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A Daughter’s Song and Dance: Growing Up Adopted Before the War and After

A true confession on RT’s part: he has been laboring under the happy impression that various of his readers are wondering whatever happened to his writing projects. Well, there is good news–his  mother’s memoirs, now titled A Daughter’s Song and Dance, has been making tremendous progress, and RT will be issuing the first of the book’s three parts as an e-book next month.

What a story it is! Born in 1929, Mom was adopted within a few weeks of birth and spent her childhood in Los Angeles and New York City, with stops at Lake Tahoe and Banff along the way. America was a different place before World War II, and this installment, which follows her pre-teen years, brings home to readers the difficulties (and wonders) of life before TV, commercial air flights, and the Interstate Highway System. The book is populated with remarkable people–among them, her French Governess (who taught her how to eat ice cream pie), her Aunt Daisy (who indirectly arranged for a day watching the filming of Pride of the Yankees), and, above all, Mama, (the woman who adopted her, and a feminist among the aristocracy).

Both Mom and I are pleased with the way this story has emerged from an original word-processed manuscript Mom put together in the early 1990s. We’re excited about publishing electronically. And we love the idea of reaching out to other adoptees with her extraordinary story. Stay tuned for further developments!    RT


P.S. For more background, check out Mom’s blog, Mood Indigo.

Poster: Moore Theater; 1910; WikiCmns; Public Domain


  1. April 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read more! Cindy

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Cindy: I shared your remarks with mom & she was thrilled–thx so much! RT

      • May 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Thanks, Eric. I’m glad I made your mom happy. I need to look at her blog, too. How impressive that she writes and has a blog and a wonderful son like you.

  2. May 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Oh, I look forward to reading more about this, RT. This is one of my favorite periods in American history; will be great to read about it from the point of view of some one who lived it.

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Emma: it was an amazing time to be alive, and mom’s childhood took her through an incredible sample of it…& it means *a lot* to mom to know that her memories are important to the younger generations…working on the story is the most fun she’s had in a long time. Thx for your enthusiasm! RT

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