Looking for Lost Bird by Yvette Melanson
A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots

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In this haunting memoir, Yvette Melanson tells of being raised to believe that she was white and Jewish. At age forty-three, she learned that she was a "Lost Bird," a Navajo child taken against her family's wishes, and that her grieving birth mother had never stopped looking for her until the day she died. In this haunting memoir, Yvette Melanson tells of being raised to believe that she was white and Jewish. At age forty-three, she learned that she was a "Lost Bird," a Navajo child taken against her family's wishes, and that her grieving birth mother had never stopped looking for her until the day she died.
 

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Melanson was a stolen child who searched for her origins and eventually found them in a truth that she could never have conjured for herself. Safran is a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
 
Published March 1, 1999 by William Morrow. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Even so, there are some nice touches: a scene, for one, in which Melanson, now living on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, recites a Hebrew prayer for peace, harmony, and success (“ ‘C’mon, God,’ I whispered, ‘make this work’ “), and some affecting moments when she encounters her si...

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