Headline for all American Parents: Mostly, Things Go Well --- This is what I really took away from Lenore's book, that yes, bad stuff happens, but mostly, things turn out okay. This doesn't mean to ignore or neglect your kids, but it notes how parenting in America has become this micro-managed activity where parents don't even feel comfortable letting their 12 or 13 year old go to the park without them.
It reminds us how we grew up-- without cellphones, with free-range of the neighborhood, walking to school or being out of touch with our parents for hours without them thinking we were abducted.
Why have we become such helicopter parents? Lenore's book looks at the question and considers the media and well, the disapproving looks of other parents and compares what we do as parents in America versus other parts of the world.
It's a great book to listen to if you want to give your kids more independence, but are worried about it or what might happen. I think it will be a book I will listen to on many occasions to re-remind me how much independence we used to have and how to help our kids have a little more.
Oh, the only negative in the book is at first you might think the reader is going to come off as annoying the whole book (almost a know-it-all), but her voice becomes more of a comfort than a hinderance as the book progresses.
I bought this book as it was one of the buy-2-get-1 free and I really wasn't expecting much from it. It seemed interesting, looked good, but I really wasn't sure if it was going to be one of those new-agey meditative books or something solid I could enjoy without having to have all my karma in row.
It turned out to be a wonderful surprise as Amy is a wonderful writer and reader of her own work. It offered some great reminders with good stories and facts to go with them. I never felt lectured to or that she was someone who was just oblivious to life's sadder side, but her spin on how to take a bad event or moment and put a good spin on it was very wise and helpful.
This is one book I'm keeping on my iPhone to listen to again and again. Especially when I'm not appreciating my life or all I have, this book will remind me again and again, how to lean towards optimism.
Compelling. Interesting. Honest.
I loved how this story didn't just discuss Karr's alcohol addiction, but also how she made her way as a writer and author during this time. You didn't just get "Lit" in regards to being drunk, but also in regards to "literary." I found that aspect of her early life as a writer even more interesting than her addiction.
Having Mary Karr read her own story really gave me a sense of place and person. Mary's voice, with its slight southern accent, really added to the nuances of the words and narration. I feel as if I got so much more out of this listening to her read her memoir to me than to read it myself. It was so compelling, I'd find myself doing chores around the house just so I could keep listening to it in on my iPod!
If you like a good story by someone who isn't afraid to share it all, to show herself in an unflattering light, and appreciate the writer's life, you'll love this.
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