Julie Ryan McGue

Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 PM (CST)

Join Anderson's Bookshops for a virtual event with local author Julie Ryan McGue to celebrate the release of her new book, Twice a Daughter!  Julie will be in conversation with Susan Conner.


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More about the book:


Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers--which becomes an issue for Julie when, at forty-eight years old, she finds herself facing several serious health issues.


To launch the probe into her closed adoption, Julie first needs the support of her sister. The twins talk things over, and make a pact: Julie will approach their adoptive parents for the adoption paperwork and investigate search options, and the sisters will split the costs involved in locating their birth relatives. But their adoptive parents aren't happy that their daughters want to locate their birth parents--and that is only the first of many obstacles Julie will come up against as she digs into her background.


Julie's search for her birth relatives spans eight years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey's end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest--one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door.

About the author:

Julie Ryan McGue is an author, a domestic adoptee and an identical twin. She writes extensively about finding out who you are, where you belong and making sense of it. Her weekly blogs That Girl, This Life and her monthly column at The Beacher focus on identity, family and life’s quirky moments. 

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Julie received a BA from Indiana University in psychology. She earned a MM in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. She has served multiple terms on the Board of the Midwest Adoption Center and is an active member of the American Adoption Congress. Married for over 35 years, Julie and her husband split their time between Northwest Indiana and Sarasota, Florida. She’s the mother of four adult children and has three grandsons. If she’s not at her computer, she’s on the tennis court or out exploring with her Nikon. Julie is currently working on a collection of personal essays.


Susan Conner is an ardent reader, averaging 60-65 books per year and has been a member of the same book club for over 17 years. For 32 years, Sue specialized in defense medical malpractice litigation. She chairs the Governing Board of MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. Sue received her JD from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago and a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College (magna cum laude) in Minnesota. She lives in Riverside, Illinois, and is married with two adult daughters.