Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventysomething Surrogate Mother

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Well into her seventies, the indomitable Liz Carpenter took on the task of bringing up three teenagers - and bring them up she did. Her warm, witty, wonderful, and rambunctious story will make all readers proud to be part of the human race. Unplanned Parenthood relates how she and the kids not only survived it all, but reaped the rewards only one generation can bestow upon another.

As a journalist and press secretary and staff director to Ladybird Johnson, Liz ...

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Overview

Well into her seventies, the indomitable Liz Carpenter took on the task of bringing up three teenagers - and bring them up she did. Her warm, witty, wonderful, and rambunctious story will make all readers proud to be part of the human race. Unplanned Parenthood relates how she and the kids not only survived it all, but reaped the rewards only one generation can bestow upon another.

As a journalist and press secretary and staff director to Ladybird Johnson, Liz Carpenter witnessed firsthand many momentous events of history. Well into her seventies, Carpenter took on the task of bringing up three teenagers. Here is the story of how she and the kids survived it all and reaped the rewards that one generation can bestow on another.

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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.)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449909959
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/22/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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