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Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventy-something Surrogate Mother
Unplanned Parenthood The Confessions of a Seventy-something Surrogate Mother Author:Liz Carpenter Liz Carpenter has been a speech writer, a press secretary, a lecturer, and a well-known Texas character, but nothing prepared her for being a mother the second time around (. — "On his deathbed three years ago, the man she calls 'my soul mate' asked her to take care of his children (.So she opened her Austin home with its chintz-covered couches, ... more »and in flopped three teenagers....On the Mount Rushmore of child-rearing--Benjamin Spock, T. Berry Brazelton, Penelope Leach--a fourth face has been etched: Liz Carpenter's."
--The Dallas Morning News
"I wish Liz Carpenter would adopt me. This book tells why."
"Carpenter's how-to on raising somebody else's kids is a frequently hilarious, often-poignant, engagingly homespun road map of inter-generational side trips into unexplored territory where older Americans might once have feared to roam....Not merely did they put her through every torture (but they did it to her at an age when she should have been sitting back with her feet up, sipping a glass of wine and doing the crossword puzzle."
--The Washington Post
"I found the book both moving and wise. Hell, it made me cry. Yeah, sure Liz is funny. Liz is always funny. But Liz is not always funny, moving, and wise. That is why this book is a good value for the money."
"An engaging, if wry, account of her surrogate motherhood--and the undisciplined, confused children she took into her home (.Her stamina is amazing. But her charges had to make adjustments, too. She is quick to acknowledge they brought her a completely new perspective on life, liberty and the pursuit of understanding."
--Detroit Free Press
"It's funny! It's right on target for the nineties! Liz Carpenter, Texas's favorite earth mother, inherits three teenagers and rolls it into a hilarious saga of what it is like to raise 'em at age seventy-three."