Nanaville

Nanaville

Adventures in Grandparenting

Book - 2019
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"Before mommy blogs were even invented, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of motherhood in her nationally syndicated column. Now she's taking the next step and going full Nana in the pages of this lively and moving book about her grandchildren, her children, and her new and remarkable role"--
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812996104
0812996100
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Q43N 2019
Characteristics: 162 pages ; 22 cm

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zenbuddies
Nov 15, 2019

There was much about this book to like. As a new grandmother, I really appreciated the reminder that grandparents must defer to the choices the parents of the grandchild are making, even if you might do things differently yourself. Anna Quindlen is eloquent about the joys of being a grandparent: a profound love and the chance to be attentive to a child that may have been difficult with your own children, given that your time with them is always in the midst of chores, job worries, meals to prepare etc. Being a grandparent can mean being with a child with none of those external worries - just pure attention to the lovely little person.
Anna Quindlen does forget at times that not all of us have summer homes at which the whole family can gather, pools to enjoy with the little ones, and woodlots to go exploring nature in. She’s very much an affluent New Yorker who doesn’t seem to recall that not everyone lives like her.

ArapahoeJulieH Aug 02, 2019

“Talking with a small child is like talking to yourself — yourself before you forgot to notice things...” A thoroughly enjoyable book on the wonder and joys of grand parenting told with Quindlen's humor and intelligence. She constantly reminds us of the golden rule of grand parenting.... keep your opinions to yourself unless asked. Or, in her words “Butt out, Hang back...” This book will keep you smiling!

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dcgrandma
Jun 10, 2019

I am a grandma to 5. This book would make an excellent gift for anyone who is becoming a grandmother. It is filled with advice, without being preachy. I am going to read it a second time! It captures the feelings of being a grandmother. The book also gives interesting background to the grandparenting role throughout history, particularly recent history. I highly recommend this book to Anna Quindlen fans, and those who have not yet read her works.

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writermala
May 26, 2019

Who better than a writer like Anna Quindlen to write a book on grand-parenting. Quindlen shares her unique perspective of not only grand-parenting but also being the grandmother of a biracial child. Her inherent humor shines through but she also sprinkles the book with pearls of wisdom. For example Quindlen states that a declarative sentence like "you are a grandmother," makes her something different -something special.She assures us that being a grandparent is not about the things you have to do. It's about the things you want to do.Quindlen shares her thought that while people assume when you're old your senses become dull in fact they sharpen. This is a great book for any grandparent or grandparent to be on your list. Believe me; I'm not a grandparent but I loved this book.

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