The idea of this blog is to facilitate the love of reading by collecting news about new books, or sometimes good old books. It is also dedicated to stamping out the scourge of e-books, Kindles, Kobo's, i-Pads, and all other such abominations.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The First Three Years of a Grandmother's Life

Grandmothers are truly coming into their own. Many of us have had experiences with our grandparents that have enriched our lives. I had two remarkable ones. From one I learned how to get things done and from the other I learned about the power of stories. Stephen Lewis is working with grandmothers to solve many difficult problems in Africa. In Canada and around the world, grandmothers are taking on the task of bringing up children who are parentless.

So it is timely to find the book, The First Three Years of a Grandmother's Life, written by Carol Matthews. Carol has worked as a hospital social worker, an Executive Director of Nanaimo Family Life, and as an instructor and Dean at Malaspina University College. It may be that as Charlotte's grandmother, she has entered the steepest learning curve of her life. This book, based on a series of articles that were written for the journal Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, is illuminating. Charlotte is her own person, as Carol recognized from the moment Charlotte was born. It's not every grandmother that celebrates a granddaughter's ability to say "no" but Carol understands how important it is for Charlotte to do just that. Matthews brings the role of grandmothering into the 21st Century. When Carol and Charlotte view the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade at Christmas, Carol experiences the anomalies of the season: the two kinds of bag people--the shoppers, and the homeless. Over and over, Carol brings an awareness of the complex world our grandmothers find themselves in, a world that can be depressing and demoralizing. Somehow, the wonder and magic, and the fiddling angels that a child sees makes the world a better place to be. There is wisdom, humour and compassion in this book.
Carol will celebrate Grandparents Day, September 10, with a reading at 3:00 p.m. at St Pauls Anglican Hall in Nanaimo. Do join us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thora -- Thanks for your really thoughtful review of my book. I appreciate your careful reading and all your support! Appreciatively,

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Alison Matthews said...

What a great blog! Good reviews, lots of great links and resources...
With a young child who is already book-crazy, I'm in need of the excellent info provided here. It's going onto my list of favourites.
Many thanks, Thora!

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a soon-to-be grandmother, I'm excited to read Carol's newest book. I expect it will give me a wonderful, original and witty perspective which will be very handy.
Jane Shakespeare Horner

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! for "The First Three Years of a Grandmother's Life", and copies are going to many of the grandmothers in my life (friends who have recently become grandmothers, my sister who became a grandmother last year, my mother-in-law who became a grandmother two years ago....they're all over the place!).
Richard Steinberg, Santa Barbara, CA

9:23 PM  

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