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Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress [Kindle Edition]

Lee Woodruff , Bob Woodruff
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On the heels of her acclaimed book In an Instant, the #1 New York Times bestseller she wrote with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, and with the same candor and charm, Lee Woodruff now chronicles her life as wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Woodruff’s deeply personal and, at times, uproariously funny stories highlight such universal topics as family, marriage, friends, and how life never seems to go as planned. From raising teenagers (“Now with a boy and girl on the precipice of serious adolescence, the bathroom door is sealed tighter than a government nuclear testing ground”) to how she copes with tragedy (“Swimming surrounds me in the velvet wet of a bluish green world where I can dive deep down and sob with no trace”), Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress is the testimonial of a woman who embraces the chaos of her surroundings, discovers the splendor of life’s flaws, and accepts that perfection is as impossible to achieve as a spotless kitchen floor.


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From Publishers Weekly

Following her memoir of healing, coauthored with her husband, Bob Woodruff, an ABC journalist gravely wounded in a bomb attack in Iraq (In an Instant), Lee delivers a collection of 17 brief, plainspoken essays about being a busy mother to four kids and a loving wife, daughter and friend who doesn't always know the right answers. Navigating the adolescence of her two oldest kids, Mark and Cathryn, focuses much of her parenting effort, and where the whole clan was once comfortable with nonchalant nudity, once her son turned into Mr. Hyde and her daughter into an eye-rolling critic, the bathroom door is sealed tighter than a government nuclear testing ground in New Mexico. In the essay A Different Ability, Woodruff writes movingly of first learning about her younger daughter's deafness (Nora and her twin sister were born by surrogate) and how a personal tragedy has been transformed in time to a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Similarly, Lee writes of the sustaining friendship with Melanie, whose own journalist husband died in Iraq, through the initial hours of grief when she learned of Bob's injuries. Lee moves fluently from deep to lighter subjects, such as worrying about her sagging knees or bemoaning her otherwise ideal husband's woeful gift-selecting ability. Self-deprecating and modest, Woodruff is certainly likable, and this collection will broaden her appeal. (Apr.)
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Woodruff, a family life contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America and wife of anchor Bob Woodruff, shares reflections on marriage and life in this engaging solo follow-up to In an Instant (2008), the book she wrote with her husband. She chronicles the everyday life of a woman balancing family and career: wanting to be the most fun mom but exhausted at an “über-intense” theme park with her four children; comparing her children’s adolescence with recollections of her own; examining the contents of a jewelry box that evokes memories; extolling a friendship that sustained through the death of her friend’s husband and the severe injury of her own husband while covering the Iraq War; recalling an impromptu Botox injection while visiting a Dallas television station. Woodruff considers childbirth, a hysterectomy, aging, pets, and awkward gifts in this winning and intimate look at the imperfections of family life. --Vanessa Bush

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  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (April 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026LTNIQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars straight from the hip, straight from the heart April 26, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Perfectly Imperfect is pretty perfect. Lee is utterly honest about herself, which I find incredibly endearing. I laughed myself silly reading the chapter about gift-giving "nothing with a plug, please" as well as while reading "take me out of the ball game!" and "money can't buy me style." And I shed at least a few tears towards the end of the book, in "my dad," "chutes and ladders," and "what I know now." Lee displays a broad range of understanding and empathy for just about every aspect of life, from the mundane to the mysterious, while her love for her family and friends shines through loud and clear.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MEMOIR RELATED WITH GRACE AND GOOD HUMOR May 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Few can forget Lee Woodruff's first memoir, In An Instant, with its candor, courage and humor. It is the story of the enormous struggle facing Lee and her husband, Bob, after he was severely wounded by a bomb in Iraq. Of this tragedy now she is quoted as saying "With the injuries he had, he shouldn't be alive......He shouldn't be able to walk, talk, much less work. So it's a miracle that we see every day."

She celebrates that miracle and more in her second memoir, Perfectly Imperfect, and narrates it as only she could. Her voice is unforgettable to many listeners but with added touches of determination, joy, and hope for this reading. This listener felt that perhaps the determination came in when she discussed the challenges of having "a boy and a girl on the precipice of serious adolescence" in the family.

This likable, remarkable woman has much to share, and all of it is more than worth hearing as she touches on family, marriage, and friends, all with great good grace and often humor.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I loved In an Instant. I picked up this only because I'd enjoyed her other book and was curious how their journey was going. But I almost didn't, because I didn't like the title and the cover photo made it look like it was going to be too Nora Ephronish (I like Nora Ephron but I was looking for more from someone who wrote so touchingly and openly about coping with her husband's severe head injury.)
BTW, i also think the smiley knees chapter was the weakest! despite the fact that the celebrity blurbs on the backcover and the jacket inside flap touted her observation on aging as hilarious... I found them sorta superficial, a little sad, but still, the sort of things I do laugh about with my college girlfriends over wine at our periodic dinners --amusing though and, as the blurbs promised, Erma Bombeckish...and I share her feelings about Amusement Parks and how exhausting it is to watch 4 kids have "the time of their lives."

But I was pleasantly surprised at her ability to remember and write touchingly not only about the ordeal with Bob's injury, but also about life's more common challenges-- the discovery of her father's aging and daughter's disability (deafness) (while Bob was away) and how she coped and helped her daughter by talking clearly, loudly, distinctly, repeating herself, repeating herself. It made me love her. Lee has such insight to coping with Life's curves. It really is an advice book as we find in last chapter that is SPOT ON for people dealing with any sort of grief.

I also found comfort in her descriptions of her daughter's mortification when she was dancing so enthusiastically to 70's music at a party...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MEMOIR RELATED WITH GRACE AND HUMOR January 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
Few can forget Lee Woodruff's first memoir, In An Instant, with its candor, courage and humor. It is the story of the enormous struggle facing Lee and her husband, Bob, after he was severely wounded by a bomb in Iraq. Of this tragedy now she is quoted as saying "With the injuries he had, he shouldn't be alive......He shouldn't be able to walk, talk, much less work. So it's a miracle that we see every day."

She celebrates that miracle and more in her second memoir, Perfectly Imperfect, and narrates it as only she could. Her voice is unforgettable to many listeners but with added touches of determination, joy, and hope for this reading. This listener felt that perhaps the determination came in when she discussed the challenges of having "a boy and a girl on the precipice of serious adolescence" in the family.

This likable, remarkable woman has much to share, and all of it is more than worth hearing as she touches on family, marriage, and friends, all with great good grace and often humor.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read! Wonderful Humor and Strength. June 15, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I can't wait until her next book! Please, please may there be a next book! I purchased her first book, co-written with husband Bob Woodruff, after I read this one (pick that one up too, you won't be disaponted) You will be passing this book on to friends, or telling them to buy it the instant you read the first chapter, highly relatable, intelligent and fun. Few books make me laugh out loud, Perfectly Imperfect had me laughing through-out because of Lee's stories and the fact that they remind you of your own. Get ready for a journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has a journey May 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
I was blessed to hear Lee Woodruff speak at the Women in Law Symposium in Florida which gifted her book. Lee's candor and instinct for knowing what is real and what matters in life comes through in her writing. Reading this book was like sitting and chatting with a girlfriend who has overcome extreme challenges and still can crack a joke to make you laugh. I highly recommend this book to women of all ages because whatever we are facing in our own life, it is an inspiration to know that Lee has made it through all she has and continues to live with enthusiasm. What matters, matters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
A wonderful and fast read - up there with Anna Quinlen and Oprah!
Published 2 months ago by V. Chun
5.0 out of 5 stars ... not read the whole thing but so far so good!
have not read the whole thing but so far so good!
Published 3 months ago by Dave Frandsen
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
I enjoyed her writing. It was not exactly what I had expected, but I did enjoy it. She has led an interesting life.
Published 17 months ago by La Belle Helene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book really hit home and has meant a lot to me to be able to re-read it : - )
Published 21 months ago by Ashley Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars It's me
I read this book for a book club, and one of the questions asked was "Which of the personal stories could you relate to? Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Judie25
4.0 out of 5 stars MC's review
Lee Woodruff writes a great book, a funny, sensitive author, great stories within this easy read, some serious and yet humorous anecdotes..thanks Lee
Published on August 10, 2012 by M. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee captures every emotion in...the book...perfectly
The first story made me laugh so loud that my husband could hear me through his headphones with music blaring. Other stories made me wistful and some made me cry. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by susan dana kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice family read - you'll recognize yours.....
Just some gentle anecdotes about growing up in a close family, but there is a gentle wisdom that Lee imparts about the lessons you can learn from your family experiences. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Kathleen A. Tallmadge
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Life Offers Both Laughter and Tears
Lee Woodruff hasn't had an easy life--it's been a huge juggling act with a journalist husband, four children, one of whom is hearing-impaired, and then as if this weren't enough to... Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by Donna Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
I received this book free from Goodreads to review. Reading it is like visiting with a good friend around coffee and cookies. Mrs. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Lee Woodruff is the coauthor with her husband, Bob Woodruff, of the number one New York Times bestseller In an Instant, the author of the essay collection Perfectly Imperfect and the novel Those We Love Most. She is a contributing editor to CBS This Morning and has written numerous articles on family and parenting for Parade, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, Country Living, and Family Fun. She and Bob founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and their families. Woodruff has four children and lives in Westchester County, New York.

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