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Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting

Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting

Написано Anna Quindlen

Озвучено Cynthia Farrell


Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting

Написано Anna Quindlen

Озвучено Cynthia Farrell

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4.5/5 (11 оценки)
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Издано:
Apr 23, 2019
ISBN:
9781491546390
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Mother, mother-in-law, grandmother - the Pulitzer-winning columnist and #1 bestselling author reflects on the roles we play throughout our lives, sharing personal stories and advice on the special joys and complexities of middle age.

It’s a little challenging to suss out why exactly it can be so magical.... All I know is: The hand. The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers. I’m happy our grandson does not yet have sophisticated language or a working knowledge of personal finance, because if he took my hand and said, “Nana, can you sign your 401(k) over to me,” I can imagine myself thinking, well, I don’t really need a retirement fund, do I? And besides, look at those eyelashes. Or the greeting. Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells “Nana!” in the way some people might say “ice cream!” and others say “shoe sale!” No one else has sounded that happy to see me in many many years.

Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full Nana in this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.” Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: “Did they ask you?”

Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen’s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.

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  • (4/5)
    Anna Quindlen describes the emotional reactions to becoming a grandparent so well and also describes the mistakes that one may make. If I had read this book two months earlier, I might have avoided making one of mine!! This book was recommended to me by a friend. I share one particular aspect of grandparenting with the author. I too have a grandson, who is half-Chinese and will be bilingual. However, my grandson lives in Beijing, so we have to work to stay connected. It was a blessing for us that the family came to visit for a month this summer and I had some good in person time.This book would be good for any new grandparent.
  • (4/5)
    It was cute. Easy read.
  • (5/5)
    First, I have to say that I love Anna Quindlen so if you’re not a fan, you should remove at least 1 star from my 5 star review! Also, if you’re too young to even imagine becoming a grandparent, you should save this book until later down the road. However, if you have a grandchild or are looking forward to a grandchild in the not too distant future, then you will love this book as much as I do! Anna Quindlen completely captures the feelings that overwhelm you when your child has a child. I can honestly say that the day my first grandson was born, it completely changed my life.But, Anna says it so much better: “All I know is: The hand. The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers. I’m happy our grandson does not yet have sophisticated language or a working knowledge of personal finance, because if he took my hand and said, “Nana, can you sign your 401(K) over to me,” I can imagine myself thinking, well, I don’t really need a retirement fund, do I?”Whatever they charge for this book is more than worth it, it’s a book that you’ll love for a very long time!
  • (4/5)
    As a grandparent of thirteen, I adored this book. Every grandparent will recognize or relate to something in this book. Told in such a natural voice that I felt she was next to me and we were discussing Parenthood and how being a grandparent is even more special. Their is humor, lessons learned, experiences related, and how wonderful and special is the bond between her and her grandson. In fact, many of my favorite episodes in this book is when she is alone taking care of her grandson, or just spending time with him. Her wonder at this amazing little person shines through out."At a certain point you realize there's a higher level of agreement about grandchildren than there is about the benefits of democracy, or chocolate.""A big part of our grandparent job is expressing ecstatic appreciation for everything from urination to reflexes. We must always silence the irritated voice of adult competency. Okay, I get it you drew a 3. But, honestly, a 3 isn't that hard.""Because that's one of the really important things about books, that they enable you to talk to your children about all sorts of things, sometimes without speaking at all."