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Praise for ADHD According to Zoë

ADHD According to ZoëJust a few samples of what they’re saying about ADHD According to Zoë:

from Media:

Book Review: ADHD According to Zoë by Kay Marner
Psych Central

Shelf Esteem by Carter Hammett
the scene in TO

Local author writes the ABCs of ADHD by Tracey Richardson
The Sun Times

from Readers:

ADHD According to Zoë kept me spellbound from the first page to the last. …Think Pippi Longstocking all grown up! …I’ll be recommending this one to my clients!”

– Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, author of Survival Tips for Women with ADHD
Read the full review HERE.

“This book caused memories of my own to resurface, forcing me to look at my past….and so many things made sense suddenly! I was diagnosed two years ago, at the age of 35…but that diagnosis really hasn’t meant anything to me until I read this book!

Today, I move forward. Today I begin the process of truly understanding who I am, why I am that way and what I can do about helping myself. Today is a brand new day.”

– Shannon
Read the full review HERE.

“Thank you so much for writing your book ADHD According to Zoe. It was the first book I found written especially for women with ADHD. As a 21 year old woman who just recently got diagnosed, it provided me with so much comfort to hear about someone who went through similar struggles.

Thank you again for being an inspiration!”

“Zoe has a relatable voice that is easy to read and makes you smile. It felt like I was getting drinks with her at the local dive bar and she was giving me tips on how to deal with my lack of focus.”

– Sassy Peach, Book Blogger
Read the full review HERE.

“Zoe had [sic] created a fascinating personal account of her life with Attention Deficit Disorder and how she has struggled to find happiness in a very chaotic and out of control life.”

– Nina Harrington
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Praise for Adoption Reunions

Adoption Reunions by Michelle McColm, Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, 1993

Just a few samples of what they’re saying about Adoption Reunions:

from Experts:

Adoption Reunions is the most comprehensive book about reunions so far. Michelle McColm, in drawing on her own experience and those of other reuniting participants, has presented a sensitive and compassionate guide for those involved in all phases of the reunion process.”

– Nancy Verrier, MFCC, author of The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adoptive Child

Adoption Reunions is the most comprehensive book about reunions so far.”

“Adoption Reunions is a remarkable book that provides a balanced, compassionate, objective and comprehensive assessment of adoption and reunion experiences involving challenges and rewards, fears and hopes, anguish and joy. McColm offers valuable suggestions that can provide a road map for those who have experienced or are contemplating adoption and reunion. …a must-read for those working in the field of adoption.”

– Paul Sachdev, Ph.D., editor of Unlocking the Adoption Files & Adoption: Current Issues and Trends and Adoption: Current Issues and Trends (ed.)

from Readers:

“I enjoyed your book Adoption Reunions so much that I read it twice.”

– Louise, birth mother, Baulkham Hills, Australia

“As an adoptee myself, I have a lot of gratitude for the work you are doing. I particularly value your willingness to share your own story, which adds a lot to the book.”

– Bruce Henry, Writer and Literary Consultant, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

“I felt moved to tell you how helpful Adoption Reunions has been. I find I am marking almost every paragraph with Post-It Notes. I skipped to p. 77 “Growing Up Adopted” for courage and solace…I can relate so much to your book. Thank you so much.”

– Alice, adoptee, San Diego, California, USA

“I have just finished reading your book Adoption Reunions… It is now 5:30 a.m. and I have been up all night. I am going to read your book again more slowly this time. It has helped me so much.”

– Barbara, birth mother, Nova Scotia, Canada

“For 14 years I’ve been in complete turmoil and overwhelmed with adoption guilt and shame. Only after reading your book have I really felt such tremendous relief in knowing others feel exactly as I do. I took the first deep breath in years and it feels wonderful!…thank you a million times over for your insight!”

– Tracey, adoptee, Ontario, Canada

“…What a gift you have given this whole circle of people. …I found your book so completely sensitive and gentle. It helped me tremendously. …Your book was such a validation and acknowledgement of everything I went through then and am going through now.

“It was wonderful to see the adoptees’ perspective and the adoptive family’s views too. …I am sure, should my search find [my birth daughter], your sharing all these points of view will make it a more sensitive encounter.”

– Karen, birth mother, New Hampshire, USA

“I am a birth mother in the middle of the reunion process. …Your book gave me a great deal of insight into adoption and an understanding of all the emotions that go with it. I was so pleased to find such a straight-forward Canadian book on this subject. I found the book at the library, read it the same day and the next day went and found a copy of my own.”

– Patricia, birth mother, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Adoption Reunions Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in Print!

Zoë Kessler’s award-winning book, Adoption Reunions: A Book for Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Families, celebrates 20 years in print in 2013. Published under Kessler’s adoptive name, Michelle McColm, Adoption Reunions first appeared in print in 1993, published by Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Adoption Reunions is now in its third print run and continues to help adult adoptees and their families to successfully navigate a reunion and the emotions that come with this life-changing event.


“Adoption Reunions is the most comprehensive book about reunions so far…”

Nancy Verrier, MFCC, adoptive mother and author of The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adoptive Child, California, U.S.A.



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