Bones That Float, A Story of Adopting Cambodia

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2008 Awards for Bones That Float: Independent Publisher "IPPY" Outstanding Book of the Year - PEACEMAKER OF THE YEAR

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Author Kari Grady Grossman's life has been anything but planned or ordinary. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1968, Kari grew up in Arcade, N.Y., pop. about 10,000. While studying television writing at Syracuse University, Kari wrote a screenplay about a murder in her hometown. Her manuscript so enthralled a professor that he took it to his agent who immediately signed Kari up for representation.

With dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenplay writer, Kari set off for Los Angeles in her sky blue Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme after graduating in 1990. She learned quickly that Hollywood can be fickle. Her screenplay was sidelined while another film about the same murder was made for TV starring Elizabeth Montgomery. Midway cross-country on her road trip, the budding writer took a detour into Colorado ski country and stayed for three years.

While working as a photographer at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, Kari met her future husband George Grossman, also a photographer. The two set off in 1991 on bikes despite the fact that Kari had not ridden since age 11 to take pictures in Alaska. After another year of dividing time between Colorado snowy peaks and Alaskan summer splendor, the couple moved to Jackson, Wyo., where they founded the Great Outdoors Photography Company in 1993.

The Grady Grossman's quickly gained a reputation as topnotch wildlife photographers, tracking wolves and eagles among other creatures. The couple also took on increasingly challenging mountaineering treks, including up Cotapaxi in Equador. In 1998, after selling their photography company, Kari turned her focus to writing and was sent to Alaska, to cover the Iditarod for Discovery Channel Online. In 2000, Discovery sent Kari to the Mount Everest base camp for nine weeks to cover an all women ascent.

Meanwhile, Kari and her husband had become serious about having children, only to discover that Mother Nature had other plans. By 2000, the couple had begun an adoption process in Cambodia, a country that they could hardly place on a map at the time. That soon changed.

Taken by the country where their son Grady was born, the couple created a school in 2001 near the highest mountain in Cambodia. They were determined to help make a positive change in a country devastated by the torturous reign of the Khmer Rouge. The Grady Grossman School now educates 485 students through sixth grade, with more students hoping to enroll. Kari was compelled to write Bones That Float to tell her story about adopting her son and the profound changes that journey had on her life. The book was published by Wild Heaven Press in 2007. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to support Sustainable Schools International, a non-profit 501(c)(3) started with her husband. In 2008 she and her husband were named Colorado Parents of the Year by the Colorado Parents Day Council. Now a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado, she is at work on a book about India, the homeland of her second adopted child, daughter Shanti.

Kari travels throughout the country speaking about her work as the Executive Director of Sustainable Schools International. If you've ever dreamed of changing the world, this is a story you won't want to miss. Much more than an adoption tale, Kari inspires audiences interested in social justice, history, education, global awareness and activism.

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Told with fierce honesty and an affecting voice, Bones That Float is a love story of mother for her child, and a testimony of how love can change the world. --Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child

This rare book, despite its harrowing truths, is an effective and hopeful call to action a nudge to your social conscience that will have you asking, What's my Cambodia? --Angel Limb, Artsline Editor WCVE-FM 88.9 Public Radio, Richmond, Virginia

Impossible to put down and haunting long past its end... Violeta Garcia-Mendoza, Rainbow Kids E-Magazine.

A literary gem that employs sumptuous prose... Cathryn Alpert, author of the novel Rocket City.

The universal story of every human on this earth... --Arn Chorn-Pond, musician, human rights activist, and star of the award winning PBS documentary film The Flute Player

This rare book, despite its harrowing truths, is an effective and hopeful call to action a nudge to your social conscience that will have you asking, What's my Cambodia? --Angel Limb, Artsline Editor WCVE-FM 88.9 Public Radio, Richmond, Virginia

Impossible to put down and haunting long past its end... Violeta Garcia-Mendoza, Rainbow Kids E-Magazine.

A literary gem that employs sumptuous prose... Cathryn Alpert, author of the novel Rocket City.

The universal story of every human on this earth... --Arn Chorn-Pond, musician, human rights activist, and star of the award winning PBS documentary film The Flute Player

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