Unplanned Parenthood: The Confesions of a Septuagenarian Surrogate Mother

Unplanned Parenthood: The Confesions of a Septuagenarian Surrogate Mother

by Liz Carpenter
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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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.)
Library Journal - 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.
Mary Ellen Sullivan
What happens when a seventysomething woman suddenly finds herself with three teenagers to raise? This isn't the setup for a sitcom but a slice of Carpenter's life. She had already been a political reporter, and press secretary and confidante of LBJ and Ladybird, and was a widow with two grown children when her brother died, leaving behind children who needed good parenting. Carpenter took them on and within no time became familiar with REM, MTV, used BMWs, and Doc Martens, and also with hormones, drinking, drugs, and suicide. Undaunted, Carpenter found creative ways to get a crash course in contemporary parenting, from calling other parents for advice to calling in a judge and an attorney she knew to talk with her kids about the dangers of drugs. This is the story of a spirited woman as sassy, brassy, and opinionated as her fellow Texan, Governor Ann Richards, and it's an old-fashioned story of love, showing just how bountiful passion and compassion can be. Moreover, entertaining and heartwarming, it's told by a born storyteller.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679427988
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/20/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.91(d)

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