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Grandmother Power is gorgeous. I can’t wait to start selling this important, irresistible treasure.”
—Elaine Petrocelli, Founder & President, Book Passage

"Visually captivating, this is an excellent gift book for feminists and other progressives with global perspective."
-Publishers Weekly

"Grandmother Power is a beautiful and inspiring book that belongs in all schools, libraries, and on coffee tables across the nation; it would make a treasured gift for all who have a vision for global justice, and especially for those who are grandmothers."
-ForeWord Reviews

About the Author

Paola Gianturco, a grandmother herself, has documented women’s lives in 55 countries. Her work has been exhibited at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters; United Nations’ New York headquarters; Chicago’s Field Museum; San Francisco’s International Museum of Women; and many other venues. powerHouse Books has published Gianturco’s Women Who Light the Dark (2007), ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala (2006), Celebrating Women (2004), and In Her Hands, Craftswomen Changing the World (2004).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876114
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an important book. How often do we hear directly from grandmothers about how they are changing their communities, celebrating and sharing their traditions, making the world a better place for their grandchildren? In fascinating interviews, we hear the words from the mouths of these activist grandmothers around the world. I couldn't decide if I liked their stories best or the context-setting intros to each group and the work they are doing together. And the beautiful photos give you a real picture into the everyday lives of these women. I was so impressed that I asked my local library to get a copy!
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An excellent book featuring colorful vibrant images and stories of grandmothers from 5 continents. The individual stories are powerful, demonstrating the resourcefulness of grandmothers and their strong influence within their families and communities. In many of them, the grandmothers are the lynch-pin holding families together. And there is a joyfulness to the images. I really enjoy looking at the pictures and reading the stories over and over again.
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James Whistler gave us a lovely rendition of the quintissential grandmother of his time, a dignified, stately lady knitting away in her rocking chair. Can you visualize it? Okay, now let's tap into the magic of time travel and summon James Whistler to render the quintissential grandmother of our time. What would he give us? One thing's sure. He wouldn't place her in a rocking chair. He might have her pumping iron, running a 10K, starting a company, helping her kids take care of their kids (or taking care of them herself), and writing a book about what she and her fellow grandmothers were up to. Whistler might title his painting, "Off Her Rocker." Paola Gianturco, a grandmother who has just published a book about the remarkable things that grandmothers the world over are doing with their lives, called her work of art "Grandmother Power, a Global Phenomenon." It's a great read that documents a global good news story of the sort conventional news media tend to ignore. You can bet James Whistler wouldn't, though.
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My sister is in this book, and her picture is on the back cover. She's in a white hat and is on the left of the woman with her mouth wide open. It is a WONDERFUL book and such a great acknowledgement of our grandmothers!! Jane's group is in the San Jose, CA. area.
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"Where are all the old people?"

That's a question I've asked myself almost every time I return from foreign travel. I've usually enjoyed meeting dozens of local people, and it's only later that I realize I've missed an entire segment of a population.

I needn't ask the question any more. Paola Gianturco has created a scrumptious book of glorious photos and stories of old women - grandmothers - who have found their power. Empathic, intelligent and delightfully curious, Gianturco guides readers through five continents and fifteen countries to meet grandmothers, mostly old, all of them activists. The grandmothers suffer from severe illnesses and a population depleted by deaths from AIDs or abandonment of husbands and fathers. Yet despite these endemic economic and social problems in the villages Gianturco invites us to visit, Grandmother Power is alive and well.

We readers discover, along with the author, that the women are not too old to learn about the importance of nutrition, especially for those who have HIV/AIDs. Then, challenged by the expense of maintaining healthy diets, some of them create cooperative farms where they learn even more skills and sell their produce. They find a variety of other ways to earn money, from knitting hats to producing CDs of lullabies. They encourage grandchildren and other young women to live up to the traditional values they believe are good for their culture, and to change traditions that local women believe are harmful.

In Senegal, female genital mutilation is referred to as "cutting" or FGM. A 1999 national law forbidding it brought a significant reduction in the practice, but also shows the limits of social change by fiat.
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I had the honor of meeting Paola after giving a talk at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Her book is very insightful, and ALL royalties (proceeds) go to a nonprofit organization made of grandmothers.

The book talks about how grandmothers all over the world are becoming activists; this is an unheralded movement. It just happens that grandmothers are wanting to leave a good legacy behind - solar energy, a clean environment, safety and more.

Grandmothers in India have learned how to create solar energy to the light the dark.

Grandmothers in the Philippines have spoken out about sexual abuse from Japanese soldiers during WWII.

Grandmothers in Africa feed their grandchildren with proceeds from making crafts.

This is mostly a picture book, so it's quick to look through, some pictures and poignant, and some are frivolous and fun.

Hug and talk to your grandmothers today! Tell them you love them.
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Paola Gianturco never fails to inspire. In every village, whether in a first world country, or 3rd, ther are women making a difference. It is in their dna. By weaving together images of mission-driven women in countries as diverse as Laos, Argentina, the Us, and Israel, and others, into this magnificent book, Paola paints a picture of courage, drive and passion, as well as futuristic optimism. We can only jump on the bandwagon to ensure that our species, and others, survive through this millenium.
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