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Before Peter M. Moran was old enough to walk, he took a trip around the world that few people ever experience. Over the next thirty-plus years, he embarked on a journey of discovery that, although unique, many can relate to. Moran was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted by an American family at the age of seven months. When he arrived at his new home in Minneapolis, Before Peter M. Moran was old enough to walk, he took a trip around the world that few people ever experience. Over the next thirty-plus years, he embarked on a journey of discovery that, although unique, many can relate to. Moran was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted by an American family at the age of seven months. When he arrived at his new home in Minneapolis, he was met by an older sister, the couple’s biological child, and he later became brother to three more adopted children. Fish Heads and Folktales is Moran’s autobiographical account of growing up with dual identities as a Korean boy adopted by a Caucasian family, and the path that led him not only back to his motherland to discover his roots, but also to take a closer look at his life to discover acceptance and inner peace. A thoughtful, entertaining collection of short stories that summarize Moran’s life journey, it delves into topical issues such as race, culture, and overcoming stereotypes along with universal issues like the importance of family and falling in love. Sure to touch your heart, Fish Heads and Folktales is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt marginalized or struggled with fitting in.


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Before Peter M. Moran was old enough to walk, he took a trip around the world that few people ever experience. Over the next thirty-plus years, he embarked on a journey of discovery that, although unique, many can relate to. Moran was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted by an American family at the age of seven months. When he arrived at his new home in Minneapolis, Before Peter M. Moran was old enough to walk, he took a trip around the world that few people ever experience. Over the next thirty-plus years, he embarked on a journey of discovery that, although unique, many can relate to. Moran was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted by an American family at the age of seven months. When he arrived at his new home in Minneapolis, he was met by an older sister, the couple’s biological child, and he later became brother to three more adopted children. Fish Heads and Folktales is Moran’s autobiographical account of growing up with dual identities as a Korean boy adopted by a Caucasian family, and the path that led him not only back to his motherland to discover his roots, but also to take a closer look at his life to discover acceptance and inner peace. A thoughtful, entertaining collection of short stories that summarize Moran’s life journey, it delves into topical issues such as race, culture, and overcoming stereotypes along with universal issues like the importance of family and falling in love. Sure to touch your heart, Fish Heads and Folktales is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt marginalized or struggled with fitting in.

46 review for Fish Heads & Folktales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Boswell

    Peter tells his story about growing up a Korean adopted by Americans and the struggles he had with this dual identity. The writing read like Peter was having a conversation with the reader. This makes the book easy to read. The chapters were arranged in an order that made sense. I easily could remember what I had been reading about if I had to put the book down and return to it later. I received this book free as a Goodreads First Read and am glad that I enjoyed it as much as I was excited to win Peter tells his story about growing up a Korean adopted by Americans and the struggles he had with this dual identity. The writing read like Peter was having a conversation with the reader. This makes the book easy to read. The chapters were arranged in an order that made sense. I easily could remember what I had been reading about if I had to put the book down and return to it later. I received this book free as a Goodreads First Read and am glad that I enjoyed it as much as I was excited to win it. This book is short but has a lot of powerful messages in it. This has easily become a favorite memoir that I will share with others.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I am so happy to find that this is on Good Reads! This is the story of a young man born in South Korea and adopted by an American family. I should say that I know of the family through my daughter's marriage to a cousin of Peter Moran. ( I have even seen the picture of the Grandparents wearing the Miss Piggy and Kermit costumes on my daughter's refrigerator.) So throughout the book, I could often picture the people involved. It was recommended to me because my son and his wife are soon to adopt I am so happy to find that this is on Good Reads! This is the story of a young man born in South Korea and adopted by an American family. I should say that I know of the family through my daughter's marriage to a cousin of Peter Moran. ( I have even seen the picture of the Grandparents wearing the Miss Piggy and Kermit costumes on my daughter's refrigerator.) So throughout the book, I could often picture the people involved. It was recommended to me because my son and his wife are soon to adopt a child from South Korea and I wanted to gain insight into my soon-to-be grandson's experiences. The book often caused me to laugh out loud, yet it was so touchingly serious. Thank you, Mr. Moran, for this wonderful insight.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Full disclosure, the author is my cousin. :) That said, I would have enjoyed his memoirs regardless. I loved how he integrated experience with wisdom, facing both the humor and sadness of life. I enjoyed hearing from my cousin, and I appreciated the new ways he as the author invited me to look at my own life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    This book touched me in a very personal way. We are looking to adopt a child from Korea. This book is a treasured first person account of an adopted Korean growing up in the United States. Many of the stories made me laugh. Many made me cry. I connected with Peter's story. I will recommend this book to anyone who planning on an international, mixed race adoption. This book touched me in a very personal way. We are looking to adopt a child from Korea. This book is a treasured first person account of an adopted Korean growing up in the United States. Many of the stories made me laugh. Many made me cry. I connected with Peter's story. I will recommend this book to anyone who planning on an international, mixed race adoption.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A sweet memoir, often funny and conversational, like getting to know someone over coffee. It's fascinating to gain insight into someone else's search for identity and self-definition; always with the hope that it will help us gain insight into our own. My thanks for the opportunity to read this as a Goodreads First Read. A sweet memoir, often funny and conversational, like getting to know someone over coffee. It's fascinating to gain insight into someone else's search for identity and self-definition; always with the hope that it will help us gain insight into our own. My thanks for the opportunity to read this as a Goodreads First Read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This is a great idea for a book, chronicling the true story of an adopted boy and how he adapted to his adopted world and back again. The language is very colloquial, as if reading a daily journal rather than a scholarly read. It has been a little hard for me to push through it because of the everyday language but I will try to pick it up again when I have more time. (Unfinished)

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    Chuck

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