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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595240275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595240272
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally Wendkos Olds has written extensively about child development, family life, human relationships, and health, and has won national awards for her book and magazine writing. She is the author or coauthor of ten books and more than 200 articles that have appeared in major national magazines.Her first book, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, first published in 1972, has been revised twice, most recently in 1999 for its third edition, and is now a classic in the field, having sold almost two million copies. Her college textbooks A Child's World and Human Development (co-authored with Diane E. Papalia, Ph.D.) are leading texts in child development and lifespan development, and are revised every three years. More than two million college students have read one of these books. She is also the author of The Working Parents' Survival Guide, first published in 1983 and revised in 1989 and 2000 (2000 edition available from iUniverse); and of The Eternal Garden: Seasons of Our Sexuality, 1985. All have been widely and favorably reviewed.Ms. Olds appears often on radio and television and regularly speaks to diverse groups. She has made six trips to Nepal, and has spoken about them to numerous enthusiastic audiences. For more information, see www.sallywendkosolds.com.Margaret Roche has traveled to Nepal 12 times. Always carrying her sketch book, she draws and paints the people she meets along the way as she treks through the hills and villages in the Himalayan Mountains. Later, back in her studio, she works some of the drawings into limited edition intaglio etchings. She has had many exhibits of her drawings and etchings and is represented in private collections here and abroad.

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In a sense, my professional life has come full circle. In college I started out majoring in psychology, then changed my major and graduated with a degree in English. I combined these two major interests by writing eleven books and hundreds of articles about people and how they and their relationships develop.

I wrote my first book, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING, after having nursed all three of my daughters. I knew that if mothers knew more about breastfeeding, more of them would choose it and more would enjoy it. The new revised and updated fourth edition of this book, written in consultation with pediatrician Laura M. Marks, M.D., was published by Workman in 2010. This book has become a classic and, as many moms have told me, a "bible" at a crucial time in their lives. It helped to turn around the steady decline of breastfeeding in this country, and now I love hearing from women getting help from the newest edition of the book, whose mothers read the first edition.

Now that I'm a grandmother (of 5 wonderful people, all of whom -- of course -- were breastfed), I've been reaching out to other grandmothers, and with their help have written SUPER GRANNY: GREAT STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR GRANDKIDS, which offers more than 75 ways to connect with our grandchildren. The book tells stories about what real granny-grandkid pairs do together, and offers suggestions for readers (not just grandmas) who want to do the same kind of thing with children.

THE ETERNAL GARDEN: SEASONS OF OUR SEXUALITY was sparked by my interest in sexual issues during breastfeeding, such as how a woman's feelings about her body affect her ability to nurse, how breastfeeding affects sex with her partner, and the importance of infants' need for touching. In GARDEN I went on to interview 100 people ages 20 to 83 and to explore sexual issues throughout life, from infancy into old age, for both men and women. My sensitivity to turning points in sexual development was sharpened by my work on two college textbooks, A CHILD'S WORLD: FROM INFANCY TO ADOLESCENCE and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, both of which I coauthored with Diane E. Papalia, Ph.D.

I believe that all parents are working parents; that parents working outside the home need special support; that mothers' well-being is crucial to children's welfare; and that the family is the best institution in the world and the one for which we are least prepared. These beliefs led to THE WORKING PARENTS' SURVIVAL GUIDE.

All the topics I have been writing about -- child development, family life, human relationships, health, and travel -- came together in A BALCONY IN NEPAL: GLIMPSES OF A HIMALAYAN VILLAGE, about the people and way of life I came to know in seven trips to Nepal.

Meanwhile, I married and raised three children to adulthood -- and kept my sense of humor! Besides my thrills when parents or kids tell me that they were helped by my writing or speaking or just understanding, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and enjoying the rich cultural joys that New York City has to offer. Of course, I have taken time out to go trekking in Nepal, to run the New York City marathon, and to go bungy jumping in New Zealand.

I have been asked whether I made up composite portraits to illustrate the points made in my books and articles. My answer: An emphatic 'No.' I feel strongly that anything presented as nonfiction should be true and not owe anything to the writer's imagination. The nonfiction writer can remember truth in various ways, can interpret it in countless ways, but always holds the facts as inviolate. The nonfiction writer presents a view of the world as it is; the novelist, as it might be, could be, maybe ought to be. Real people continue to fascinate me, and I write within the parameters of the truth, what I call 'the romance of reality.'

To get to know me better, go to my website: www.sallywendkosolds.com and my blog, http://omasally.blogspot.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
For any Westerner traveling to Nepal, this is a must read. Ms. Olds has the usual beautiful travelogue descriptions, but she adds the critical insights that can only come from repeated visits to this unusual country. The illustrations by Ms. Roche of the country and the Badel villagers add another layer of beauty for readers of this wonderful book. Be sure to buy this book and read it on the long plane ride over. And if you are not lucky enough to make the trip, read the book and you'll feel like you did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. King on November 20, 2002
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Sally Olds and Marge Roche in A Balcony in Nepal conjure a small Nepali Rai village with the magic of an open heart and appreciative senses. The warm people for whom a library is planned and built are drawn by Marge and brought to life by Sally. Both travellers are welcomed into the daily lives of the families in Badel and both travellers bring the Nepalese people into our daily lives. We read about this trek into Sally's expanded consciousness with relish and respect, and come to love the simple village people and admire their hard lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2002
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The author, Sally Wendkos Olds, has brought experience and talent to use in telling of her experiences in a remote village. Marge Roche's illustrations enhance the story and stand alone as beautiful works. I highly recommend this book to any who would like to experience a very different way of life. Beautiful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Horn on December 9, 2002
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There's more to Nepal than climbing, trekking or the teeming streets of Kathmandu. Through thoughtful writing and lively drawings, Sally Olds and Marge Roche invite us to share their involvement in the life of a remote Rai village. We learn about joyous festivals, meet fascinating people and become part of the struggle to live daily life without the amenities we consider necessary. The freindships they make stir our imagination. And by recording their thoughts and reactions to what they've seen, they raise interesting questions on the effect tourists are having on the village and Nepal itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2002
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Visitors to Nepal are frequently young trekkers. A Balcony in Nepal gives us a heartwarming, compassionate view of village and homelife through the eyes of two older women. They describe the unique beauty of the mountains and the people with whom they have interacted in repeated visits to the village of Badel in words and sketches that will remain with you. It is a very touching personal account that goes far beyond most travel books.
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