Lucky Girl: A Memoir

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Mei-Ling Hopgood*

When former Detroit Free Press reporter Mei Ling Hopgood was in her 20s she decided she was ready to learn about her biological family. Her parents introduced her to the nun who facilitated her adoption who then contacted Hopgood's birth family. The young woman was soon inundated with calls, e-mails and even faxes from her birth family in Taiwan. She learned that she had a mother, father, a brother and several sisters eager to meet her. Her biological father paid for a plane ticket to visit and soon she was part of the family.

Her fast-paced memoir explains how Hopgood was able to make up for lost time with her biological family and welcome them in to her life as they quickly welcomed her into theirs.One of my favorite parts of the book is when one of Hopgood's older sisters teaches her how to make dumplings,one of Hopgood's all-time favorites. Hopgood's website calls this book "a tale of love and loss, frustration, hilarity, deep sadness and great discovery that helps her understand the meaning of family."
Cyndi L., Reference
*This book is only available through MeL Interlibrary Loan

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