Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting

Nanaville Adventures in Grandparenting Mother mother in law grandmother the Pulitzer winning columnist and bestselling author reflects on the roles we play throughout our lives sharing personal stories and advice on the special joys a

  • Title: Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting
  • Author: Anna Quindlen
  • ISBN: 0812996100
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mother, mother in law, grandmother the Pulitzer winning columnist and 1 bestselling author reflects on the roles we play throughout our lives, sharing personal stories and advice on the special joys and complexities of middle age It s a little challenging to suss out why exactly it can be so magical All I know is The hand The little hand that takes yours, small Mother, mother in law, grandmother the Pulitzer winning columnist and 1 bestselling author reflects on the roles we play throughout our lives, sharing personal stories and advice on the special joys and complexities of middle age It s a little challenging to suss out why exactly it can be so magical All I know is The hand The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers I m happy our grandson does not yet have sophisticated language or a working knowledge of personal finance, because if he took my hand and said, Nana, can you sign your 401 k over to me, I can imagine myself thinking, well, I don t really need a retirement fund, do I And besides, look at those eyelashes Or the greeting Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells Nana in the way some people might say ice cream and others say shoe sale No one else has sounded that happy to see me in many many years.Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column Now she s taking the next step and going full Nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson She writes, Where I once led, I have to learn to follow Eventually a close friend provides words to live by Did they ask you Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others Get A Copy Kindle Store 12.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 176 pages Published April 23rd 2019 by Random House More Details ISBN 0812996100 ISBN13 9780812996104 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Nanaville, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Best of Anna Quindlen 31 books 7 voters Biography Published in Year 2019 78 books 5 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.09 Rating details 1,776 ratings 386 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 381 More filters Sort order May 09, 2019 Diane S rated it really liked it Shelves 5000 2019, lor 2019 As a grandparent of thirteen, I adored this book Every grandparent will recognize or relate to something in this book Told in such a natural voice that I felt she was next to me and we were discussing Parenthood and how being a grandparent is even special Their is humor, lessons learned, experiences related, and how wonderful and special is the bond between her and her grandson In fact, many of my favorite episodes in this book is when she is alone taking care of her grandson, or just s As a grandparent of thirteen, I adored this book Every grandparent will recognize or relate to something in this book Told in such a natural voice that I felt she was next to me and we were discussing Parenthood and how being a grandparent is even special Their is humor, lessons learned, experiences related, and how wonderful and special is the bond between her and her grandson In fact, many of my favorite episodes in this book is when she is alone taking care of her grandson, or just spending time with him Her wonder at this amazing little person shines through out At a certain point you realize there s a higher level of agreement about grandchildren than there is about the benefits of democracy, or chocolate A big part of our grandparent job is expressing ecstatic appreciation for everything from urination to reflexes We must always silence the irritated voice of adult competency Okay, I get it you drew a 3 But, honestly, a 3 isn t that hard Because that s one of the really important things about books, that they enable you to talk to your children about all sorts of things, sometimes without speaking at all flag 61 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Apr 28, 2019 JanB rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, 2019 reads Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells Nana in the same way some people might say ice cream and others might say Shoe Sale No one else has sounded this happy to see me in many, many years Mama means Mama, Daddy means Daddy But Nana might just be a piece of fruit i.e banana Well, if that didn t put me in my place I don t know what will, lol.And this, my friends, is the yin and the yang, and perfectly sums up what it means to be a resident of Nanaville I m a proud Nana Our son and Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells Nana in the same way some people might say ice cream and others might say Shoe Sale No one else has sounded this happy to see me in many, many years Mama means Mama, Daddy means Daddy But Nana might just be a piece of fruit i.e banana Well, if that didn t put me in my place I don t know what will, lol.And this, my friends, is the yin and the yang, and perfectly sums up what it means to be a resident of Nanaville I m a proud Nana Our son and daughter in law have made my husband and myself the proud grandparents of 3 a 3 year old and 5 month old twins The love I have for these children and what I wouldn t do for them knows no bounds It s an indescribable love that surpasses all understanding So when one of my favorite authors, Anna Quindlen, wrote a book on the subject I was first in line Her best advice to give a grandmother or grandfather butt out It can all go so very wrong for this generation of helicopter parents who are now grandparents The impulses are powerful, but must be curbed.A major question all grandparents need to ask before opening their mouths Did they ask for your opinion I had to laugh at the daughter who gave her mother a 3 page single spaced word doc before letting her babysit Haha been there done that Suck it up Grandma, it s all about spending time with the grandchild Never mind that you have successfully kept your babies alive and they are now fully functioning adults Your unsolicited advice will be perceived as judgment and criticism, so be quiet.The two commandments of Nanaville 1 Love the grandchildren2 Hold your tongue Nana judgement must be employed judiciously, and exercised carefully Be warned those who make their opinions sound like the Ten Commandments see their grandchildren only on major holidays and in photographs There s no relationship on earth like that of a grandparent and child It is true unconditional love and one that benefits both the grandparent and the child if the roles are recognized and the boundaries observed, there s nothing on earth quite like it In Nanaville, there is always in the back of my mind the understanding that I am building a memory out of spare parts and that, someday, that memory will be all that s left of me Amen.On the love a grandparent has I am much capable of seeing him purely as himself than I ever was with his father the author s son It s about being our best, to be our best selves around our grandchildren It s not about what you have to do but about what you want to do What you want to do out of pure unconditional love I myself wouldn t want to live anywhere else on earth but Nanaville It s truly the happiest place on Earth And this book is a love letter to grandparents and grandchildren everywhere I am not nearly as eloquent as Anna Quindlen and I m ever so grateful she has put into words what I feel in my heart Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 45 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Mar 09, 2019 Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, genre biography memoir, theme family Anna Quindlen is one of those writers that makes a reader happy that she is so prolific As with Dani Shapiro, she is as proficient in memoir as she is in fiction, and this lovely sharing memoir of grandmother hood is a good example Having been a prize winning journalist, she writes in a style I appreciate, in dispensing information in fine language without padding Here she discusses the role of the grandmother, how the hardest part of the role is stepping aside as an auxiliary, not performing Anna Quindlen is one of those writers that makes a reader happy that she is so prolific As with Dani Shapiro, she is as proficient in memoir as she is in fiction, and this lovely sharing memoir of grandmother hood is a good example Having been a prize winning journalist, she writes in a style I appreciate, in dispensing information in fine language without padding Here she discusses the role of the grandmother, how the hardest part of the role is stepping aside as an auxiliary, not performing the major role or make the big decisions She examines, also, parts played by the mother, daughter, mother in law, and daughter in law, all of which she has been, leading to the differences in how the landscape of the concept of family has changed over the years even in her lifetime Nowadays, the gradual morphing of the cookie jar gramma for instance into a get down on the floor and play glamma Although she is a boomer and I am a war baby, I can still relate to many of her observations and theories flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 19, 2019 Toni rated it really liked it Shelves arcs 2019 A thoughtful and funny tale on becoming a grandmother Anna entered her own, Nanaville with joy and love, thinking, great, a do over my words She was over the moon to welcome her eldest son, Quin s, and daughter in law, Lynn s, first child into the family of waiting relatives As Anna explains, First of all, let us acknowledge that, like virtually everything else they ve done, the baby boomers tend to act as though they ve invented grandparenting My answer to that would be, just as to A thoughtful and funny tale on becoming a grandmother Anna entered her own, Nanaville with joy and love, thinking, great, a do over my words She was over the moon to welcome her eldest son, Quin s, and daughter in law, Lynn s, first child into the family of waiting relatives As Anna explains, First of all, let us acknowledge that, like virtually everything else they ve done, the baby boomers tend to act as though they ve invented grandparenting My answer to that would be, just as today s parents think they invented parenting which was never even a word when I grew up Well, as we all know, we re all wrong since it s been done since mankind existed.While Anna was adjusting to being a new Grandmother, this is to say trying to find those invisible borders of helping or intruding, she learned to bite her tongue and shove her hands in her pockets She willingly admits this was difficult for her considering her personality is not usually in line with a quiet person Her career as a journalist and writer leans toward speaking up But there are new rules now, I know you don t want to consider this if you re in the same position I am, and I keep hearing that there are people who pay the notion no mind, but we grandparents are secondary characters, supporting actors We are not the leads Mama Daddy These are the bedrock Anna builds a trusting relationship with her daughter in law, Lynn, and tries to help her in any way she can knowing new mothers have the physical conundrums to deal with other than a nursing infant Sleep comes to mind, nutrition a fast second and perhaps a few minutes with her spouse She does the same with her son, Quin, who once said he was never having kids, as many of us did in our mid twenties, as she marvels at how loving and patient he s become with his son, Arthur.Best yet is the chapter on NONO s, these are the women who are in denial of being grandmothers Which brings us to what I think of as the nono s These are the women who telegraph, at least privately to me, that they have mixed feelings about all this The aging beauty who asked to be called Glamma A socialite who told me she d invented the name Tootsie I m happy to be a grandmother, but I don t want to be a babysitter, another woman said But for many of the nono s, the issue is not time management but growing older There is no question that whether you are forty or seventy, the simple fact of being a grandparent telegraphs aging I could easily go on and quote so many funny and tender words from this fantastic book I have always enjoyed anything Anna Quindlen has written, and this is no exception Although we are the same age, graduated the same year from high schools less than 10 miles apart, she s well ahead of me on grandparenting plus a few other things I highly recommend this book whether you are in Nanaville, about to be in it, years from itoh whatever, read it, you ll still enjoy yourself Thank you NetGalley, Random House, and the great Anna Quindlen flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 15, 2019 Laura Rash rated it it was amazing What a sweet, sweet book that s so spot on about the feelings, trials joys of being a nana AQ covers just about every aspect including the swearing nana I am a nana with a rich vocabulary On keeping your opinions to yourself with your grandchild s parents bc Did they ask you And the gem A lucky woman gets to trade her MOM mugs in for a NANA mug Wisdom and wit made this an enjoyable read flag 6 likesLike see review May 22, 2019 Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves relationships, old age Here s the start Sunlight spreads across the checkerboard tiles in the kitchen, and so many other things wooden spoons, a rubber frog, Tupperware, a couple of puzzle pieces, some plastic letters, elements of the obstacle course of the active toddler Did you know that the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town They do, over and over again, sung by the robotic voice of some plastic magnetic thing on the refrigerator Oh, and Old MacDonald has a farm The hokey pokey That s Here s the start Sunlight spreads across the checkerboard tiles in the kitchen, and so many other things wooden spoons, a rubber frog, Tupperware, a couple of puzzle pieces, some plastic letters, elements of the obstacle course of the active toddler Did you know that the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town They do, over and over again, sung by the robotic voice of some plastic magnetic thing on the refrigerator Oh, and Old MacDonald has a farm The hokey pokey That s what it s all about.This soundtrack, I know, will continue into perpetuity, first the nursery song, then the pop song, the rock song, the eagworms of motherhood that emanate from the toy radio, the computer, from behind a closed bedroom door with a placard that says PLEASE KNOCK I have been here before Sort of I dare you to resist reading on And how could you resist With so much to share, as the marvelous Anna Quindlen leads us newbies down the delightful path that is Grandmotherhood A member of that tribe Don t miss this one flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2019 Celia Buell rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 releases, nonfiction, poc characters, giveaways, owned, america, coming of age, decisions, home, family I think now is the perfect time to read this for the first time I just graduated high school, and am on my way to college orientation as we speak That all means I am about to start the next stage of my life, which I hope includes family connection and eventually becoming a mother of my own At this stage of my life, I appreciate Quindlen s reflections on how her childhood was different than her children s, and how her grandchildren s would be even so Her observations on changing family d I think now is the perfect time to read this for the first time I just graduated high school, and am on my way to college orientation as we speak That all means I am about to start the next stage of my life, which I hope includes family connection and eventually becoming a mother of my own At this stage of my life, I appreciate Quindlen s reflections on how her childhood was different than her children s, and how her grandchildren s would be even so Her observations on changing family dynamics are very well written as well, and the way she talks about her family s evolution from fully Irish Catholic to the diversity her children have in their marriages and in their lives was very interesting It serves as a good reminder that people can grow out of prejudices.It s also really interesting to read her thoughts on the changing meaning of a grandparent She says the modern grandparent is a fairly recent invention, and I guess it must be, although I ve never really thought about that that way By the time I was six, I only had one living grandparent, my maternal grandmother, who lived far enough away that I never got to have this type of relationship with her.My grandmother was born in the Depression era, or maybe right at the start of World War Two Reading this book made me think about that in a different light I know my mom had a fairly good relationship with her as a teen, but I never really knew her She was very set in her ways, and until I was a teenager I never took the time to understand her.I ve only recently become interested in family history, and really especially only after looking at family photos from way back at her brother s house I m really hoping I can talk to my mom s uncles and try to learn a little about the family history Nanaville has rekindled this interest Now was a perfect time for a first read of this story I can see myself reading it at two other times, two other pivotal points in my life One would be when I am an expecting mother for the first time, either naturally or adoptive The second reread will be at the time I m about to become a grandmother, assuming I live that long I know that at those points in my life, a book like this will be very helpful flag 5 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2019 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for grandmothers, and those anticipating Shelves arc random house other, primary sources, 2019 ng group challenge, memoirs biographies autobio, net galley, blogged, 5 stars 2019 publications, favorites overflow, reviewed, 2019 ng challenge Author Anna Quindlen is queen of all things warm and wise, and so it s not surprising that her ode to grandmothering hits just the right note I was lucky and read it free and early, thanks to Random House and Net Galley, but it would have been worth the purchase price had it come down to it This friendly little book is available to the public now Quindlen s memoir can double as a primer for her peers that are new grandparents also, but that s not where its greatest strength is found The most Author Anna Quindlen is queen of all things warm and wise, and so it s not surprising that her ode to grandmothering hits just the right note I was lucky and read it free and early, thanks to Random House and Net Galley, but it would have been worth the purchase price had it come down to it This friendly little book is available to the public now Quindlen s memoir can double as a primer for her peers that are new grandparents also, but that s not where its greatest strength is found The most resonant aspect is that common chord, the eloquence with which she gives voice to our common experience It makes me feel as if she and I are sitting together with our baby pictures the grandbabies and our children that created them and as she speaks, I am saying, I know, right I chuckle as she recounts trends in the advice given by experts to new parents when our first babies were born, we were told to put them to bed on their stomachs so they wouldn t spit up and choke to death on it then later children slept on their sides, which seems like a safe bet either way, but babies don t stay on their sides very long and now babies are supposed to be safer on their backs And she voices so well the pride we feel when an adult that we have parented turns into a wonderful parent in his own right And I nod in agreement as she says of her toddler grandson, No one else has sounded that happy to see me in many, many years Quindlen speaks well to the ambivalent moments as well, to the need to hold our tongues when we want to offer advice that hasn t been requested at the same time, there s the relief that comes of not being in charge of all the big decisions And I echo the outrage that she feels when some ignorant asshole suggests that our biracial grandchild is not part of our blood and bones A jerk in Baby Gap wants to know where she got him she replies that she found him at Whole Foods Unequivocally joyful is the legacy grandchildren present I am building a memory out of spare parts someday that memory will be all that s left of me And then, there are the books In the great green room Mouse, Arthur says There is a mouse, I say falling down the well of memory as I speak, other children, other chairs Go ahead Read it with dry eyes I dare you Quindlen is writing for her peers If you aren t a grandparent and don t expect to become one anytime soon or perhaps at all, then this memoir will probably not be a magical experience for you But the title and book jacket make it clear exactly where she is going, and I am delighted to go with her Highly recommended to grandparents, and to those on the cusp flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2019 Reese rated it it was amazing Anna Quindlen s Nanaville adds to the mounting evidence that, if a book is nonfiction and Anna Quindlen wrote it, I will love it No wonder On page after page of her work, I find the uncongealed jello in my mind coherently and cogently presented New to grandparenthood, I am urging open minded grandparents and grandparents to be to read Nanaville Enjoy it, and learn from it And new parents, get copies for your parents unless you think they ll feel insulted Perhaps I should have ended the Anna Quindlen s Nanaville adds to the mounting evidence that, if a book is nonfiction and Anna Quindlen wrote it, I will love it No wonder On page after page of her work, I find the uncongealed jello in my mind coherently and cogently presented New to grandparenthood, I am urging open minded grandparents and grandparents to be to read Nanaville Enjoy it, and learn from it And new parents, get copies for your parents unless you think they ll feel insulted Perhaps I should have ended the previous sentence with especially if you think they ll feel insulted flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 13, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it Recommends it for Toni Shelves non fiction Essentially the literary equivalent of a grandmother proudly whipping out a wallet full of photos or, accurately these days, an IPhone of her much adored grandson Prolific author Anna Quindlen pens a love letter to her role as paternal grandma of Arthur, the first child of her son and daughter in law As expected, being a Nana is a title she covets and Arthur a child upon whom she devotes much love and attention Although this a quick read without any new or profound revelations, even I, Essentially the literary equivalent of a grandmother proudly whipping out a wallet full of photos or, accurately these days, an IPhone of her much adored grandson Prolific author Anna Quindlen pens a love letter to her role as paternal grandma of Arthur, the first child of her son and daughter in law As expected, being a Nana is a title she covets and Arthur a child upon whom she devotes much love and attention Although this a quick read without any new or profound revelations, even I, not a Nana much less a mother myself, felt my heart lift with satisfaction and joy as Nana Quindlen expressed her sentiments flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 05, 2019 Brenda rated it it was amazing This is a fun book about being a grandparent, but also holds many truths about being a mother, mother in law, and grand parenting flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 24, 2019 Les rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, non fiction, memoir, aging Nanaville is another irresistible memoir especially for new grandmothers by one of my most favorite and prolific authors, Anna Quindlen I was thrilled to learn that I had won an Advance Reader s Copy through , but waited until we were on our three week road trip before I started reading I knew I would enjoy it, but wanted to wait until I had a big chunk of uninterrupted time before beginning From the opening pages, I was hooked, reaching for my Post It flags, nodding my head in agr Nanaville is another irresistible memoir especially for new grandmothers by one of my most favorite and prolific authors, Anna Quindlen I was thrilled to learn that I had won an Advance Reader s Copy through , but waited until we were on our three week road trip before I started reading I knew I would enjoy it, but wanted to wait until I had a big chunk of uninterrupted time before beginning From the opening pages, I was hooked, reaching for my Post It flags, nodding my head in agreement While my desire to mark passages eventually waned, my interest never did.On the Shifting Rules of Parenting He is also not supposed to be sleeping on his stomach I cycled through prevailing medical opinion on sleep positions as a young mother I was supposed to put the first on his stomach so that if he spit up he wouldn t aspirate it into his lungs I love it when you hear things like this The doctor is saying very calmly, Aspirate into his lungs and you re nodding and thinking, Aspirate Into his lungs Number two was supposed to be on his side Have you ever tried to get a baby to sleep on his side The package is not designed that way By the third there was some debate, side or back It seemed someone, somewhere, had decided the lung aspiration danger no longer applied I settled the matter with my youngest by choosing the position in which she was most likely to settle down I had three children under the age of five Pragmatism was my middle name If she wanted to sleep upside down like a bat, I would have put a bar on the ceiling above the crib Whatever gets you through the night.and a few favorite passages Sunlight spreads across the checkerboard tiles in the kitchen, and so do many other things wooden spoons, a rubber frog, Tupperware, a couple of puzzle pieces, some plastic letters, elements of the obstacle course of the active toddler Did you know that the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town They do, over and over again, sung by the robotic voice of some plastic magnetic thing on the refrigerator Oh, and Old MacDonald has a farm The hokey pokey That s what it s all about. This soundtrack, I know, will continue into perpetuity, first the nursery song, then the pop song, the rock song, the earworms of motherhood that emanate from the toy radio, the computer, from behind a closed bedroom door with a placard that says PLEASE KNOCK I have been here before Sort of.and It s a complicated relationship, being a good grandparent, because it hinges on a series of other relationships It s an odd combination of being very experienced and totally green I know how to raise a child, but I need to learn how to help my child raise his own Where I once commanded, now I need to ask permission Where I once led, I have to learn to follow For years I had strong opinions for a living Now I need to wait until I am asked for them, and modulate them most of the time Probably I overreact.and I m learning that being a grandmother is not about the things you have to do It s about the things you want to do The fact is that motherhood is mainly about requirements Very, very little of it is optional, if you re doing it with even a modicum of care There s no sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee and the remote control, saying to yourself, I don t really have to feed that baby I don t have to change his dirty diaper I don t have to keep an eye on the toddler when she s around the cat or take her to the pediatrician when she s a hot little bundle of bright red pulling at her ear and sobbing Motherhood is mainly a roundelay of thou shalt, shalt, shalt.Nana, unless she has become de facto Mom for some sad reason, is pretty much purely about desire I ve fed the baby, changed the diaper, crawled around on the floor while he went straight for the electrical outlet or the dog s tail But I ve done that because I offered and was accepted Most grandparents are tethered but not tied, connected but not compelled, except by choice.and Is there anything better than sitting in a rocking chair with a little boy next to you while you read him Goodnight Moon Is there anything magical than the connection between reader and book, Nana reading and grandson listening Arthur discovered the book The Story of Ferdinand, and because of the gentle bull, he is interested in both flowers and bumblebees I assume he learning lessons about the possibility of being both strong and gentle, but who knows All I know is that books are magic The Story of Ferdinand was published when my father was seven years old, and yet here is his great grandson attending as Ferdinand is taken to the bullring and refuses to fight. Nanaville can easily be read in a single day, but as with most of Quindlen s books a half dozen of which I have written about here , I prefer to read slowly, savoring this new book, drawing it out as long as possible in an attempt to make it last just a little bit longer.My only grandchild a beautiful, intelligent and kind hearted young woman is turning 17 this summer, has two part time jobs lined up, and is heading off to college in the fall While much of Quindlen s vignettes and advice apply to new grandparents, this gem of a book is one I look forward to reading again My daughter is engaged to be married this fall and is hoping to start a family I must admit, I would love to cuddle another little grandbaby again some dayNow that I ve finished her latest release, I want to get a copy and read Alternate Side, a novel of Quindlen s that was published 2018, which I somehow neglected to read I received a complimentary copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 18, 2019 Carol Storm rated it did not like it It s so sad that legendary New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen has been reduced to this in her old age telling cute stories about her grandchildren It s like dancing for pennies on the street I can remember when she confronted the most dangerous and controversial issues of her day race, crime, violence against women Of course America has changed a lot since Anna Quindlen won the Pulitzer prize for her writing Donald Trump is in the White House now Mean, bad, racist Donald Trump Ba It s so sad that legendary New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen has been reduced to this in her old age telling cute stories about her grandchildren It s like dancing for pennies on the street I can remember when she confronted the most dangerous and controversial issues of her day race, crime, violence against women Of course America has changed a lot since Anna Quindlen won the Pulitzer prize for her writing Donald Trump is in the White House now Mean, bad, racist Donald Trump Back in the late Eighties Trump and Anna were both legends in New York City But Trump was mean and bad, while Anna was kind and good Like the time those five black boys got accused of raping a white woman in central park Mean, bad, Trump took out a full page ad in the New York Times saying they deserved the death penalty before they d even gone to trial Of course Anna Quindlen took a totally different tack She wrote about seventeen columns about the victim herself, painting her as a sort of modern day Joan of Arc And only in passing did she remark that the evil, subhuman black boys were, of course, guilty of all charges, as black boys accused of rape always are This was before they d even brought to trial Well, tragically, the boys they arrested and convicted were all innocent They all did about five years in prison, which must have been terrible for them and for their families But Trump never apologized Anna Quindlen never apologized either After the Central Park Five were exonerated, they sued the city for millions of dollars, and they won The whole city betrayed them The cops, the media, and the politicians But the only person who was ever punished was the prosecutor, Linda Fairstein She got kicked off a bunch of charity boards And her publisher stopped publishing her mystery novels Why can t Random House drop Anna Quindlen the way Dutton dropped Linda Fairstein flag 3 likesLike see review May 11, 2019 Patricia rated it really liked it A fast read with many heartwarming stories and insights flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2019 Pam Nichols rated it it was amazing I rarely rate books because there are so many criteria but as a proud and happy grandmother my chosen title is Ama , my husband s, Big Nic , I devoured this book in a few hours and ordered a copy to annotate and share with my children, the parents of what I call our grandwonders I have read everything Anna Quindlen has published and she brings her elegance with words to this wondrous of all roles, grandparenting It will be a gift for every new grandparent that I love flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 13, 2019 Westminster Library rated it really liked it Shelves biography memoir, christine I enjoyed Anna s writing about becoming a grandparent I hope some day I m a grandma and this book helped reinforce that desire I also learned some important lessons on what not to do, should I ever become one The chapter on Nonos was eye opening as to why some women don t want to be grandmothers I recommend this book for people who want to be grandparents, aregrandparent, or are dealing with grandparents.Find Nanaville Adventures in Grandparenting at Westminster Public Library today And i I enjoyed Anna s writing about becoming a grandparent I hope some day I m a grandma and this book helped reinforce that desire I also learned some important lessons on what not to do, should I ever become one The chapter on Nonos was eye opening as to why some women don t want to be grandmothers I recommend this book for people who want to be grandparents, aregrandparent, or are dealing with grandparents.Find Nanaville Adventures in Grandparenting at Westminster Public Library today And if you are in search of new books to read, try our services, What Do I Read Next Our library staff are standing by to create a personalized recommendation list for you flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 11, 2019 Kathy McC rated it it was amazing I agree with every single sentence Plus, since I enjoy all of Ms Quindlen s books, I loved the prose.Too many highlighted passages to choose only a few flag 2 likesLike see review May 03, 2019 Lynne Spreen rated it liked it review of another edition I don t think I m going to finish it It s just not that interesting A big reason for that is that Anna Quindlen is opining on this topic of grandparenting when the baby is still just tiny and there s only one I think if you wanted to write about grandparenting, it might be better to wait until you had experience at it Otherwise a lot of it seems like a recital of platitudes Here s a quote, for example And then there are the moments that are like lightning striking, like sunrise and su I don t think I m going to finish it It s just not that interesting A big reason for that is that Anna Quindlen is opining on this topic of grandparenting when the baby is still just tiny and there s only one I think if you wanted to write about grandparenting, it might be better to wait until you had experience at it Otherwise a lot of it seems like a recital of platitudes Here s a quote, for example And then there are the moments that are like lightning striking, like sunrise and sunset and New Years Eve all at once I had one of those moments when I asked Quin what surprised him most about being a father And he said, I guess it s how much I love him in a way I ve never loved anyone before And, ladies and gentlemen, my work here is done See what I mean Just kind of dull Maybe there s to this book in the second half, but I don t think I m motivated enough to find out flag 2 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 01, 2019 Diane rated it it was amazing In Nanaville, Anna Quindlen perfectly hits the nail on the head when she relates her personal experiences of being a first time grandparent in her early 60 s, when her son and wife welcomed, their first child, little Arthur, into the world Here are some of the thought provoking passages which resonated with me I m not a Nana but, I have been a Grammy for these last 7 years QUOTES Nanaville is a place I wound up inhabiting without ever knowing it was what I wanted, needed or was working In Nanaville, Anna Quindlen perfectly hits the nail on the head when she relates her personal experiences of being a first time grandparent in her early 60 s, when her son and wife welcomed, their first child, little Arthur, into the world Here are some of the thought provoking passages which resonated with me I m not a Nana but, I have been a Grammy for these last 7 years QUOTES Nanaville is a place I wound up inhabiting without ever knowing it was what I wanted, needed or was working toward Your children, by having children, make you a grandparent that fate is not in your hands But the choice of what kind of grandparent to be is It s a complicated relationship, being a good grandparent, because it hinges on a series of other relationships It s and odd combination of being very experienced and totally green I know how to raise a child, but I need to learn how to help my child raise his own Where I once commanded, now I need to ask permission Where I once led, I have to learn to follow For years I had strong opinions for a living Now I need to wait until I m asked for them, and modulate them most of the time Most of us entered the parental enterprise with one of two impulses to be much like our own mother or father as possible or to be unlike them in every conceivable way All I know is The hand The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers I m happy our grandson does not yet have a sophisticated language or a working knowledge of personal finance, because if he took my hand and said, Nana, could you sign your 401 k over to me I can imagine myself thinking, well, I don t really need a retirement fund, do I Nana judgment must be employed judiciously, and exercised carefully Be warned those who make their opinions sound like the Ten Commandments see their grandchildren only on major holidays and in photographs Families are crucibles of so much that shapes and steers and, sometimes, damages us It s odd when you look at animals and realize that once puppies have been weaned and have grown, their mother doesn t seem to recognize any trace relationship with them That s not true of humans for good and for ill.Beautifully written and not overly sentimental, this short 172 book is delightful Grab a copy for a Mother s Day gift for the special grandmother in your life.4.5 5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 10, 2019 Jojo rated it really liked it I am not a grandparent but I babysit quite often for my favorite nephew s red headed little boy and girl who are 5 and 3 years old and who i nicknamed for myself as The Cheetos, though i haven t told their parents I do that But I love Anna Quindlen s books so i wanted to read it and I was glad i did because I actually got something out of it, even as i am neither a mother or a grandmother I did have some issues with the book I believe Anna might be a tad bit too apologetic or timid about he I am not a grandparent but I babysit quite often for my favorite nephew s red headed little boy and girl who are 5 and 3 years old and who i nicknamed for myself as The Cheetos, though i haven t told their parents I do that But I love Anna Quindlen s books so i wanted to read it and I was glad i did because I actually got something out of it, even as i am neither a mother or a grandmother I did have some issues with the book I believe Anna might be a tad bit too apologetic or timid about her grand parenting skills and at times i felt she wrote as if she is walking on eggshells with her new daughter in law and i wondered if that is in part was because her daughter in law is Chinese which could add another element to the mother in law and the grand parenting experience I felt like Anna was way too worried about overstepping in her new role I mean, come on, Anna Quindlen is a fantastic talent, a wise strong woman She is famous AND she raised three pretty good kids There is a chapter in there that at first i thought was one i will especially be mindful of when i am babysitting There is a chapter in there, i think it s entitled Did they ask you And that is about not offering advice about how her son and his wife are raising their little boy But i feel like what is missing from Anna in this book is that somewhere there should be some credit given to grandmothers that they know a little something about raising children and maybe just maybe they have a little advice to offer and so there should be another chapter for the new parents and it should be entitled What Do You Think I Should Do or What Would You Do To open that door so grandmothers and in some cases, grandpas too won t feel like they are holding back so much if they maybe have some really terrific advice I could be wrong though Maybe new parents have to do it all on their own in their own way And maybe they do know about raising kid than the previous generation I would love to have wine with Anna and ask her about what she REALLY wants to say to her son and his wife about raising their kid flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 21, 2019 Victoria rated it really liked it Over the years I ve read a lot of Anna Quindlen s writings, fiction and nonfiction, and very much admired and appreciated her style as well as her thoughts When I received this book from my daughter, who made me a grandmother or specifically, a grandy , I looked forward to reading it Turns out I had many reactions to it I felt a kinship with another grandmother I was dismayed at how different our experiences or our reactions to them were, and how belittled I felt How validated then I w Over the years I ve read a lot of Anna Quindlen s writings, fiction and nonfiction, and very much admired and appreciated her style as well as her thoughts When I received this book from my daughter, who made me a grandmother or specifically, a grandy , I looked forward to reading it Turns out I had many reactions to it I felt a kinship with another grandmother I was dismayed at how different our experiences or our reactions to them were, and how belittled I felt How validated then I would feel a few pages later by something Quindlen wrote about her experience that mirrored mine I finally reached the point that I understood that Nanaville was where she lives, not where I live To put it simply When your child has a child, you can choose to become a nana, a grandmother, a nonnie, a big momma, a glamma, a grammy or granny And on and on But it s all very individual within the larger context of sameness Overall, I ended up seeing eye to eye with her, losing the sense of inferiority that I first felt while comparing her story to mine Aha The same way new moms feel uneasy or shamed by the constant comparisons with everyone from their college best friend to the new mom Hollywood icon I ve been a grandy now for over 14 years Wouldn t trade the experience for the world I am very much a constant presence in my grandchildren s lives and some days are good and some days are frustrating and most days are a mix of fun and laughs and aggravations and pettiness and memories and silliness and discipline and frustration Yeah, sort of like being a parent I can t express it as well as Anna Quindlen but being a grandy is one of the happiest parts of my life while also being the part that almost overwhelms me with responsibility I m glad my Grandy Camp is near her Nanaville flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 30, 2019 Sharon Chase rated it liked it Reflections on grandparenting from a writer I ve long admired Mostly affirmed what I have already learned, but there is nothing wrong with affirmation She writes about the joy of watching your child take on the roll of parent and do a fabulous job of it She writes about her great good fortune that her DIL is a wonderful mother who welcomes grandparents in She writes about the wonder of watching a little person becoming themselves, and the joy of seeing the world once again through the eyes o Reflections on grandparenting from a writer I ve long admired Mostly affirmed what I have already learned, but there is nothing wrong with affirmation She writes about the joy of watching your child take on the roll of parent and do a fabulous job of it She writes about her great good fortune that her DIL is a wonderful mother who welcomes grandparents in She writes about the wonder of watching a little person becoming themselves, and the joy of seeing the world once again through the eyes of a child Being a grandma is the best she says I couldn t agree flag 1 likeLike see review May 25, 2019 Gerry rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction Quindlen s sweet reminiscences about moments with her grandson, and about grandparenting in general were a delight to read, and it was no surprise that her observations and experiences so closely paralleled my own, though of course she expressed them so much better Her final chapter, an imagined future small moment while she awaits the arrival of her young adult grandchildren with their friends at her country home, is incredibly touching flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 10, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves memoir, challenge 2019 Such a wise and happy read about becoming a grandmother If you re a grandmother, treat yourself to this book If you have a friend who s about to become a first time grandmother, gift them with this book Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells, Nana in the way some people might say ice cream and others say shoe sale No one has sounded that happy to see me in many many years Anna Quindlen, Nanaville flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Aug 08, 2019 Alison Wallace Projansky rated it really liked it I enjoy anything by Anna Quindlen, and was looking forward to Nanaville since I am a new grandmother It was an easy, enjoyable read, as expected Nothing really original or Aha about it, but still good I do wonder how much is written with the certainty that her son and daughter in law will be reading it, so be careful Don t rock Nanaville, or imperil the grandchild visits flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 14, 2019 Mary Skoien rated it really liked it Any one who is lucky enough to have grandchildren or a mature person of a certain age who has a special relationship with little ones who are decades their junior, will relate to the unique relationship between grandparents and grandchildren Also, seeing your children parent their children is so interesting to observe Love reading Anna Quindlen flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 12, 2019 Brenda rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 I listened to this quick 3 disc audio book while running errands and commuting Such a sweet and insightful commentary on grandmotherhood I really enjoyed listening to Anna Quinlan reading this and one of the fun parts was talking about all of the different names for Grandma Fun listen flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 13, 2019 Candice rated it it was amazing I generally like Anna Quindlen s books, but I absolutely loved this one She put into words many of the feelings I have about being a grandmother The book is mostly about her status as grandmother, but subtly sprinkled throughout are some common sense nuggets of advice I m going to recommend this to my grandparent friends flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment May 07, 2019 Michele rated it it was amazing 4.5 stars, rounding down only because I m a parent, not a grandparent though if I were, I can imagine how perfect this short book would be Quintessential Quindlen, with echoes back all the way to her Life in the 30s columns from the New York Times that I ve read again and again flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 03, 2019 Kimberly Lynne rated it really liked it A warm reflection on the changing art of grand parenting in the 21st century Not that I m looking forward to this at all someday flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Mt Lebanon Publi Nanaville by Anna Quindlen 1 2 Jun 11, 2019 04 34PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Nonfiction 63 users Autobiography Memoir 36 users Writing Essays 11 users Parenting 9 users Biography 9 users Family 8 users See top shelves About Anna Quindlen Anna Quindlen 2,961 followers Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold than a million copies While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear Books by Anna Quindlen More Trivia About Nanaville Advent No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Nanaville Advent Some people measure their success by the profession their children have chosen, by the purchase of a house, by how often they visit or call But the only measurement, truly, is something that s quite subjective have you raised good people 2 likes It s a complicated relationship, being a good grandparent, because it hinges on a series of other relationships Because being a grandparent is determined by the relationship your child has with you, partly determined by the one a son or daughter has with his or her spouse, partly determined by the relationship you have with the person your child has chosen to have a child with 2 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 671, 695, 324, 65, 21 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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      Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold than a million copies While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear

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    1. As a grandparent of thirteen, I adored this book Every grandparent will recognize or relate to something in this book Told in such a natural voice that I felt she was next to me and we were discussing Parenthood and how being a grandparent is even special Their is humor, lessons learned, experiences related, and how wonderful and special is the bond between her and her grandson In fact, many of my favorite episodes in this book is when she is alone taking care of her grandson, or just s As a gr [...]


    2. Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells Nana in the same way some people might say ice cream and others might say Shoe Sale No one else has sounded this happy to see me in many, many years Mama means Mama, Daddy means Daddy But Nana might just be a piece of fruit i.e banana Well, if that didn t put me in my place I don t know what will, lol.And this, my friends, is the yin and the yang, and perfectly sums up what it means to be a resident of Nanaville I m a proud Nana Our son and Sometimes Arthur see [...]


    3. Anna Quindlen is one of those writers that makes a reader happy that she is so prolific As with Dani Shapiro, she is as proficient in memoir as she is in fiction, and this lovely sharing memoir of grandmother hood is a good example Having been a prize winning journalist, she writes in a style I appreciate, in dispensing information in fine language without padding Here she discusses the role of the grandmother, how the hardest part of the role is stepping aside as an auxiliary, not performing An [...]


    4. A thoughtful and funny tale on becoming a grandmother Anna entered her own, Nanaville with joy and love, thinking, great, a do over my words She was over the moon to welcome her eldest son, Quin s, and daughter in law, Lynn s, first child into the family of waiting relatives As Anna explains, First of all, let us acknowledge that, like virtually everything else they ve done, the baby boomers tend to act as though they ve invented grandparenting My answer to that would be, just as to A thoughtful [...]


    5. What a sweet, sweet book that s so spot on about the feelings, trials joys of being a nana AQ covers just about every aspect including the swearing nana I am a nana with a rich vocabulary On keeping your opinions to yourself with your grandchild s parents bc Did they ask you And the gem A lucky woman gets to trade her MOM mugs in for a NANA mug Wisdom and wit made this an enjoyable read


    6. Here s the start Sunlight spreads across the checkerboard tiles in the kitchen, and so many other things wooden spoons, a rubber frog, Tupperware, a couple of puzzle pieces, some plastic letters, elements of the obstacle course of the active toddler Did you know that the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town They do, over and over again, sung by the robotic voice of some plastic magnetic thing on the refrigerator Oh, and Old MacDonald has a farm The hokey pokey That s Here s [...]


    7. I think now is the perfect time to read this for the first time I just graduated high school, and am on my way to college orientation as we speak That all means I am about to start the next stage of my life, which I hope includes family connection and eventually becoming a mother of my own At this stage of my life, I appreciate Quindlen s reflections on how her childhood was different than her children s, and how her grandchildren s would be even so Her observations on changing family d I think [...]


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