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 made a highly uncommon gesture: when Grace’s biological parents became homeless, Vanessa invited them to stay.

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

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

Title:Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption
ISBN:9781503903692

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

  • Sarah Hyatt

    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 nich...

  • Natalie Joy

    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 pi...

  • Jo (A follower of wizards)

    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 ...

  • Julie Robichaux

    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 ...

  • Heather Macaulay-ditaranto

    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 m...

  • Goth Gone Grey

    More about the author than the adoption - very self-absorbedI 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-rel...

  • Erin

    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 ...

  • Julie Christine

    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 jour...

  • Char

    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 mo...

  • Stephen

    “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 jo...