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The Gift Best Given: A Memoir

The Gift Best Given: A Memoir

By Edward Di GangiPublisher: Beddington Court PressISBN: Large Print: 978-1-7347572-4-8; Hard Cover: 978-1-7347572-3-1Genre: MemoirPrice: Large Print $ 32.95 / Hard Cover $ 29.99
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A story of the author's late-adulthood search for the identity of the woman who had placed him for adoption at the time of his birth and the many unexpected discoveries he made during the course of his journey. The Gift Best Given is a story of adoption, search, discovery and reunion set against a backdrop of the glamorous ice skating shows of the 1940s and 1950s.

Adopted at birth, Edward Di Gangi was born and raised in New York City. Although he knew for most of his life that he was adopted, it wasn’t until he approached his 70th birthday that he began to search for the identity of his birth mother. His journey and the many surprising discoveries he made as he searched are recounted in his memoir, The Gift Best Given.

Edward and his wife now live in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is a popular book club presenter and podcast guest. The Gift Best Given is his first full-length book.


Hillsborough, North Carolina is known today as ‘America’s Little Literary Town’ because of the many authors living there. Edward Di Gangi, a Hillsborough resident, with his recently published book, The Gift Best Given: A Memoir, is now a bona fide member of the club, which includes among many others: Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus and Frances Mayes.

Lewis D. Bowling, author of Sam Ragan: North Carolina's Literary Godfather

Edward Di Gangi’s book, The Gift Best Given, kept me turning the pages long into the night. I am a birthmother and always eager to read adoption stories. This one pulled me in immediately and was one of the best I have read. The writing is clear and beautifully crafted.

Laura L. Engle, author of You’ll Forget This Ever Happened

Ed Di Gangi takes readers on a journey of discovery, family, & connection. This beautiful, powerful, & heartfelt story will have you reading until the very end.

Stacy N. Hawks, Author, The Ridge Series, and host of the Writing Wall Podcast