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Before and after : the incredible real-life stories of orphans who survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society / Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate.

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Athens Regional Library System:
      Athens-Clarke County Library
NEW-BKS NONFIC 362.7309 CHRISTIE
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31001003835007 Checked out
Athens Regional Library System:
      Bogart Library
NONFICTION NONFIC 362.7309 CHRISTIE
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Athens Regional Library System:
      Watkinsville/Oconee County Library
NEW-BKS NONFIC 362.7309 CHRISTIE
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31001003835015 Reshelving
Catoosa County Library System:
      Catoosa County Library
NEW-BKS 362.73092 CHRISTIE, JUDY PACE
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31687002728933 Checked out
Chattooga County Library:
      Summerville Branch
Stacks 362.73092 CHR
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Coastal Plain Regional Library System:
      Tifton-Tift County Public Library
STACKS 362.730922 CHRISTIE, JUDY
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31013001874409 Checked out
Dougherty County Public Library:
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NONFIC 362.7309 CHRISTIE JUDY P
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31018904068512 Available
Dougherty County Public Library:
      Tallulah Branch
NONFIC 362.7309 CHRISTIE JUDY P
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31018904068504 Checked out
Elbert County Public Library System:
      Elbert County Public Library
NONFIC 362.73 CHRISTIE
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31020000507005 Checked out
Flint River Regional Library:
      Fayette County Public Library
ADULT 362.73 CHRISTIE
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31022009400901 In process
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Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593130148
  • ISBN: 0593130146
  • Physical Description: xiv, 292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]

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"From the 1920s through 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents--hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen children of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity words that their babies died. The publication of Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann's lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the fifteen family stories in this book, many determined survivors set out to trace their roots and find their families. Often raised by older parents as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Wingate and Christie tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed, and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art-meets-life, long silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children's Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Tennessee Children's Home Society > Corrupt practices > History.
Adoption agencies > Corrupt practices > Tennessee > History.
Family reunification > Tennessee > Case studies.
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