Postcards From Cookie

Postcards From Cookie

A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and A Whole Lot of Mail

Book - 2014
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"Award-winning journalist and host of Black "Enterprise" Business Report Caroline Clarke's moving memoir of her surprise discovery of her birth mother-- Cookie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole-- and the relationship that blossomed between them through the heartfelt messages they exchanged on hundreds of postcards. Caroline Clarke was born in an era when adoptions were shameful, secret, and sealed. While she wondered about her biological parents, she kept her curiosity in check, until a series of small health problems raised concerns about her genetic heritage and its consequences for her two children's lives and her own. Though Spence-Chapin Family Service, the agency that handled her adoption, could not reveal the name of her birth mother, it was able to provide details that led to a shocking truth. Caroline's birth mother and her family were related to a friend. The woman who gave her life was none other than Carole "Cookie" Cole, the daughter of iconic crooner and pianist Nat King Cole. Drawing on details provided by the agency and her own investigative skills, Caroline embarked on a life-changing journey of discovery that stretched from coast to coast, forged through e-mails, phone calls, and post cards. The constancy, volume, and intimacy of her steady correspondence with Cookie filled the days and distance between them. Through brief yet poignant messages squeezed onto three-inch open-faced squares, mother and daughter revealed themselves, sharing secrets, taking risks, and ultimately building a bond like no other. A heartfelt, inspiring tribute to both Caroline's adoptive parents and her biological mother, Postcards from Cookie illuminates the enduring power of love to shape and guide our lives"--from publisher's website.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062103178
Branch Call Number: 362.734 CLARKE
Characteristics: 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 19, 2014

Beautiful book and great writing. It makes you sad, then happy, but mostly reminds you to ask questions about someone before judging their motives, and to forgive them. With all their little idiosyncrasies, it just reminds you that we are all still human and have different ways of handling life issues.

Sep 19, 2014

Very touching. I ended with a smile on my face. Nice read.

May 13, 2014

I wasn't expecting much from this book - it just caught my eye due to its interesting celebrity connection (the author is adopted and finds out her birth mother is the daughter of Nat King Cole). However, this is a beautifully written book with a powerful messages about family, parenthood and self-discovery. I couldn't put it down!


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