Rock Needs River

My memoir, ROCK NEEDS RIVER is available at pretty much any bookstore you can think of, including Amazon, Target, and Barnes & Noble. There’s also an audio version!

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I have a book! This amazes me.

PRESS FOR ROCK NEEDS RIVER

  • The Atlantic had a beautifully nuanced and thoughtful review: “McGrady’s adoption story is rare and important … Rock Needs River reminds the reader that although open adoption is often characterized nowadays as the enlightened, humane way to adopt a child, it can come with its own complications.”
  • Included in the Washington Post’s 10 Books to Read in February: “Adoptions in the United States were once conducted with sealed files and sealed lips. Some have gotten much more open, but Vanessa McGrady took it to a different level when she invited the homeless biological parents of her adopted daughter to live with her. Nothing went according to plan, and McGrady chronicles her non-fairy-tale path to parenthood with uncommon candor.” 
  • I had the great pleasure to be on August McLaughlin’s Girl Boner Radio podcast.
  • So much fun to do Traci Thomas’ The Stacks podcast. She’s such a cool and fun and smart interviewer. We also talked about Nicole Chung’s All You Can Ever Know the following week.
  • Bustle said: “Her memoir shares the complicated, compelling ride.” 
  • 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.” 
  • CBC Out in the Open (Canadian radio): It was hard. ‘Til this day, I wonder what I should have done differently, what boundaries should I have drawn? What could I have done to make it right?” McGrady wondered. But she also said she had to remind herself she’s Grace’s parent, not theirs.
  • Sunshine Shed said: “She’s a fiercely loving and protective mother, which redeems the more complicated, flawed, and frustrating parts of herself that she puts forth in this book.” 
  • Fun video interview with Michelle Dunton of Writing Fun. She’s so gracious!
  • An excerpt in Salon
  • Book Q & As with Deborah Kalb
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For interview requests and review copies, please contact Nicole Dewey or Lucy Silag.

COME TO A READING/SIGNING

Tour Stops for Vanessa McGrady’s ROCK NEEDS RIVER

Saturday, February 2 | Glendale, CA | Glendale Public Library, 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 8 | Port Townsend, WA| Phosphene, 6:00 p.m. CANCELED DUE TO SNOW STORM

Saturday, February 9 | Seattle, WA | Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, 6:00 p.m. CANCELED DUE TO SNOW STORM

Thursday, February 21 | New York, NY | Shakespeare & Co., 939 Lexington Ave., 6:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, May 11th & 12th | Minneapolis, MN | Wordplay Book Festival

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