Family Ties

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We are bound to our families with ties of love, tears, and history. In Family Ties, bestselling author Lois Wyse explores with wit and insight both the visible and the invisible relationships that connect the generations.

From stories of marriages (both old and new), babies (both natural-born and adopted), siblings, grand-parents, and those friends who are loved like family, Wyse has woven a collection that will touch the hearts of all readers....

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Overview

We are bound to our families with ties of love, tears, and history. In Family Ties, bestselling author Lois Wyse explores with wit and insight both the visible and the invisible relationships that connect the generations.

From stories of marriages (both old and new), babies (both natural-born and adopted), siblings, grand-parents, and those friends who are loved like family, Wyse has woven a collection that will touch the hearts of all readers.

You will meet a father who never knew he had a daughter, a high-powered career woman who went to China in order to become a mother, a little girl who finds a husband for her widowed mother (and a father for herself), a grandmother who pulls her entire family together to welcome a long-lost grandchild -- and, between the lines, stories of the love and understanding that make all families stronger.

Here, too, is Lois Wyse's own story of a month she spent in southern France with fifteen members of her amalgamated family: adult children and stepchildren, in-laws, and grandchildren, hailing from different cities. With candor and humor, she tells how three generations of one family grew closer and came to understand their relationships in ways that will always color and strengthen their lives.

Family Ties celebrates the bonds that enrich our own families. Delightful and endlessly true, this is a perfect book for everyone from mothers and fathers to grandchildren, stepdaughters, sons-in-law, and second cousins once removed -- all of us for whom family is the core of life.

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This charming collection of vignettes will tug at readers' heartstrings and may prompt more than a few phone calls to moms, dads, children, or grandmas. With her trademark warmth and humor, Wyse provides tender glimpses into the family lives of various friends and acquaintances, herself included.
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Back to please her long-standing fansand even gain some new onesLois Wyse presents Family Ties: The Legacy of Love, a mixture of tales about love within the folds of family, both her own and others'. The author of more than 60 books (of fiction, poetry and nonfiction as well as the New York Times bestseller Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother), she spotlights famous families such as the musical Simon sisters (pop singer Carly; composer Lucy; and opera singer Joanna). From delightful snippets of poetry to prose vignettes, Wyse explores the small, wondrous moments and connections that bind us to our families in ways that may be more meaningful than even words can express. Agent, Owen Laster. ( May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743203647
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/8/2001
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Family Dinner

I look around the table
And see those who mean
The most to me.


So why are my eyes
Filled with tears?


Because I also see
Those who are not there.

Copyright © 2001 by Garret Press

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Introduction

Introduction

There are no applications, interviews, or previous experiences required for the job you'll hold all your life — the job of family member.

We are born to be sons and daughters and we are handed a collection of relatives. Then, as if it weren't tough enough playing with the family cards we're dealt at birth, we go ahead and create families of our own. Sometimes it's through marriage; sometimes it's through friendships that take on the characteristics of family ("Why didn't you call?" "Are you okay?" "Happy birthday.")

Sometimes the family is a blessing, sometimes a chore. Still, nothing in life lightens, brightens, or frightens us more than our family ties.

So here's to the family.

Here's to the mothers and daughters, the fathers and sons, the sisters and brothers, the aunts and uncles, the collections of cousins and grandparents and grandkids.

Here's to the halves, the steps, and the wholes.

Here's to the core of life, the family, and the histories and stories we make together.

Copyright © 2001 by Garret Press

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