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Growing Girls by [Laskas, Jeanne Marie]
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About the Author

Jeannne Marie Laskas is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, a GQ correspondent, and the author of Fifty Acres and a Poodle and the award-winning The Exact Same Moon. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, she also writes the "My Life as a Mom" column for Ladies Home Journal. She lives with her husband and two children at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 22, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZJZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I LOVED GROWING GRILS ITS HILARIOUS, AND FULL OF LOVE AND LIFE, I LOVED THIS AUTHORS OTHER BOOK FIFTY ACRES AND A POODLE. AND THIS ONE IS JUST WONDERFUL LIKE HER OTHER BOOKS. YOU SHOULD READ IT. YOU WILL LOVE IT.
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This was the sort of book that made me want to write the author a thank you note. In fact I really mean(t) to, but in case I don't get around to it (I won't get around to it), I'll just tell you. Definitely five stars.

This is a mom-oir, containing andecdotes from daily life and musings on the nature of love, life, and motherhood. But Laskas nails it. She captures the inanity of life with children in a way that incites unexpected public laughing, but in between these episodes she bares her soul. This is not soul searching honesty, it is direct reporting from the depths of being. Writing about her husband, her pride in his parenting permeates the passage and once can sense grateful awe, both of her husband and of a universe that allows this sort of joy. Awe is not an easy emotion to convey, and Laskas manages it by allowing the reader to stand with her and do the dishes while listening to her husband read to their daughters. This is high art.

Laskas came to motherhood late in life, and her writing on her (eventual) longing for children and the unexpected bounty of motherhood was some of my favorite. Arguments about the necessity of motherhood for women's wellbeing make me nervous, but I too experienced a great need to be a mother and a great satisfaction in becoming one. Laskas hits all these notes without implying that this is a universal experience or that women are somehow incomplete without children. I've been waiting and watching for someone who can walk this middle line, who can describe my experience, and in this book I've found her.

I don't want to understate how funny this book is just because I was so moved by some parts of it. It's get-strange-looks-from-strangers funny.
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The third installment in Jeanne Marie Laskas' life on her farm focusing on the couple's two young girls, both adopted from China. Overall, wonderful to watch the author grow and unfold from a single woman in the first book of the series to a mother of two in the third.
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The way the author talks about the Chinese people in this book is terrible. You have to read it to believe it. She calls them "monsters." Her second child is sad and withdrawn when she meets Ms. Laskas, not happy like she's supposed to be. Ms. Laskas blames the Chinese. "These monsters had done something to our baby" (page 52)

Here's what she says about her girls birthmothers: "What good would it do to keep worrying about her and hating her for what she did?" (page 4)

That's right. Ms. Laskas HATED the woman who gave birth to her daughters. Hated the undoubtedly dirt-poor woman who could not keep her child because of oppressive government regulations and a strong cultural bias for boys. (On the other hand, Ms. Laskas admits it took her "until I was thirty-nine to be ready" but that's OK)

When the orphanage director, Ms. Peng, sends staff members to bring Ms. Laskas her baby, Ms. Laskas is critical indeed. She feels Ms. Peng herself should have done this. "She had something better to do?" she writes.

What arrogance. Yes, Ms. Laskas, there are more important things than your adoption. Perhaps Ms. Peng had sick orphans to care for, or a staff crisis, or a newly arrived child to greet. How self-important, to think there was nothing more important than bringing a baby (a happy baby, of course) to you to meet your needs.
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Laskas writes about adoption and parenting in a way that's honest, poignant, and funny. Whether you have your own children or not (and adopted or not), after reading it, you want to join this family!
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