The Gift Best Given, a book by Edward Di Gangi

By: Rita Berman, writer
MEBANE, N.C. - June 20, 2020 - PRLog -- Edward Di Gangi was 67 years old in 2017 and vaguely remembered being told as a child that he was adopted, but no details were given. Raised in a loving family with aunts and uncles nearby, it is only after opening an envelope in family papers that in 2017 he writes down the name of Genevieve Irene Knorowski and begins a three-year search for his birth mother. She was born in 1925 and at the age of 17 had left her family in Queens, New York, to join an ice skating revue in Canada. On learning that she was no longer alive, Edward continues his journey with the aid of and on-line search engines.
This well-written, heart-warming book is part memoir about his search and part his recreation of his birth mother's intriguing life as a famous ice skater.  Much of this information came from photographs and details found in a box of memorabilia that a stranger, Tobey Olson, purchased at an auction one day, and later gave to Edward when she learned of his search.
Since adoption records that once had been sealed were now open Edward eventually meets both his paternal and maternal biological brothers, as well as various cousins who gave him Knorowski family photographs and information about Genevieve's later marriage to Ted Meza in 1955 and the birth of two sons. In recreating her story Edward admits while the words may not be her very own the timeline is accurate and the places are authentic.
The book title, The Gift Best Given, comes from a conversation Genevieve may gave had in which she said, "the best gift is not one you receive but the one you give to another." By giving her child up for adoption to the Di Gangi couple, many lives were impacted and Edward's persistent search is now a book well worth reading.
ISBN 978-1-7347572-0-0-0

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