like You re being funny about this I could see myself wanting to slip past conversations that will be hard and will make us uncomfortable But it is important to validate my future daughter s feelings and be a support system for her

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New Mexico to be adopted by a White family Here is a brazenly honest glimpse into the mind and heart of that child a true story for the ages that flows like a soulful river separated from his mother at birth placed into foster care adopted and finally reunited with his biological family in adulthood an astounding journey of personal discovery Jaiya John has opened the floodgates on his own childhood with this piercing memoir Black Baby White Han. As a white adoptive mom to 2 beautiful brown babies I am so thankful Jaiya John shared his life with us It isn t easy to read that sometimes love isn t enough but it s important to know the kind of thoughts and feelings my kids might have that they don t want to share or can t share


10 thoughts on “Black Baby White Hands A View from the Crib

  1. says:

    This book was so difficult for me to read I started it last winter and finally finished it tonight Every time I read from it it took an effort to pick it up I'm relieved it's over I'm going to have to read something fluffy nextI think it's good that I have read it and am going to focus on what I learned from it and not all the fears it raised in me The story is a memoir of the first African American baby to be adopted

  2. says:

    I have read this book cover to cover several times I continue to pick it up and take each bite and find myself fed and feeling full As

  3. says:

    Oh my God I hated this bookFirst imagine a four year old telling you his every thought Then imagine the opposite of stoicismThen imagine so many double binds and hypocrisies that you want to spit Imagine the tragic sensitive artist digging through issues of race This book was self published which apparently means that he couldn't be trouble

  4. says:

    As a white adoptive mom to 2 beautiful brown babies I am so thankful Jaiya John shared his life with us It isn't easy to read that sometimes love isn't enough but it's important to know the kind of thoughts and feelings my kids might have that they don't want to share or can't share

  5. says:

    This book written by Jaiya shares his experience as a black baby adopted by a white family in the late 1960's This was very thoughtfully written about his experience recognizing the challenges that various family members may have and how it impacted him whether they were conscious of the challenges or not Throughout this book Jaiya made it very clear that he valued them all but had to find himself in order t

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    My notes save for J

  7. says:

    Incomplete review I need a way to start a draft and then come back to it without saving it and others seeing it before it's done lolWhile this book was not easy for me to read it was excellent and I think anyone who loves a good book would appreciate this memoir of a Black man's experience growing up in a Whit

  8. says:

    I find this book to be self indulgent and than a little repetitive Jaiya John says the same thing in every chapter He had a good life with good parents but felt disconnected from his family and friends because his race wasn't something he could talk about This book would have been an excellent memoir and an important piece

  9. says:

    Happy I read it but it wasn't easy His writing is REALLY indulgent and it is 350 pages of him repeating that he didn't feel he belonged Not that I want to diminish that feeling but it could have used some editing He writes without much structure floating from his emotional turmoil to his spiritual life without grounding these in a certain time or circumstance The book does have powerful moments usually when he actually tells his story in li

  10. says:

    The author writes an important story especially for anyone considering transracial adoption But it was so very very tedious to read the melodramatic prose I found myself skimming sections because of the over the top flowery language It is not in chronological order which makes it very hard to follow Still it has lessons for the transracial parent and perhaps validation for the transracial adoptee that are not

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