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 - 336 pages
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“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 the New York Times bestseller Eye of My Heart, edited by Barbara Graham, 27 writers reveal the hidden pleasures and perils of being a grandmother—in essays that are honest, eye-opening, poignant, witty, and provocative. With contributions by Elizabeth Berg, Judith Guest, Mary Pipher, Judith Viorst, and a host of other acclaimed literary artists representing a wide range of voices and experiences, Eye of My Heart is a clear-eyed celebration of a grand institution and an all-important epoch in a woman’s life.

 

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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 Age Thing
157
How Things Happen
167
The Rivals
177
What Counts
187
Gained in Translation
205
Déjà
217
SANDRA BENITEZ
231
Making Memories
251

JILL NELSON
99
LaZNana
109
Angel Baby
125
When Things Go Tilt
135
The Road to Imperfection
147
Everything That Goes Up Must Come Down
269
Epilogue
289
Acknowledgments
309
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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.

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