Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe

"BELIEF IS ITS OWN KIND OF TRUTH, MAYBE is the story of one woman's search for her mother, but more than that it's the story of what we all long for, the feeling of belonging to a family and knowing how safe we are there, how protected and loved. Lori Jakiela's memoir is filled with heart-wrenching scenes and moments of transcendence. It doesn't look away from the ugly, but it always finds the light that rises above it. To read this book is to experience our lives and their complicated arrangement of disappointment, sadness, wonder, and joy. I won't soon forget it; neither should you." -- Lee Martin, author of SUCH A LIFE


"Adoptees look out at the world from the eyes of what was lost. We can't help it, but we can transform it. Lori Jakiela's new memoir -- Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe -- is a beautifully written journey into one woman's process of letting go of what was lost, and the messy dignity of human transformation. Her story is one of life, of reaching for life. With a deep gift for storytelling and unsparing, beautifully gritty self-examination, she brings the reader on the harrowing journey with her. It's an important ride, and an important book." singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier
"Lori Jakiela's painfully funny memoir is so good you'll wonder why the author isn't the literary toast of the entire country by now."
--The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"A marvel of a memoir... brims with both small-town heart and big-city sophistication."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Jakiela's poems read like factory guys doing shots after the foreman's funeral. Powerful, delicate, funny and goddamn great."--Serge Bielanko, MARAH

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