The book trailer for Mamalita is on YouTube. Watch it here:

Jessica’s personal essays have been featured in magazines, newspapers, and journals.

Check some of it out here. BY JESSICA:

San Francisco Chronicle: Jakelin was also a brave immigrant, December 20, 2018

30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days: Ana’s Daughter Had Come home, November 3, 2016

Brain, Child: The Foster Mother Lupe Garza, on the Brain, Child blog, May 28, 2015

How It Is: “A teaching moment on driving while brown,” in the Marin Independent Journal, August 25, 2014

“My Mother, the Rockette,” on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel.

On the Trip to Maine, Winter 2013 issue, Adoption Constellation magazine. This publication is not online, but you can read the essay here.

An Adoptive Parent Won’t Take the Blame, New York Times Motherlode blog, December 10, 2012

Mateo’s Family Tree, Adoptive Families magazine, September 2011

How it is: The Big Ride is a distant memory for this girl, Marin Independent Journal, May 24, 2011

How it is: Can anyone else see the skinny girl? Marin IJ, June 7, 2010

Mother Knows Best, Adoptive Families magazine, 2010

How it is: Does anybody really know what time it is? Marin IJ, December 7, 2009

How it is: With kids, anything’s better than nothing, Marin IJ, November 28, 2007

The Faithful, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, April 23, 2006

Why International Adoption?, The Family Magazine Group, November 2010, page 13


A Conversation with Jessica O’Dwyer with Marianne Lonsdale, Literary Mama.

Labor Pains: A Complicated Adoption in Guatemala, Travelojos: The Latin American Travel Blog, by Steven Roll

AdoptLit: Mamalita by Jessica O’Dwyer by Laura-Lynne Powell on Examiner. com

An Adoptive Mom’s Perspective on Mamalita by Meika Rouda on

Adoption Gives Good Homes to Children Around the World, WomensRadio “Speak Up!”

The Red Thread: An Adoptive Family Forum interviews Jessica O’Dwyer, Author of Mamalita, Washington Times, January 11, 2011, interview with Andrea Poe

Review of Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, Thighs & Offerings, Everyday Efforts at Embodied Spirituality

The Power of an Adoptive Mother’s Love, Paul Liberatore reviews discusses Mamalita in the Marin Independent Journal, February 7, 2011.

Mamalita Review in the blog, Another Espresso Please, posted by Coffeemom.

A Look at the Hardship of International Adoption, Interview with Allan Havis on the Marshall Institute Blog, February 14, 2011.

American tells of love for daughter and Guatemala, Interview with Donald H. Harrison, San Diego Jewish World, May 21, 2011.

Marjolein’s Book Blog review and interview, With Marjolein, Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Mamalita with Sharon Simons, at Mom at Last, 2012