Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventysomething Surrogate Mother

Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventysomething Surrogate Mother

by Liz Carpenter
     
 
Liz Carpenter has been a speech writer, a press secretary, a lecturer, and a well-known Texas character, but nothing prepared her for being a mother the second time around (.
"On his deathbed three years ago, the man she calls 'my soul mate' asked her to take care of his children (.So she opened her Austin home with its chintz-covered couches, and in

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Liz Carpenter has been a speech writer, a press secretary, a lecturer, and a well-known Texas character, but nothing prepared her for being a mother the second time around (.
"On his deathbed three years ago, the man she calls 'my soul mate' asked her to take care of his children (.So she opened her Austin home with its chintz-covered couches, and in flopped three teenagers....On the Mount Rushmore of child-rearing—Benjamin Spock, T. Berry Brazelton, Penelope Leach—a fourth face has been etched: Liz Carpenter's."
—The Dallas Morning News
"I wish Liz Carpenter would adopt me. This book tells why."
—Bill Moyers
"Carpenter's how-to on raising somebody else's kids is a frequently hilarious, often-poignant, engagingly homespun road map of inter-generational side trips into unexplored territory where older Americans might once have feared to roam....Not merely did they put her through every torture (but they did it to her at an age when she should have been sitting back with her feet up, sipping a glass of wine and doing the crossword puzzle."
—The Washington Post
"I found the book both moving and wise. Hell, it made me cry. Yeah, sure Liz is funny. Liz is always funny. But Liz is not always funny, moving, and wise. That is why this book is a good value for the money."
—Molly Ivins
"An engaging, if wry, account of her surrogate motherhood—and the undisciplined, confused children she took into her home (.Her stamina is amazing. But her charges had to make adjustments, too. She is quick to acknowledge they brought her a completely new perspective on life, liberty and the pursuit ofunderstanding."
—Detroit Free Press
"It's funny! It's right on target for the nineties! Liz Carpenter, Texas's favorite earth mother, inherits three teenagers and rolls it into a hilarious saga of what it is like to raise 'em at age seventy-three."
—Fannie Flagg

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her ``slightly dotty old-age''-she has had a mastectomy, is deaf in one ear, has a weak bladder and a debilitating arthritic ankle-Carpenter takes on the responsibility of raising the three children of her brother Tom, dead at 79. She's 71; the year is 1991. ``There were just no other takers'' for Liz, 16, Tommy, 14, and Mary, 11, not among their seven half-sisters who are in their 40s and 50s, nor their mother, who leads something of a gypsy life. The widowed Carpenter, whose own two children are married, is contentedly settled in Austin, Tex., after her years as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and White House press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson. The tales Carpenter recounts of her attempts to be Super Surrogate Mom are poignant, sometimes funny, as she recalls the kids' messiness and other exasperations that tested her temper and added to her domestic chores, causing her difficulties in meeting her lecture commitments and writing deadlines. But the story has a satisfying resolution. Over the three years related here, patience, understanding and love grow this mismatched household into a family, nurtured by Carpenter's good will. (Oct.)
Library Journal
World War II journalist in Washington, D.C.; press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson; best-selling author of books like Ruffles and Flourishes-Carpenter thought she had done it all until she became surrogate mother to her three teenaged grandchildren. An 18-city author tour launches this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449909959
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/22/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.72(d)

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