1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
9781945547393, $18.99, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" is the highly suspenseful account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.
As if it were a deftly crafted mystery novel, "Finding Family" is the story of how Hill gathered the seemingly scant evidence surrounding the circumstances of his birth. As his resolve shores up, Hill also availed himself of the services and assistance of new friends, genealogists, the Internet, and the latest DNA tests in the new field of genetic genealogy. As he closes in on the truth of his ancestry, he is able to construct a living, breathing portrait of the young woman who was faced with the decision to forsake her rights to her child, and ultimately the man whose identity had remained hidden for decades.
"Finding Family" offers guidance, insight, and motivation for anyone engaged in a similar mission, from ways to obtain information to the many networks that can facilitate adoption searches. "Finding Family" also includes a detailed guide to DNA and genetic genealogy and how they can produce irrefutable results in determining genetic connections and help adoptees bypass sealed records and similar stumbling blocks.
Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, an inherently fascinating and compelling read from beginning to end, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" is an extraordinary account. While unreservedly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Finding Family" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Tantor Audio, 9781515968511, $24.99, MP3 CD).