Eye of My Heart
27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother
By Barbara Graham
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061474163, 336pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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With A New Epilogue by editor Barbara Graham
In this groundbreaking collection, twenty-seven smart, gutsy writers explode the clichÉs and tell the real stories about what it's like to be a grandmother in today's world. Among the contributors:
- Judith Viorst exposes the high-stakes competition for Most Adored Nana.
- Anne Roiphe learns to keep her mouth shut and her opinions to herself.
- Elizabeth Berg marvels at witnessing her child give birth to her child.
- Judith Guest confesses her failed attempt to be the perfect grandmother.
- Jill Nelson grapples with unforeseen mother-daughter tensions.
- Ellen Gilchrist reveals how grandparenthood has eased her fear of death.
- Beverly Donofrio makes amends for her shortcomings as a teenage mother.
- Bharati Mukherjee transcends her Hindu upbringing to embrace her adopted Chinese granddaughters.
- Mary Pipher deconstructs the role of grandmother in our changing world.
Barbara Graham is an essayist, playwright, and author who has written for Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; More; National Geographic Traveler; and Vogue. She is a columnist for Grandparents.com and has two granddaughters.
“Spry and unsentimental. . . . Truth telling with dollops of love.”
“So many different perspectives and vantage points are woven seamlessly that no matter what their personal relationship to the word ‘grandmother’ is, readers will find much to make them laugh out loud—and also to break their hearts.”
-Christian Science Monitor
“Insightful and candid, sometimes painfully so. . . . Women who have achieved grandmotherly status will appreciate this engaging, honest volume of essays by 26 writers who articulate shared emotions about their grandchildren.”
“In illuminating, unsentimental essays, 27 writers offer up insights on the tricky art of grandmothering.”