Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 298 pages
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In Eye of My Heart, twenty-seven smart, gutsy writers explode myths and stereotypes and tell the whole crazy, complicated truth about being a grandmother in today's world. Among the contributors:

Anne Roiphe learns—the hard way—to keep her mouth shut and her opinions to herself.

Elizabeth Berg marvels at witnessing her child give birth to her child.

Beverly Donofrio makes amends for her shortcomings as a teenage mother.

Judith Viorst exposes the high-stakes competition for Most Fabulous Grandchild.

Jill Nelson grapples with mother-daughter tensions triggered by the birth of her grandson.

Judith Guest confesses her failed attempt to emulate her own saintly grandmother.

Bharati Mukherjee transcends her strict Hindu upbringing to embrace her adopted Chinese grand-daughters.

Lynn Lauber finds joy in grandmotherhood that she missed out on as a mother.

Sallie Tisdale pays a high price—financially and emotionally—for her fast-growing brood of grandkids.

Ellen Gilchrist reveals how grandparenthood has eased her fear of death.

Molly Giles is spurned by her toddler granddaughter during a trip to Paris.

Susan Shreve finally accepts that she's the grandmother, not the mother.

Roxana Robinson realizes, with relief, that she doesn't have to worry so much anymore.

Abigail Thomas plots her escape when she can't bear to bake one more cake.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin longs to leave a lasting impression on her grandchildren.

Mary Pipher explores the primal role of grandmothers in a fast-changing world.

In this groundbreaking collection, you will encounter the real stories that usually go untold. Free of platitudes and clichés, the essays in Eye of My Heart are linked by a common thread: a love for grandchildren that knows no bounds, despite inescapable obstacles and limitations.

 

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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

MyssCyn; wonderful reading for this new grandma! Full of essays about the joys and pitfalls of grandmothering - what it's like to be close or not. Different parenting styles of the kids, how to "keep your mouth shut & wear beige" to keep on speaking terms with the parents. Read full review

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User Review  - Suzieqkc - LibraryThing

This collections of essays by well-known writers/grandmothers is not the sweet book about being a nana that I was looking for. It's like a punch in the gut, actually. It's an honest look at what being ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Mary Pipher Ph D
13
Got to Be Queen of England
27
What Counts
35
Nana
45
Now You See Me Now You Dont
55
If You Knew Harry
67
Want to Be When I Grow
79
Through the Woods
87
The Road to Imperfection
147
The Age Thing
157
How Things Happen
167
The Rivals
177
What Counts
187
Gained in Translation
205
Déjà
217
SANDRA BENITEZ
231

JILLNELSON
99
LaZNana
109
Angel Baby
125
When Things Go Tilt
135
Making Memories
251
Everything That Goes Up Must Come Down
269
About the Contributors
289
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About the author (2009)

Barbara Graham is an essayist, playwright, and author who has written for Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; More; National Geographic Traveler; and Vogue. She is a columnist for Grandparents.com and has two granddaughters.

Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is the author of three bestselling books, including Reviving Ophelia, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 2 years. She speaks all over the country all year and has received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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