Título: Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a ...
Editorial: Random House. New York.
Año de publicación: 1994
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
"If you are looking for adventure," I said to Liz, "why don't you go to Mt. Rushmore, attach a bungee cord to Lincoln's wart, and jump!"
-- from the foreword by Erma Bombeck
Well into her seventies, the indomitable Liz Carpenter took on the task of bringing up three teenagers -- and bring them up she did. Her warm, witty, wonderful, and rambunctious story will make all readers proud to be part of the human race. Unplanned Parenthood relates how she and the kids not only survived it all, but reaped the rewards only one generation can bestow upon another.
"This great salty Texan inherits three teenagers in her seventies, and wisecracking firmly gives their lives family structure. She opens your eyes to the new world, 'free of fear, that the old and young of the nineties can seek by being here for each other.' "
-- Betty Friedan, Author of The Fountain of Age
Unplanned Parenthood is a book that parents and grandparents of all stripes and persuasions will want to read. Humorous, yes, but also revealing about the real trials and tribulations of raising kids in the 1990s and what our society has to offer them.
"I was supposed to give this book a quickie plug, preferably with a Texas accent: something along the lines of 'Take on three teenage children at the age of seventy-three? That's enough to drive buzzards off a roadkill. Only the unsinkable Liz Carpenter...' Actually, I found the book both moving and wise. Hell, it made me cry. Yeah, sure Liz is funny. Liz is always funny. But Liz is not always funny, moving, and wise. That is why this book is good value for money."
-- Molly Ivins, political columnistFrom the Inside Flap:
Liz Carpenter has been a speech writer, a press secretary, a lecturer, and a well-known Texas character, but nothing prepared her for being a mother the second time around (.
"On his deathbed three years ago, the man she calls 'my soul mate' asked her to take care of his children (.So she opened her Austin home with its chintz-covered couches, and in flopped three teenagers....On the Mount Rushmore of child-rearing--Benjamin Spock, T. Berry Brazelton, Penelope Leach--a fourth face has been etched: Liz Carpenter's."
--The Dallas Morning News
"I wish Liz Carpenter would adopt me. This book tells why."
"Carpenter's how-to on raising somebody else's kids is a frequently hilarious, often-poignant, engagingly homespun road map of inter-generational side trips into unexplored territory where older Americans might once have feared to roam....Not merely did they put her through every torture (but they did it to her at an age when she should have been sitting back with her feet up, sipping a glass of wine and doing the crossword puzzle."
--The Washington Post
"I found the book both moving and wise. Hell, it made me cry. Yeah, sure Liz is funny. Liz is always funny. But Liz is not always funny, moving, and wise. That is why this book is a good value for the money."
"An engaging, if wry, account of her surrogate motherhood--and the undisciplined, confused children she took into her home (.Her stamina is amazing. But her charges had to make adjustments, too. She is quick to acknowledge they brought her a completely new perspective on life, liberty and the pursuit of understanding."
--Detroit Free Press
"It's funny! It's right on target for the nineties! Liz Carpenter, Texas's favorite earth mother, inherits three teenagers and rolls it into a hilarious saga of what it is like to raise 'em at age seventy-three."
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