No Biking in the House Without A Helmet

No Biking in the House Without A Helmet

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With four children of their own, Atlanta journalist Greene (There Is No Me Without You) and her husband, a criminal defense attorney, gradually adopted five more--one from Bulgaria and four from Ethiopia--to create a roiling, largehearted family unit.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374223069
0374223068
Branch Call Number: B Greene 2011
Characteristics: viii, 354 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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savtadina
Jan 30, 2012

Very well-story about the author and her husband adopting 5 children, 1 from Bulgaria in the early 1990s and then 4 more from Ethiopia later in that decade. As her 4 biological children were growing up and after having a miscarriage at 42, she and her husband considered adoption. A lot is told about how they welcomed the children into their homes, how they went about the process, etc. All 4 had been in loving homes before they "lost" their families, and that made a huge difference. The author writes with humor but also explains a lot about adoption through the example of her family. The last chapter is hilarious. This is an amazing read about an amazing family.

catincharge Nov 16, 2011

One of the best books I've read this year. Amazingly honest, insightful and truly funny.

zavirani Oct 20, 2011

A great read. Greene tells a very human and witty story simply about family, and what that means to her. Great stories about the good and bad emotions that come with adoption, and a very beautiful story about the ups and downs of being part of a large family.

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 28, 2011

This woman has such a great sense of quirky humor, combined with such a compassionate sense of humanity, that she made me laugh on one paragraph and brought me to tears in the next. This is an excellent read, very rewarding and hard to put down.

debwalker May 29, 2011

Love knows no bounds-and no borders-in journalist Greene's ebullient valentine to her family of nine children. When their oldest son goes off to college, Greene and her husband, Donny, decide to repopulate their emptying Atlanta nest with a Bulgarian boy, then a girl and three boys from Ethiopia. Differences are embraced as the kids adjust: Never taught imaginative play, Jesse tries to beat a toy weasel to death with a broom; goatherd Sol keeps spears in the tree house. Greene doesn't ignore her new kids' roots, taking the Ethiopians to their homeland and not only locating one son's grandmother but starting her off in the chicken farming business. "Who made you the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe?" a friend quips, but Greene doesn't apologize. Instead, she shows what it means to knit together a family that "steers by the light ... of what feels right and true."

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