“Should be Hailed by All Adopted Americans” says Dr. Elliot Engel

Part memoir and part detective story, Rhonda Noonan’s Fifth and Final Name is a fascinating coming-of-age story that should be hailed by all adopted Americans. Actually, Noonan’s final name is not Churchill— it’s Persistence—and that’s her first name, too. The book brilliantly personifies her grandfather’s famous quotation: ‘Never, never, never give up!’ And there is an honest, earnest, informal charm in her tone that will make all readers root for her through her astonishing journey from curiosity through frustration to richly deserved self-knowledge.

                             Dr. Elliot Engel, English Professor,
North Carolina State University