I’m over the moon to announce the official Feb. 1 debut of my book, ROCK NEEDS RIVER: A MEMOIR ABOUT A VERY OPEN ADOPTION. It’s the tale of how I became Grace’s mom and our relationship with her birth parents, who became homeless and stayed with us for a while.
This month it’s being featured as one of Amazon’s First Reads selections, so you can download and review it for *free* if you’re an Amazon Prime member (or $1.99 if you’re not, plus a steep discount on the hardback, only $9.99). In the great world of Amazon algorithms, reviews and pre-orders help the book get circulated more widely, so I would deeply appreciate it if you have time and inclination to do either. There is also an audio book option!
I’d love to share ROCK NEEDS RIVER with you in person as well — please come to one of my readings/signings in Los Angeles, Port Townsend, Seattle, New York or Minneapolis.
  • Saturday, February 2 | Glendale, CA | Glendale Public Library, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 8 | Port Townsend, WA| Phosphene, 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 9 | Seattle, WA | Third Place Books, 6:00 p.m. (Lake Forest Park) / This will also be a benefit for Mary’s Place, which provides shelter and services to families transitioning from homelessness.
  • Thursday, February 21 | New York, NY | Shakespeare & Co., 6:30 p.m. (Lexington Ave.) / This will also be a benefit for Help Us Adopt, which provides grants for building families through adoption.
  • May 11th & 12th | Minneapolis, MN | Wordplay Book Festival
We are adding events and new charity partners as I write this, plus I have a lot of interviews lined up for this month. Please stay tuned for more!
Kirkus Reviews said: “… The conversational tone makes the reader feel like a trusted friend … She offers interesting insight into the lives of those who adopt and those who give up a child for adoption, as well as the personal angst that goes along with such a decision. An expressive and love-filled tale of a unique adoption scenario.”
Publisher’s Weekly said: “… McGrady’s memoir is a touching and honest adoption story.”
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