Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers: 101 Stories of Love, Laughs, and Lessons from Grandmothers and Grandchildren

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Love, laughs, and lessons for Grandmothers of all ages!

Treat your grandmother to 101 heartwarming, amusing, and inspirational stories about:

-becoming a new person ? a grandmother
-getting your grandma name
-surviving babysitting!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers: 101 Stories of Love, Laughs, and Lessons from Grandmothers and Grandchildren

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Love, laughs, and lessons for Grandmothers of all ages!

Treat your grandmother to 101 heartwarming, amusing, and inspirational stories about:

-becoming a new person — a grandmother
-getting your grandma name
-surviving babysitting!
-dispensing advice to your children and grandchildren... and learning not to!
-the unconditional love and mutual admiration between grandparents and grandchildren
-adventures with the grandkids, from amusement parks to foreign travel
-the funny things that only kids can say and do
-passing traditions and legacies through the generations
-becoming a grandma through adoption or marriage
-and plenty of comic relief from grandmothers and grandchildren

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441877925
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Introduction Barbara LoMonaco xi

1 Grand Wisdom

1 Grandmother's Gift Elizabeth Rose Reardon Farella 1

2 Queen of Hearts Emily Parke Chase 6

3 Are You Sure You Have Alzheimer's? Cynthia Morningstar 9

4 Granny's Bible Robin Rylee Harderson 11

5 Grandma Knows Cathy Howard 16

6 Go Finger Margie Reins Smith 21

7 Gramma's Advice Linda Burks Lohman 23

8 Best Friend Arlene Rains Graber 26

9 The Courage to Dream Danica Favorite 29

10 The Locket Donna Brothers 33

2 Becoming a Grandmother

11 Bewitched by Baby T D.R. Ransdell 41

12 What Does a Grandmother Know? Davi Walders 45

13 From Sad to Glad Sallie A. Rodman 49

14 Woven with Love Joy Faire Stewart 52

15 On Becoming a Grandmother Terrie Todd 55

16 Ready or Not Margaret M. Marty 57

17 A Grandma's Heart Donna Lowich 59

18 Ready for Stardust Terri Elders 61

19 A Different Bike Ride Janet Perez Eckles 64

20 Evan Sallie Wagner Brown 68

3 Making a Difference

21 Solid Rangers Bettie Wailes 75

22 Sheryl's Gift LeAynne Snell 79

23 Granny's Cedar Chest Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy 82

24 Brandon's New Life Jewell Johnson 85

25 Becoming a Second Generation Parent Christine Long 88

26 A Little Pink Sock Sally Schwartz Friedman 92

27 Not a Poem Jane Ebihara 95

28 Passages in Stone Laudizen King 97

29 Life Frances R. Ruffin 100

30 Her Turn Kara Johnson 102

31 Grandma's Trade Secret Courtney Conover 105

4 Grand Friends

32 The Day Nono Said Yes Marsha Porter 111

33 The Snitch Kay Conner Pliszka 115

34 Of Prune Pits and Pirate Ships Gretchen Nilsen Lendrum 118

35 Adolescence Revisited Sally Schwartz Friedman 122

36 ttyl B.J. Taylor 126

37 Secret Smiles Sharon Landeen 130

38 Letters to Mamaw Lisa Kulka 132

39 That's What Grandmothers Are For Miriam Hill 134

40 Staying with Mammie Melissa Face 137

41 Pizza Night William Mark Baldwin 141

5 The Name Game

42 They Call Me Bup Luann Warner 147

43 The Baby Babble Race Suzette Martinez Standring 149

44 Name-Calling Carol McAdoo Rehme 151

45 Extra Grandma Melinda Richarz Lyons 152

46 Adopting Edna Rita Lussier 154

47 Grandma's the Name Linda Williams Aber 157

48 Mommar's Girl Joanne Wright Schulte 159

49 Mama Henry Matthew Ward 161

50 She Called Me Grandma Ann Summerville 163

51 Comeuppance Barbara Brady 166

6 Through the Generations

52 No Greater Compliment Linda C. Defew 171

53 Silence Is Golden Sally Schwartz Friedman 174

54 How Can We Make Grams Cry This Year? Aaron Solly 178

55 Return to Heart Mountain Jessie Miyeko Santala 182

56 Two Peas in a Pod Sallie A. Rodman 186

57 Great Expectations Patricia Fish 190

58 Grandma's Legacy Talia Carner 193

59 Grandma's Challah Marcia Berneger 195

60 Memories Karen R. Kilby 200

61 A Working Woman Nancy Hatten 202

62 Full of Grace Hilary Heskett 205

7 Grand Fun

63 An "Aha Moment" Alice Muschany 211

64 Serious Business Beth Morrissey 214

65 The Candy Drawer Karen Jameson 216

66 Just Wait Until You're a Mother Valerie J. Frost 219

67 Watching Andrew Judith Marks-White 224

68 Jeffrey's Promise Pam Rogers 227

69 The Magic Purse P.S. Durham 229

70 Brownies for Breakfast Jane McBride Choate 234

71 The Problem with Scandinavian Grandmothers Elizabeth Bostock 236

72 Favorites Gloria Ashby 240

8 From the Mouths of Babes

73 Generation Gasps Molly O'Connor 247

74 Ready to Go Ruth Lehrer 250

75 It's Family Beverly F. Walker 253

76 How Big Was Your Computer? Donna S. Watson 256

77 More Kimberly Ripley 259

78 Just Checking In Alice Muschany 262

79 Don't Bruise the Petals April Knight 266

80 Grandparents' Day Miriam Hill 269

81 When Everything Changes Sally Schwartz Friedman 271

82 What Lurks Behind the Trees Barbara Elliott Carpenter 275

9 Oh My Aching…

83 Thank Heaven for Little Boys Sally Schwartz Friedman 281

84 Shhhhhh Ferida Wolff 284

85 Day 10 of 13 Toni Somers 288

86 Cheerio Parties Carol Harrison 290

87 Bring on the Rain Alice Muschany 294

88 Grandma Goes Crazy Judith Marks-White 297

89 Living Life Soaking Wet Karen Kelly 302

90 Granny Tries the Jacuzzi Phyllis Tomberg Giglio 305

91 Camp Grandma Ellen Fink 308

10 Grand Adventures

92 Free-Falling Grandma Bobbie Jensen Lippman 315

93 Time-Traveling Grandmother Judy Harch 321

94 The New Refrigerator Ruth Smith 324

95 Pyramids and Pillowcases Diane Gardner 327

96 A Child Is Born Frances R. Ruffin 329

97 Emily and the Flying Fish Sally Schwartz Friedman 332

98 Adventures in Etiquette Rosemary Francis 335

99 Sliver of Bed Pamela Loxley Drake 338

100 Land of the Rising Sun Ann Barnett 341

101 Jordan and Mandi Spend the Night Margie Pasero 345

Meet Our Contributors 349

Meet Our Authors 364

Thank You 366

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 367

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    A True Gift!

    Grandmothers everywhere will enjoy the inspirational stories found in this jewel of a book. Having read the book from cover to cover, I can attest to the quality and joy of each and every story. - P.S. Durham (contributing author of the story 'The Magic Purse' to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers)

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