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An American Family

Galluccio, Jon and Michael, with David Groff

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ISBN 10: 0312261233 / ISBN 13: 9780312261238
Published by St. Martin's, New York, 2001
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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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 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005477

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Title: An American Family

Publisher: St. Martin's, New York

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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The true story of two gay men who fought for custody of a little boy suffering from the AIDS virus chronicles a 1997 case that changed the law in New Jersey. 30,000 first printing.

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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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