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An American Family

Galluccio, Jon and Michael, with David Groff

ISBN 10: 0312261233 / ISBN 13: 9780312261238
Published by St. Martin's, 2001
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by both authors on the title page: "Dear E-- / Happy Birthday! Love makes a family and so much more. Best of luck to you and J--. / Jon Galluccio / Michael Galluccio." The book is square and unmarked; one corner, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95). Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005477

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Title: An American Family

Publisher: St. Martin's

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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What makes a family? Love makes a family.This is the story of Jon and Michael Galluccio, two gay men living in New Jersey, who become foster parents to Adam, a premature baby born with AIDS virus and addicted to crack, heroin, marijuana and alcohol. While nursing Adam through the many medical emergencies of his first year and surviving the daily dramas that all new parents go through, they realize that this child, their son now, could be taken back from them at any time by the state, and they decide to try to legally adopt him. Refused by the state-even as it brings them another at-risk infant to care for-they decide to fight for their son in the courts and win, setting a precedent for all unmarried couples in New Jersey.Soon Adam has a younger sister, Madison, and eventually Madison`s half-sister, a teenager named Rosa, who has lived most of her life in a group home, joins the Galluccio family. And in the midst of all this, Jon, himself an adopted child, decides to embark on a search for his own birth mother.This heartwarming story shows that the American family is vibrantly alive and extending itself in remarkable new directions. AUTHORBIO: Jon and Michael Galluccio live in Paterson, New Jersey with their three children Rosa, Adam and Madison. Their story has been widely follwed in the press including, Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal, as well as on "The Rosie O`Donnell Show," "Good Morning America," "Larry King Live," and NBC and CBS News.David Groff is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Men On Men 2 and the forthcoming Men On Men 2000 fiction anthologies, as well as OUT Magazine, POETRY, NEW YORK Magazine, POZ, and other periodicals.He is the editor of OUT FACTS and WHITMAN`S Men, and co-author with the late Robin Hardy of The Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood. David lives in New York City.

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The story of Jon and Michael Galluccio, a gay New Jersey couple, and their fight to adopt their HIV-positive infant foster son, Adam, would sound like the script for a stirring made-for-television movie if the protagonists weren't both men. Complete with controversy, opposition, failures, moments of grace, and an amazing subplot in which Jon seeks out his own birth mother, An American Family is a page-turner, simply and affectingly written. Jon and Michael's first meeting with 3-month-old Adam took place in a run-down nursery filled with "medically fragile" babies whose parents had abandoned them to the state at birth. The frail, drug-addicted Adam was lifted into Michael's arms. Although his file read "Foster Only," the head nurse looked over Jon and Michael and asked, "You're adopting him, right?" Adam would become one of the few, very lucky at-risk children to find a permanent, loving home, and in 1997 the Galluccios would make news as the first unmarried couple in New Jersey to legally adopt a child together. An American Family is inspiring reading for anyone with a child, or whose family doesn't outwardly resemble the Cleavers or the Van Dykes. --Regina Marler

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