Read Across McKinney

2019 Book Selection:
Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

A book club favorite worldwide, Before We Were Yoursby Texas author Lisa Wingate, is a fascinating fictionalization of one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals.

  1. About the Book
  2. About the Author
  3. Events and Resources
  4. Read Across McKinney

About the Book

From the 1920s through 1950, thousands of children of single mothers and poverty-stricken parents were taken away, sometimes even quietly whisked off front porches or from hospital maternity wards, by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its Memphis branch director, Georgia Tann. 


While heartbroken birth mothers searched for their stolen sons and daughters, the children were often kept in unlicensed boarding facilities and given new names and histories before being advertised for adoption to families who could afford to pay. 


“We are very excited to present this author in coordination with the release of her follow-up book, Before and After,” said Jo Dell‘Antonia, President of Friends of the McKinney Public Library System. Before and After reveals the true stories of victims of the notorious adoption scandal, some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate’s bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach. 


“We think the history behind this bestselling story will appeal to readers of all ages, and encourage meaningful discussions among the many book clubs in our area.” Scheduled for release on October 22, Before and After was coauthored by a victim of the adoption scam, Judy Christie.