Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
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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 raising their children and with a grandmother in the running to be our next US President Stahl's book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
LESLEY STAHL is one of America s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists. Her career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting. She has been a "60 Minutes "correspondent since 1991; the 2015-16 season marks her 25th on the broadcast. Prior to joining "60 Minutes," Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and part of the George H.W. Bush presidencies. She also hosted "Face the Nation" from 1983-91 and co-anchored "American Tonight" from 1989 to 1990. She is married to author and screenwriter Aaron Latham. They have one daughter and two granddaughters. "From the Hardcover edition.""