Becoming Grandma

Becoming Grandma

The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting

Large Print - 2016
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"From one of the country's most recognizable journalists: How becoming a grandmother transforms a woman's life. After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl says the most vivid and transforming experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or any other of her stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to "investigate" it--as though it was a news flash! And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explores how grandmothering changes a woman's life, interviewing her friends like Whoopi Goldberg, her colleagues like Diane Sawyer, and the proverbial woman next door. On top of these personal accounts, she interviews scientists and doctors about physiological changes in women when they have grandchildren, anthropologists about why there are grandmothers in evolutionary terms, and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers. All through the book Stahl shares her stories about her own life now with two granddaughters, Jordan and Chloe, how her relationship with her daughter Taylor has changed, and how being a grandfather has affected her husband, Aaron. In an era when Baby Boomers are becoming grandparents in droves, when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children--and with a grandmother in the running to be our next US President--Stahl's book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, c2016
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410487919
Branch Call Number: LT 306. 874 STA
Characteristics: 371 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm


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A journalist investigates the physiological changes and therapeutic effects in women when they have grandchildren as she shares how becoming a grandmother was one of the most transforming experiences of her life. Also available in regular print, e-book and CD audiobook.

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Apr 05, 2020

Finally got around to reading Lesley Stahl’s memoir, except it isn’t exactly a memoir. Stahl was so “starstruck” when she became a grandmother, she decided to explore what being a grandmother means. She’s interviewed such people as Whoopi Goldberg and Diane Sawyer. Along the way, Stahl shares some personal stories. You don’t have to be a grandmother to enjoy it.

May 03, 2017

This book was a lot of things -- a memoir of Lesley's experience of becoming a grandmother; grandparent trends around the world including her peers, anecdotes from her work as a journalist and finally a call to arms for grandparents everywhere.

The parts describing grandparents who are excluded from the grandchildren's lives to be particularly frightening as I am now a grandparent myself. I am in a different generation from Lesley, though and had a very different childrearing experience so did not relate to her perspective as well as some might.

Interesting read, but not particularly earthshattering.

Apr 02, 2017

extend due date

GrannysGlasses Apr 20, 2016

As a new grandmother I was eager to read of Ms. Stahl's perspectives and research. I did find it most interesting. She writes in a accessible manner and uses personal experiences, the experiences of others and cites research.

The information presented has made me reflect on the joys of grandparenting and of strategies to avoid potential pitfalls of family dynamics.

I recommend for new grandparent, not just grandmothers.

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