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Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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"Visually captivating, this is an excellent gift book for feminists and other progressives with global perspective."
"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."
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard about this though NPR and purchased it for my Grandmother. She has absolutely fallen in love with it. It is a very special book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Scott Paul
Great pictures and wonderful stories from so many different places around the globePublished 24 months ago by Lynda Tutt
Beautifully photographed, inspiring stories illustrating the compassion and fortitude of caregiving women globally. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Diana Coleman
I have given this book as a gift on several occasions and I definitely will buy it for other friends as a gift in the future. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by patricia engasser
It is humbling to see what other grandmothers are doing. Professional photographer and author, Paola Giantureo's new book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, sends proceeds... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Rick Johnson
Grandmother Power, A Global Phenomenon has just won the International Book Award for Multicultural Non-fiction. Congratulations to Paola for this literary act of humanity.Published on May 25, 2013 by Robert Grudin
I love the entire premise of this book, Grandmothers around the world. Made me want to hit the road and be a photo journalist myself.Published on March 18, 2013 by Amanda Marie Mason
As photographer Paola Gianturco relates in her introduction to Grandmother Power, the idea of activist grandmothers came to her while working in Kenya on her previous book. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Reader of arts and culture