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Immediate Family

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First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. In describing a young woman talking to the narrator's husband at a party: “Her hands were thrust coolly in her pockets, as if pinning her otherwise weightless frame to the earth.

Critical review varied from praising the book as "timeless and magic," to chastising it as "pornographic and exploitative. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.It meant to explain a theme on adoptive parents and what not they have to do or say to their adopted children. IMMEDIATE FAMILY by Ashley Nelson Levy is my last read of 2021 and unfortunately I didn’t care for it. Tipped in on ffep is a handwritten letter from a mother to her daughter, a photography student, acknowledging the controversial nature of the work and saying that after having talked with the artist and the children she knows that the work will be inspirational to her.

Powerful vignettes, such as memories of Danny being bullied as a child for looking different, blend with musings about the history of transracial adoption, Victorian literature, and famous adoptees. This book was full of poignant quotes, that I just knew I’d love to go back to, so I underlined and highlighted all the way through.Sometimes I find myself correcting him based on some earlier version I’ve heard from his mother or sister.

Used – Good / Dust jacket has obvious signs of wear consisting of surface scratching and some mild fraying along the edges.

At a time when international/transracial adoption was rarer, her parents brought Danny home to California from Thailand to be her little brother.

I liked the feeling that we were all banded together against something while we waited, even in our silence.

In the speech, she rehashes her and Danny’s tumultuous history, including their parents’ five-year wait to adopt a child, beginning in 1989, before matching with three-year-old Danny, when the narrator was nine.

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