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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (27 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671034987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671034986
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,083,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Philadelphia Inquirer" It is Cheever's ability to dive suddenly from the surface to the deeper places of the soul.

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WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN eighteen years ago, my brother Fred and his wife sent her a stuffed brown bear with a white nose and tummy and a manufacturer's name tag which told us its name was "Snuffles." Read the first page
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Buy this book! 4 May 2001
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Format: Hardcover
"ON Christmas Eve we all go to church to watch the Christmas Pageant, a thrilling performance involving some real baby sheep and a live donkey who once bucked off the Virgin Mary in a fit of holy exaltation." I was unprepared when I picked up this book for how funny it would be. I also hadn't expected it to be so shrewd in its cultural appraisal. But it is--it's funny and startling, beautifully written. And so smart on the subject of raising children. I really loved it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Susan Cheever is a great writer and a wonderful parent!! 17 May 2001
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Format: Hardcover
"Real me" is my favorite of all the chapters but all of them are fantastic!!! Cheever has shown us the funny side of parenting, this is not a "boring how-to-guide" but more sharing of cheever's experence, strenght and hope!!!! Moving, funny, witty and revealing!!!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mothering with empathy 15 Sept. 2006
By Reader from Mayland - Published on
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This book is warm, encouraging and very funny. She demonstates that having had a difficult childhood does not mean that one cannot be a terrific parent. I enjoyed the way she wrote aobut her children; so much respect, empathy and love.

This is not a "how-to" book or even a book of advice. It is more a memoir of parenting. If you are looking for parenting information, try one of Penelope Leach's or Terry Brazelton's excellent books.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As Fabulous As She Could Be 7 Jun. 2001
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This is Susan Cheever at her eloquent, incisive, sweet-rhythmed best. She writes that her children are the center of her world. Lucky children. And lucky us to be the recipients of her loving, hilarious, honest report back to the outer reaches.
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