As someone who loves books that inform and grow me where I need it, this book has slipped into my top 3 recommended books!
I feel now that I understand much more wholly what Charlotte Mason had discovered and sought to pass on to others in the position of teaching (or raising...or both) children. The lessons she has are still very much relevant today. I would say, though, that we all need to hear them now more than we ever have.
The narration was adequate, but dull. I would have liked it to be read with a more lively tone and not so monotonous. I did, however, get used to it.
There were many, but often I was struck by the simplicity of the suggestions. I often wondered why something hadn't occurred to me naturally.
As a home educator, I was somewhat familiar with Charlotte Mason, and as I became more so through this book, I was able to assess myself as my children's educator. I saw strengths, and took courage; I saw weaknesses and took note. I think that this is a book that I will assign myself to re-hear annually for the next few years at least.
I really like memoirs, and I loved this one. I didn't even know who Anna Quindlen was before listening to this, but her story and more importantly, her insights were so enjoyable that it made a long car trip go quicker.
She is so real, and though in many ways a very different person than I am, there was plenty there to connect with. She was so likable.
I loved the accent, the pace and the delivery.
I would say so. I don't do that, but I suppose I could have.
I'm in my early 40's, and my mother is in her mid 60's. This book is more about the women of her generation, but I felt like it kind of helps me understand her a little more, even though the author is very different than her in many ways. This book is about women...the way we think, the relationships we have with one another and the men and children in our lives. It's about growing older and the different stages we pass through in our lives. I still want to recommend this one to my mother.
I like memoirs. I like SNL. I liked the few times that I would burst out laughing (like when the woman who came to the apartment to give them parenting instructions). That was hilarious. I think I would have rather just seen it in a stand-up routine though. The few funny things weren't enough to keep the story as a whole going. I think her life has been funny and interesting enough...but not the way she tells it (if that makes sense). Sometimes she just seemed too insecure for my taste.
She could have been less repetitive on some aspects; I imagine that she had an editor - maybe...hire a different one next time? Also...read with more confidence or something?
She was her down-to-earth self.
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