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Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World by [Rickardsson, Christina]
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Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World Kindle Edition

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How many of us could survive life on the streets at eight years old? What if those streets were filled with armed adults who thought nothing of rounding you up to kill you? This was real life for Christina Rickardsson in and around São Paolo, Brazil, until a local agency took the questionable step of separating Christina (age eight) and her brother (less than two) from their mother and adopting them out to a family in Sweden, half a world away. If stories like those of Cheryl Strayed or Augusten Burroughs grabbed your emotions, you’ll likely respond to Christina’s in the same way I did, with empathy and wonder at the strength of her spirit.

The story of how she acclimated and grew to love her adoptive family, the Rickardssons, and the totally foreign language and culture is gripping. An extraordinary aspect of Christina’s story is that it doesn’t end with her personal search—she’s channeled her energy into her foundation, a nonprofit that aims to address the conditions of poverty and social inequity at the root of her own experience to save other children from similar deprivation.

From the moment Christina’s story entered my life, it’s been my constant companion, unshakable. Her courage, compassion, and capacity for forgiveness are nothing short of inspirational. Her guilt and resentment over having been taken from her mother and native country battle with the gratitude for the advantages and security her new country and family afforded her. Christina could easily have turned her trauma into hostility toward her new family, toward the world, or toward herself. Instead she tackled the agonizing unearthing of her adoption records and made the brave and painful journey back to her native country in her thirties, in the hope of reuniting with her mother.

- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor


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An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s fight to find her true self between the life into which she was born and the one she was given.

Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. When one door closed on the only life Christiana had ever known and on the woman who protected her with all her heart, a new one opened.

As Christina Rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden, far from the despairing favelas of her childhood. Accomplished and outwardly “normal,” Christina is also filled with rage over what she’s lost and having to adapt to a new reality while struggling with the traumas of her youth. When her world falls apart again as an adult, Christina returns to Brazil to finally confront her past and unlock the truth of what really happened to Christiana Mara Coelho.

A memoir of two selves, Never Stop Walking is the moving story of the profound love between families and one woman’s journey from grief and loss to survival and self-discovery.

About the Author

Christina Rickardsson was born in 1983 as Christiana Mara Coelho in Brazil. At the age of seven, she was taken to an orphanage along with her younger brother and then out to Vindeln, a village located in the north of Sweden in a region called Västerbotten. After Christina finished her memoir, Never Stop Walking, she founded the Coelho Growth Foundation, which brings awareness to the plight of child poverty.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2865 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing (1 June 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B076VM1PPB
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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