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BELONGING MATTERSCongratulations on your silver book award!


Belonging Matters supports the adoption community while creating a conversation
with those not directly touched by adoption. The collection explores the pursuit of
identity and the boundaries of family and kinship. It challenges the reader to
embrace all of who we come to be, and to discern with whom and where we
belong. Because belonging defines the human experience, and it is what nourishes
our spirit, fuels us with purpose, and compels us to soar beyond the limitations of
our lived experience.

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Author Bio

Julie Ryan McGue is an American writer. She is a domestic adoptee and an identical twin. Her award-winning memoir, Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging, was released in May 2021. It is about her five-year search to locate birth relatives, family medical history and personal background. Belonging Matters: Conversations on Adoption, Family, and Kinship is her second memoir that explores the pursuit of identity and the boundaries of family and kinship. In Julie’s weekly blog and monthly column (The Beacher Newspapers), she writes about finding out who you are and where you belong and making sense of it. Julie holds a BA in psychology from Indiana University and an MM in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. She splits her time between northwest Indiana and Sarasota, Florida.

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