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As Good As I Could Be: A Memoir About Raising Wonderful Children In Difficult Times
Having children transforms us -- by the amazing power of our love for them and theirs for us, by the anger they are able to evoke in us, and because in order to be good parents to our children, we must admit we are no longer children ourselves. In "As Good as I Could Be," bestselling author Susan Cheever describes that transformation in passionate, compelling, moving prose ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published May 9th 2001 by Simon & Schuster
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She lost me here -- after her daughter pursued an interest in witchcraft and her daughter "found a store on the West Side devoted to various kinds of witchcraft, and she began to hang out there in her spare time. She saved up her allowance for a cauldron." Okay. But Cheever's response, "Was I worried? Maybe I had so much else to worry about in those years that I wasn't paying attention, or maybe I had become a more tolerant woman." I wanted to understand, until this comment. If my kid is buying ...more
Dec 08, 2007 Molly rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: the happily self-absorbed
Different than many “my life as a parent” books because it doesn't have the humor. I prefer humor. It does have one particularly good quote “To say that having a baby changes your life is a great, great understatement. Having a baby explodes your life and you may or may not be able to find your old self among the pieces.”