Doss's charming, touching, and at times hilarious chronicle tells how each of the children, representing white, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Mexican, and Native American backgrounds, came to her and husband Carl, a Methodist minister. She writes of the way the "unwanted" feeling was erased with devoted love and understanding and how the children united into one happy family. Her account reads like a novel, with scenes of hard times and triumphs described in vivid prose. The Family Nobody Wanted, which inspired two films, opened doors for other adoptive families and was a popular favorite among parents, young adults, and children for more than thirty years. Now this edition will introduce the classic to a new generation of readers. An epilogue by Helen Doss that updates the family's progress since 1954 will delight the book's loyal legion of fans around the world.
I looked her up then, and saw she'd written a book about their experience adopting.
This was a fascinating read, not just b/c of her unique experience of adopting so many kids, but b/c of her down home style of writing. Doss shares little anecdotes of the children's conversations, along with comments made by neighbors and her and her husband's own insights and fears, and the result is a fast, easy interesting read.
This book is about a couple who couldn't have a child and decided that they could adopt one instead. Once they had one, the kid decided he wanted a brother (and they decided they would like another) and so they got another, and then another, and another, and another, and another, and another.... Takes place mostly in the 1930s and 1940s (in America).