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Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress Paperback – April 6, 2010
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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