Online Book Publicity Promoting Mary Ellen Gambutti and her Newly Published Inspirational Memoir: I Must Have Wandered - An Adopted Air Force Daughter Recalls

Mary Ellen Gambutti
I Must Have Wandered:

An Adopted Air Force Daughter Recalls

This hybrid collage memoir is a poignant and inspirational coming-of-age story, a journey to self-hood set against a vivid backdrop of personal stories, letters, vignettes, articles, and photos.
The author portrays a South Carolina-born baby girl adopted in 1952 by a United States Air Force couple. She questions her placement within a transient lifestyle; the notion of temporary versus permanent. In lyrical language, she defines and confronts the myth-making around domestic adoption, the pervasive lies and cover-up of adoptees' heritage stories and original birth records. She pinpoints the laws that create barriers to their truth, and render them perpetual children. Trace the effects of her relinquishment at birth to religious institutions, through privilege, discipline, and separation; her family's care that wasn't enough to fill the void, to replace her loss of genetic mirrors. It will take reunion to restore and resolve her identity confusion and provide balm to a permanent wound.

Inspirational Memoir author: Mary Ellen Gambutti
Mary Ellen Gambutti

Book tags: inspirational personal experience memoir stories myths fables adoption adoptee rights helpful advice love parenting advocate adopted adoptive birth certificate OBC infancy infant home family relinquish relinquishment Catholic Charities South Carolina SC Charleston Sumter RockHill Greenville birthplace government agency U.S.A.F. Air Force military intelligence reconnaissance photos photography portraits childhood schools transfer transfers transience travel temporary permanent permanence search journey loss losses lost lose found gains self-hood self anxiety depression recovery panic separation separate separated attachment disorder attach psychologist wound primal social addiction adolescent adolescence trauma behavior therapy records papers documents original lies truth true sealed barrier ancestry ancestral heritage traits borrowed unknown heredity character characteristics motherhood fatherhood mother father biological paternity grandparents grandmother grandfather culture conceal secrecy secret genealogy genetic identification identify ID IQ mirror mirrors mirroring Catholicism verbal abuse pre-verbal emotional confusion confused dissociation dissociative religious articles religion firsts communion confession prayer priesthood deacon martyrs holy abusive discipline duty puzzle pieces collage Baby Scoop Era Baby-Scoop-Era forced foster care family siblings half-siblings half-sister sisters birthmother birth-mother natural vignettes prose lyrical letters epistolary legal legislature revealed reunion abandonment abandon wanderer wandering wandered wander Mary Ellen Gambutti I Must Have Wandered An Adopted Air Force Daughter Recalls
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Book tags: inspirational personal experience memoir stories myths fables adoption adoptee rights helpful advice love parenting advocate adopted adoptive birth certificate OBC infancy infant home family relinquish relinquishment Catholic Charities South Carolina SC Charleston Sumter RockHill Greenville birthplace government agency U.S.A.F. Air Force military intelligence reconnaissance photos photography portraits childhood schools transfer transfers transience travel temporary permanent permanence search journey loss losses lost lose found gains self-hood self anxiety depression recovery panic separation separate separated attachment disorder attach psychologist wound primal social addiction adolescent adolescence trauma behavior therapy records papers documents original lies truth true sealed barrier ancestry ancestral heritage traits borrowed unknown heredity character characteristics motherhood fatherhood mother father biological paternity grandparents grandmother grandfather culture conceal secrecy secret genealogy genetic identification identify ID IQ mirror mirrors mirroring Catholicism verbal abuse pre-verbal emotional confusion confused dissociation dissociative religious articles religion firsts communion confession prayer priesthood deacon martyrs holy abusive discipline duty puzzle pieces collage Baby Scoop Era Baby-Scoop-Era forced foster care family siblings half-siblings half-sister sisters birthmother birth-mother natural vignettes prose lyrical letters epistolary legal legislature revealed reunion abandonment abandon wanderer wandering wandered wander Mary Ellen Gambutti I Must Have Wandered An Adopted Air Force Daughter Recalls
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