As Good as I Could Be

A Memoir about Raising Wonderful Children in Difficult Times

By Susan Cheever
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780671034986, 192pp.)

Publication Date: May 2002

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Having children transforms us -- through the amazing power of our love for them and theirs for us, through the anger they can provoke, and because being good parents means we must accept that we are no longer children. In As Good as I Could Be, bestselling author Susan Cheever chronicles with passion and courage her own imperfect transformation, offering inspiration for other parents doing the best they can. By relating the trials and triumphs of raising a daughter and a son Cheever illuminates some basic truths learned along the way: a family should not be a democracy; teaching your children to celebrate their mistakes helps them forgive yours; and a damaged childhood is not a guarantor of bad parenting. With unflinching honesty, Cheever tackles tantrums, divorce, eating disorders, and alcoholism, celebrating how she and her kids have weathered all this -- and more -- with love and respect intact.

About the Author
Susan Cheever is the author of "E.E. Cummings, American Bloomsbury," which was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for three months, along with five novels and four memoirs. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times among other magazines and anthologies, has been nominated for a National Book Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship medal. She attended Brown and has taught at Yale, Brown, Columbia, Bennington and elsewhere.

Praise For As Good as I Could Be

Philadelphia Inquirer It is Cheever's ability to dive suddenly from the surface to the deeper places of the soul. Los Angles Herald Examiner Out of the pain of real life, Susan Cheever has created a document that is ultimately a paean to family love. The New York Times Book Review Cheever's writing has true resonance.

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