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Becoming Grandma Audiobook

Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting

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Publisher's Summary

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 with raising their children - and with a grandmother in the running to be our next US president - Stahl's book is a timely and affecting listen that redefines a cherished relationship.

©2016 Lesley Stahl (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Mary Joyce phillips Scottsdale. Az 08-27-16
    Mary Joyce phillips Scottsdale. Az 08-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A guide for grandparenting. Just as DR. Spock gave us his knowledge of raising children so does Lesley stahl ."

    Great book. Lesley is right on with understanding of grandparents today. Remarkable insight. So glad I listened to this book. Every grandparent should read this book. And I'm a republican.

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    Marilyn 06-08-16
    Marilyn 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm a typical grandmother"

    This book was great! I found myself laughing out loud at things I had done and thought. A must for all grandparents. Lesley did a great job of writing and reading.

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    Mauri D. Shuler seattle,wa 05-25-16
    Mauri D. Shuler seattle,wa 05-25-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Couldn't finish it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Leslie Stahl could have made this book less about her and the wealthy people. It was insufferable as she talked about buying a $64 doll (one of three) for her granddaughter and interviewing someone "at the Four Seasons"... why did she have to say that? Who cares where she did the interview. She brags about her elite life in the news business which has nothing to do with being a grandmother.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, actually. She reads stiffly.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No... there was no new information or insight, except learning about her personal angst and inabilities.


    Any additional comments?

    I also worked in the news business and covered war zones around the world while raising my daughter. Other mothers do equally challenging work. She is not special.

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    Jodi Gates 05-16-16
    Jodi Gates 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazingly accurate"

    I recently became a grandmother for the first time 20 months ago and I think I have removed all of the feelings and events that Leslie expressed in her book. I never thought I wanted to be a grandma, And now I can't ever imagine not being one. My grandchildren are soul of my heart!!! Thank you Leslie for sharing a different side of yourself and a perspective that really helps if there is any way to truly explain how it feels you did an amazing job.

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    reviewer CA, USA 04-13-16
    reviewer CA, USA 04-13-16 Member Since 2015

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    "touching, well written, familiar voice"

    loved this book. as a young mom i read it and gained insight into my mother and mother in laws perspective. great wisdom. enjoyable read.

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    Linda Dianne Cannon Texas 04-10-16
    Linda Dianne Cannon Texas 04-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great compilation of 21st century grandmas"

    Loved Lesley Stahl's indepth research of the many different shandras of what it's like and obstacles from Grandmas around the country.

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