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DOWNTOWN CENTRAL LIBRARY - Author Vanessa McGrady: Rock Needs River

Book Launch Party

McGrady-24748-RockNeedsRiver-CV-FT_v2McGrady author photo (c) Stephanie Simpson 2016

Saturday, February 2, 2019; 2 p.m., Downtown Central Auditorium. 

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY:  Rock needs River: a memoir about a very open adoption by Vanessa McGrady. 

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 adopt—slogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and despair—a miracle finally happened for Vanessa McGrady. Her sweet baby, Grace, was a dream come true. Then Vanessa made a highly uncommon gesture: when Grace’s biological parents became homeless, Vanessa invited them to stay.

Without a blueprint for navigating the practical basics of an open adoption or any discussion of expectations or boundaries, the unusual living arrangement became a bottomless well of conflicting emotions and increasingly difficult decisions complicated by missed opportunities, regret, social chaos, and broken hearts.

Written with wit, candor, and compassion, Rock Needs River is, ultimately, Vanessa’s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine’s journey to find her tribe.

*Teens will be eligible to receive community service hours after the program.*  See our Eventbrite page.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Glendale Library

 


 

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