The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption

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The shocking story of Geogia Tann, a notorious dealer in black-market babies between 1920 and 1950 whose actions ultimately popularized--and corrupted--adoption as we know it today.

For almost three decades, renowned baby-seller Georgia Tann ran a children's home in Memphis, Tennessee--selling her charges to wealthy clients nationwide, Joan Crawford among them. Part social history, part detective story, part expose, The Baby Thief is a riveting investigative narrative that explores themes that continue to reverberate today.
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Barbara Raymond has written extensively for Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, McCall's, Parents, Reader's Digest, Working Mother, Writer's Digest, and USA Today. She contributed to The Handbook of Magazine Article Writing (Writer's Digest Books), and was an author of a Good Housekeeping Child Care section that won the National Magazine Award for Public Service. She has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in Reporting and received two awards for feature writing from Women in Communications.

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Da Capo Press
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Published on
Apr 29, 2009
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780786733743
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws
Biography & Autobiography / General
Family & Relationships / Adoption & Fostering
True Crime / General
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THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

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