"Finally, a look at grandmothering that is decidedly unsentimental. These clear-eyed essays offer humor and insight as they take on the multigenerational lives many of us now lead." –Cokie Roberts, author of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters
In this groundbreaking collection, twenty-seven smart, gutsy writers explode the clichEs and tell the real stories about what it's like to be a grandmother in today's world. Among the contributors:
-Judith Viorst exposes the high-stakes competition for Most Adored Nana.
-Anne Roiphe learns to keep her mouth shut and her opinions to herself.
-Elizabeth Berg marvels at witnessing her child give birth to her child.
-Judith Guest confesses her failed attempt to be the perfect grandmother.
-Jill Nelson grapples with unforeseen mother-daughter tensions.
-Ellen Gilchrist reveals how grandparenthood has eased her fear of death.
-Beverly Donofrio makes amends for her shortcomings as a teenage mother.
-Bharati Mukherjee transcends her Hindu upbringing to embrace her adopted Chinese granddaughters.
-Mary Pipher deconstructs the role of grandmother in our changing world.
by Mary Mapes Dodge
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
by Johann David Wyss
by James Joyce
by Charles Dickens
by Edith Wharton
by Jane Austen
by Thomas Hardy
by J.M. Barrie
by Rudyard Kipling
by Alexandre Dumas
by Henry James
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