New book: Once They Hear My Name

My friend Marilyn Lammert and her colleagues have a new book out. DC area residents are invited to a book party with the authot-editors on September 14th. If any DC bloggers go, please let me know so we can meet.

Once They Hear My Name:
Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity

Meet editors Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert and Mary Anne Hess and hear passages read by the book's subjects.

Date & time: September 14, 2008 2-5 p.m.
Location: Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Geneva Hall, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20015
Entrance on Patterson Street off Chevy Chase Circle


Once They Hear My Name promises to be a major step forward in our collective understanding of the cultural hurdles international adoptees tackle every day. This is an important topic, explored in few - if any - other books. In their own words, the nine Korean adoptees of Once They Hear My Name talk about how they became the adults they are today: Americans with new ties to a homeland they never knew while growing up in middle-class American homes. The nine contributors speak candidly about acceptance and rejection, about life struggles and successes, about experiences unique to each yet connected by common threads. At their core these stories chronicle adoptees' ongoing, and often difficult, quests to discover who they are. Growing up, they initially viewed themselves as typical American kids at home with baseball, pizza, playing with dolls and the rest. But often their peers - and sometimes members of their own families - saw them as strangers, good targets for ugly stereotypes. Many of the nine adoptees chronicle their trips as adults back to Korea to find their roots and, in some cases, their birth families. These journeys yield mixed emotional results. The narratives illustrate the wide variety of ways all adoptive parents and adoptees, not just those from Korea, wrestle with identity issues. Hearing and learning from these voices may smooth the path for the growing number of families being formed today through international and trans-racial adoption.

About the authors

Marilyn Lammert is a psychotherapist and healer in private practice and a former university professor. She has taught at Washington University, the University of Maryland, and the Catholic University of America. She and her husband, Paul Carlson, adopted their son, Adam, from Korea in 1983. Adam is one of the book's nine contributors.

Ellen Lee is a licensed clinical social worker. Korean-born, Ms. Lee came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 10. Her interest in Korean adoptees began when she met Marilyn Lammert and her adopted son, Adam, and became involved in their search for Adam's birth family in Korea. Though not adopted, Ms. Lee can relate to the adoptees' sense of disconnect from their birth country, loss of language, culture and identity confusion.

Mary Anne Hess is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. During her 35 years of professional experience, she has specialized in education and family issues. Her work has appeared in newspapers and education and parenting publications across the United States.

Once They Hear My Name has been picked by Independent Publishers Group for inclusion in its Small Press Selection fall 2008 catalog.

Publisher: Tamarisk Books, P.O., Box 3006, Silver Spring, MD 20918
Contact: Dan Freedman, 240-461-5405,


Hee Jung said…
I'm very excited about this book and I hope to receive it this Thursday so I can have read it (parts or all of it) by Sunday's book-signing! :-)

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