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In Full Bloom  by Caroline Hwang   Ginger Lee has come to New York to be someone - not to be with someone - but her mother has other plans.


In the Absence of Sun: A Korean American Woman's Promise to Reunite Three Lost Generations of Her Family  by Helie Lee    Written by the author of Still Life with Rice, this book is about the author's mission to rescue her uncle, trapped in North Korea and possibly endangered by the publication of her first book.


In the Moonlight Mist  by Daniel San Souci   A good-hearted woodcutter finds a heavenly wife in this retelling of a Korean folk tale.


In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family  by Nansook Hong    Hong, who arrived in the U.S. from Seoul as a 15-year-old bride handpicked by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon for his son, shares her story of 14 years of harrowing abuse at the hands of the Moon family, and her eventual escape to make a new life.


In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories  by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda    In this collection of interviews conducted with black and biracial young adults adopted by white parents, the authors present the personal stories of two dozen individuals who hail from a wide range of religious, economic, political, and professional backgrounds. How does the experience affect their racial and social identities, their choice of friends and marital partners, and their lifestyles? In addition to interviews, the book includes overviews of both the history and current legal status of transracial adoption.


Inside Transracial Adoption  by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall    Comprehensive guide sharing studies, statistics, personal anecdotes and more, urging parents to do whatever it takes to authentically connect their children with their roots...both in adoptive family and in the culture of their birth parents.


Insight Guides: South Korea  by the Discovery Channel   


Instant Korean  by Boye Lafayette De Mente   


International Adoption  by Jean Knoll and Mary-Kate Murphy   These two mothers have adopted from South America, and, through the sharing of each of their stories as well as factual information, readers can gain a greater awareness and insight into international adoption as a whole.


International Adoption Travel Journal  by Mary Peteryl   Travel diary designed specifically for families who are journeying to pick up their new child. Includes six sections: adoption specific information; flight itineraries; daily journal pages; cities, accommodations, and foods; thoughts and activities upon arriving home; and a telephone and address book.


International Adoption Travel Journal  by Mary E. Petertyl   Six sections include adoption specific info; flight itineraries; daily journal pages; cities, accommodations, and foods; thoughts and activities upon arriving home; and a telephone and address book.


Is That Your Sister?  by Catherine and Sherry Bunin    Mother-daughter team share biracial family story and pics regarding the adoption of another sister. B&W '70s photos...excellent dialogue. There is an updated version of this book that appeared to be illustrated instead.


It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races  by Lena Williams   


Jia  by Hyejin Kim    Jia grows up in a North Korean gulag before escaping, first to an Pyongyang orphanage and then to dance school where she performs for foreign dignitaries and the Great Leader himself.


Jin-Woo  by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet    Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decided that having a baby brother will be fine. It's hard to tell which tells the more powerful story...the text or the pictures.


Journey Home: A Collection of Korean Recipes and Cultural Memories  edited by the Mothers Association of Korean Americans   


Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness  by Betty Jean Lifton    I have not finished this book, but it has earned acclaim for its address of attachment issues and other struggles some adult adoptees face.


Jumping Day  by Barbara Juster Esbensen   A little (Asian) girl jumps through her day.


K is for Korea  by Hyechong Cheung and Prodeepta Das    A photographic alphabet introducing Korea.


Katie-Bo  by Iris L. Fisher    Boy tells story of how his sister joined the family (escort story).