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  • To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care | Cris Beam

    To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cris Beam
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family. Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system - the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents.

  • Mother, Stranger  | Cris Beam

    Mother, Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Cris Beam
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    Author Cris Beam left her mother's home at age 14, driven out by a suburban household of hidden chaos and mental illness. Her mother, a descendant of William Faulkner, told neighbors and family that her daughter had died. The two never saw each other again. Nearly twenty-five years later, after building her own family and happy home life, a lawyer called to say her mother was dead. In this story about the fragility of memory and the complexity of family, Beam decides to look back at her own dark history, and for the secret to her mother's madness.

    L. Barrell says: "A complete waste of time"
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