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As Good as I Could be [Paperback]

CHEEVER

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27 May 2002
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.

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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: 1.4 x 13.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,931,028 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! 4 May 2001
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"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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mothering with empathy 15 Sep 2006
By Reader from Mayland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Fabulous As She Could Be 7 Jun 2001
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Format:Hardcover
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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