Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption

Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption

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 From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother...

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Title:Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption
Author:Vanessa McGrady
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1503903699
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:204 pages pages

Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption Reviews

  • Karen
    Mar 22, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

    COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I was adopted as a 4 month old baby in a closed adoption but through God's infinite Grace a LOVELY woman reunited my family with me and I was able to spend 25 years of lost time with my birth mom before she passed away in 2018. Open adoptions allow those...

    3.5 Stars I didn?t seek out this book. I got it free from Amazon and read it because one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I didn?t love the writing in the book and felt like the writer couldn?t decide between being conversational and formal. But I did like the story and ...

    Best book I have read in a while! This book is so honest and poignant?at times heartbreaking and at times so hopeful and rich that it brought me to tears. My story is similar so it resonates with me. But even if adoption isn?t a part of your life, this book is, to put it simply ...

    When I saw the lovely title Rock Needs River, I knew this memoir would offer some emotional content. But for those who haven't read it yet, it's not a weeper or a downer at all. It's so much more than 'adoption.' It's about the stresses of single life, dating, longing, trying so, so ha...

    Read this book in a day! What a page-turner! I found so many similarities between Vanessa and I that it started to seem eerie. She has inspired me to start looking into adopting after not being able to have my own children. It gives me hope that I can find that missing piece and fil...

    There is a lot of backstory before the adoption of the subtitle happens. I would really like the biological parents to write their side of this story, too; there are bits of it here, but filtered through the author's privilege. I hope the author's relationship with her daughter goes be...

  • Pattie
    Jan 18, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

  • Stephen
    Sep 27, 2018

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

  • Julie Christine
    Dec 30, 2018

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

  • SusanS
    Jan 05, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

  • Erin
    Jan 04, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

  • David Groves
    Feb 21, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

  • Sarah Hyatt
    Jan 03, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

  • Joi
    Feb 19, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

  • Lakshmi
    Jan 15, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

  • Kimberley Moran
    Sep 18, 2018

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

  • Kristina Marie
    Feb 02, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

    COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I was adopted as a 4 month old baby in a closed adoption but through God's infinite Grace a LOVELY woman reunited my family with me and I was able to spend 25 years of lost time with my birth mom before she passed away in 2018. Open adoptions allow those...

    3.5 Stars I didn?t seek out this book. I got it free from Amazon and read it because one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I didn?t love the writing in the book and felt like the writer couldn?t decide between being conversational and formal. But I did like the story and ...

    Best book I have read in a while! This book is so honest and poignant?at times heartbreaking and at times so hopeful and rich that it brought me to tears. My story is similar so it resonates with me. But even if adoption isn?t a part of your life, this book is, to put it simply ...

    When I saw the lovely title Rock Needs River, I knew this memoir would offer some emotional content. But for those who haven't read it yet, it's not a weeper or a downer at all. It's so much more than 'adoption.' It's about the stresses of single life, dating, longing, trying so, so ha...

    Read this book in a day! What a page-turner! I found so many similarities between Vanessa and I that it started to seem eerie. She has inspired me to start looking into adopting after not being able to have my own children. It gives me hope that I can find that missing piece and fil...

  • Sharon Jones
    Jan 08, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

  • Char
    Jan 09, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

  • Bonnye Reed
    Feb 07, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

  • Kristen
    Jan 31, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

    COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I was adopted as a 4 month old baby in a closed adoption but through God's infinite Grace a LOVELY woman reunited my family with me and I was able to spend 25 years of lost time with my birth mom before she passed away in 2018. Open adoptions allow those...

    3.5 Stars I didn?t seek out this book. I got it free from Amazon and read it because one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I didn?t love the writing in the book and felt like the writer couldn?t decide between being conversational and formal. But I did like the story and ...

  • Beth Ellor
    Jan 25, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

  • Wendy Kinsey
    Jan 09, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

    COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I was adopted as a 4 month old baby in a closed adoption but through God's infinite Grace a LOVELY woman reunited my family with me and I was able to spend 25 years of lost time with my birth mom before she passed away in 2018. Open adoptions allow those...

    3.5 Stars I didn?t seek out this book. I got it free from Amazon and read it because one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I didn?t love the writing in the book and felt like the writer couldn?t decide between being conversational and formal. But I did like the story and ...

    Best book I have read in a while! This book is so honest and poignant?at times heartbreaking and at times so hopeful and rich that it brought me to tears. My story is similar so it resonates with me. But even if adoption isn?t a part of your life, this book is, to put it simply ...

  • Jo
    Mar 30, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

  • Christina
    Jan 02, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

    COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I was adopted as a 4 month old baby in a closed adoption but through God's infinite Grace a LOVELY woman reunited my family with me and I was able to spend 25 years of lost time with my birth mom before she passed away in 2018. Open adoptions allow those...

    3.5 Stars I didn?t seek out this book. I got it free from Amazon and read it because one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I didn?t love the writing in the book and felt like the writer couldn?t decide between being conversational and formal. But I did like the story and ...

    Best book I have read in a while! This book is so honest and poignant?at times heartbreaking and at times so hopeful and rich that it brought me to tears. My story is similar so it resonates with me. But even if adoption isn?t a part of your life, this book is, to put it simply ...

    When I saw the lovely title Rock Needs River, I knew this memoir would offer some emotional content. But for those who haven't read it yet, it's not a weeper or a downer at all. It's so much more than 'adoption.' It's about the stresses of single life, dating, longing, trying so, so ha...

  • Heather Macaulay-ditaranto
    Jan 04, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

  • Tami Sullivan
    Jan 08, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

  • Beth
    Feb 15, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

  • Natalie Joy
    Jan 06, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

  • Ceecee
    Jan 05, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

  • Cathy
    Feb 17, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

  • Meredith Reads
    Feb 05, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

  • Julie Robichaux
    Jan 09, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

  • Goth Gone Grey
    Jan 05, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

  • Amira  Richardson
    Jan 24, 2019

    This book fails miserably at all the things it claims to be. It perfectly fits my usual interests -- memoir! adoption! OPEN adoption! I was so excited to see a book that fit my odd little reading niche so nicely, especially for free. I dove into it, hoping it would be my first grea...

    I'm disappointed that this was my first completed read of the year! I am glad that it was a free read via Amazon's Kindle First program because I cannot imagine wanting to spend money on this fluff piece. The book blurb suggests a "funny" and "witty" story of a mother's 2 year wait...

    Overall, this wasn't a terrible read, but it really wasn't very good, either. I must begin by saying, that any person that adopts a child, I have admiration for, as it is never a process that is done lightly. It is usually lengthy, difficult and sometimes, can be pretty emotional for a...

    Oh, man, the author was so close to getting it...and just never did. I was aching for her to develop some sort of insight ? any sort of insight! ? into why she felt and behaved as she did towards her daughter's bio-parents. Instead, over and over again, I read confused complaint...

    Entertaining at first but quickly turned into a narcissistic account of one woman's (the author, perhaps?) Sexual encounters, work history and selfish desire to have a baby when obviously she wasn't meant to be a mother. I was disappointed that this story appeared to be the memoirs ...

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbed I wish more of the book had the upbeat, optimistic style of this example: "My parents taught me how to create a tribe. Some of my blood-related family is in my tribe, to be sure, but most of its members I?ve picked ...

    I came across this book as a free download from Amazon Prime. I almost bailed just 20 pages in (mostly due to swearing) but decided to stick with it because it was describing a life and circumstances foreign to my own life and circumstances. While somewhat interesting, I found the writ...

    This is the story of a woman growing into her heart. With cozy candor that invites the reader to pour a tall glass of malbec, kick off her shoes and curl into the sofa, Vanessa McGrady shares her journey of choice and circumstance to becoming a mother. One summer day, I was lolling ...

    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of January. "From a story first told on 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" Oh, how misleading this little blurb is! ...

    ?Rock Needs River? is more than a story about an ?open adoption,? whereby the parents putting a child up for adoption remain part of that child?s life. Author Vanessa McGrady?s personal journey toward adoptive motherhood details the process by which she was able to loca...

    Not my favorite read The author paints herself in a virtuous tone, but instead presents herself as needy and victimized. I was disappointed. Pass on this depressing, self-congratulatory mess of a book. ...

    Alright guys this is going to be a lot of ranting, so buckle up! It might be a bumpy ride. This book was touted as "Vanessa?s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine?s journey to find her tribe" and "A touching memo...

    I got this as a free Amazon download, and, as the product of a closed adoption, I was eager to learn about the author's experience with open adoption. The story about her journey to obtain a child was somewhat interesting. And it rightly portrays infant adoption exactly as it is ?...

    Not one of the best I did not care for the main character, Vanessa. She seemed self-centered, hard to please and unwilling to make any commitment. She went through men like they were there to please her and if anything went astray in her thinking, they were toast. She allowed hersel...

    4.5 Stars I don't know what I was expecting from this book about an open adoption, I think I was just being nosey and wanted to see how everyone reacted. I don't think this is exactly what was promised in the blurb, but I really enjoyed it. It left me thinking about everyone inv...

    I picked this book because as a parent in an open adoption, I hoped to glean insights on how others do it and how to get better at it. While this is a vulnerable, honest look at what open adoption looks like, it made me sad to see the child's parents history, their weakest moments laid...

    Vanessa?s story is exceptional but it?s her writing that pulls you in close and keeps you there. I opened the book expecting to read a few pages to see what I was getting into and closed it three hours later on the last page. ...

    This book was a disappointment. I thought the book would be...well...different. The book felt like the author was trying to convince the world she was a good person (she donated $50 to the food pantry after all) and there were many discrepancies in her story. First she says her parents...

    A life fully lived Vanessa McGrady pulls no punches in describing her own life and her transformation into a passionate mother. Because I'm also a late-blooming passionate mother (since 1988) so much of it rings true. She upends the sentimentality that often surrounds adoption to th...

    GNAB Rock Needs River is an intriguing memoir about Vanessa McGrady's very open adoption of her daughter Grace. And as traumatic as it was, as all 'transplants' are, the honest and very transparent way this adoption went has to be better than secretive way most adoptions in my day were...

    Amazon Kindle First for January I picked this as I was hoping for some insight into open adoption of which I have no experience or understanding. If that?s what you are looking for - forget it with this book. It was about 30% in before adoption was even mentioned as it was more m...

    Not a fan Rather than being a real story about open adoption, this was more the progressive feminist diatribe of a narcissist. All relationships revolved around the author and her point of view. I found it disturbing. ...

    What a free, easy, loving skate of a read this is! I mean this only in the best way, as in the way that the classic memoir Wild reads. I could read this memoir in bed in the morning, put it down, and whenever I passed it during the day, it would be calling to me. I would pick it up and...

    oh my goodness, what a great read ... i've heard of many folks who have adopted kids ... one or multiple i can not imagine ... i am not parent but i can imagine the feelings and the emotions u might feel or go through ... i am a companionate person ... those feelings come easily and at...

    COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I was adopted as a 4 month old baby in a closed adoption but through God's infinite Grace a LOVELY woman reunited my family with me and I was able to spend 25 years of lost time with my birth mom before she passed away in 2018. Open adoptions allow those...