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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The perfect gift for new parents and grandparents this Mother’s Day: a bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and #1 bestselling author“This tender book should be required reading for grandparents everywhere.”—Booklist (starred review)“I am changing his diaper, he is kicking and complaining, his exhausted father has gone to the kitchen for a glass of water, his exhausted mother is prone on the couch. He weighs little more than a large sack of flour and yet he has laid waste to the living room: swaddles on the chair, a nursing pillow on the sofa, a car seat, a stroller. No one cares about order, he is our order, we revolve around him. And as I try to get in the creases of his thighs with a wipe, I look at his, let’s be honest, largely formless face and unfocused eyes and fall in love with him. Look at him and think, well, that’s taken care of, I will do anything for you as long as we both shall live, world without end, amen.” Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.” Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: “Did they ask you?” Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen’s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.Praise for Nanaville“Witty and thoughtful . . . Nanaville serves up enough vivid anecdotes and fresh insights—about childhood, about parenthood, about grandparenthood and about life—to make for a gratifying read.”—The New York Times“Classic, bittersweet Quindlen . . . [Her] wonder at seeing her eldest child grow into his new role is lovely and moving. . . . The best parts of Nanaville are the charming vignettes of Quindlen's solo time with her grandson.”—NPR

Customers Reviews

A must read for every Nana

5.0 out of 5.0 by Sally Abrams on April 24, 2019
I seldom write reviews here, but this time I could not resist. I cannot recall the last time I read a book that had me gasp with recognition again and again. Quindlen captures perfectly the transcendent love of grandchildren, the joy of watching your own children parent, and the careful calibration this new role requires. She is able to zoom in on the wonder of her first grandchild, while also zooming out to see him--and herself-- as part of a family chain that stretches forward and backward. My heart is full of Quindlen's literary arrows that hit their marks.
In essence Quindlen wrote a love letter/memoir to her grandchild Arthur

5.0 out of 5.0 by Lucille M. Zimmerman on May 20, 2019
In essence Quindlen wrote a love letter/memoir to her grandchild Arthur. It's also a love letter to her grown son and his Asian-born wife.It is tender, funny, and full of advice for grandparents.I was touched by the way Quindlen handled the delicate balance between loving, spoiling, and getting a do-over from all the mistakes we made as parents vs. overstepping our bounds and knowing our rightful place in the family constellation.One thing I've learned as a psychotherapist is this: parenthood does make people happy, but much of that happiness gets neutralized by the day to day stress of raising a human being. However, most people get happier and happier with each decade of life, and that happiness skyrockets for those of us who get to be grandparents!We have a new perspective, we get to slow down, and just be in the moment with these tiny people. As "Gwammy" to three year old Rosalie (and a little boy coming in October) I echo the tender feelings Ms. Quindlen put into words.Here are a few quotes:“Because I’m learning that being a grandmother is not about the things you have to do. It’s about the things you want to do. The fact is that motherhood is mainly about requirements.”“Some people measure their success by the profession their children have chosen, by the purchase of a house, by how often they visit or call. But the only measurement, truly, is something that’s quite subjective: have you raised good people?”“It's a complicated relationship, being a good grandparent, because it hinges on a series of other relationships... Because being a grandparent is determined by the relationship your child has with you, partly determined by the one a son or daughter has with his or her spouse, partly determined by the relationship you have with the person your child has chosen to have a child with.”“Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells 'Nana!’ in the same way some people might say 'ice cream' and others might say 'Shoe Sale!' No one else has sounded this happy to see me in many, many years.”"All I know is: The hand. The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers. I'm happy our grandson does not yet have a sophisticated language or a working knowledge of personal finance, because if he took my hand and said, 'Nana, could you sign your 401(k) over to me?' I can imagine myself thinking, well, I don't really need a retirement fund, do I?"
Love Your Grandchild and Keep Your Mouth Shut

5.0 out of 5.0 by prisrob on April 23, 2019
The first time I heard I was going to be a grandmother, I was ecstatic. I had no idea what life would be like as a new “Grammy”, but I was excited. Like Anna Quindlen, in her new book, Nanaville, this new grandchild was to become one of the great loves of my life. And each succeeding grandchild was loved as much as the first. The two Commandments Of Nanahood according to Quindlen is to Love your grandchild and keep your mouth shut.Anna Quindlen sets the tone for life as a nana or Grammy or whatever name you and your family have chosen. Her son Quin and daughter-in-law, Lynn, are the perfect parents, and Anna and her husband wanted to be the best grandparents. I knew from the experience of others that I did not want to become the interfering grandmother. I followed the lead of my children. Whatever they wanted, I followed. If they wanted my advice I waited for them to ask.Yes, Anna is correct, “Did they ask you?” She found out, she was no longer the leader, the center of attention, the new parents and that precious child were in charge. The parents had done their homework, they had talked with each other about the rearing of their child. What fun to watch my son become this wonderful parent. How proud I was of him and his wife. Content to sit and hold the baby, burp after feeding. Feeding the first bit of applesauce into that Cupid’s mouth. Anna knows, these grandchildren can do-no wrong.Becoming a grandparent is a great responsibility. My eldest is now 15, and we have a wonderful relationship. Reading books as a baby, sending cards weekly when I could not visit. Anna gives us the lay of the land of this new role in life. Anna gives us insights into the fun and funny parts of grandparenthood. The difficulty of car seats, the language issue. Her grandson, Arthur, is half Chinese, and speaks Mandarin interspersed with English. As Anna says, getting down on the floor and making noises and playing peek a boo and games is what we do. Every adult lives to hear that wonderful child laugh and laugh or smile like you are the only one in the room. Her best advice is “… I’m learning that being a grandmother is not about the things you have to do. It’s about the things you want to do.”Wonderfully written book, personification of Anna Quindlen. Humor, advice, love and that new baby on the way. Welcome to Nanaville.Recommended. prisrob 04-23-19
Wish I had read this before our first grandchild was born

5.0 out of 5.0 by Marinnes on May 21, 2019
This is a very helpful look at the complicated role of today’s grandmother. If you think you might face or are in an uneasy relationship with your daughter in law or son in law, this can be a very helpful book. It explains that you are not alone and you must remember that your wonderful grandchild is their baby/child and that they, not you, get to choose how to raise him or her. Step back and use all of your willpower not to offer your opinion unless they ask for it. A well intentioned comment can sometimes be misinterpreted as a criticism by an insecure new parent. Being a grandmother is such a wonderful relationship that can be knocked off track.
Right book at the right time-my grandaughter is 4 months old

5.0 out of 5.0 by MichiganLady312 on May 17, 2019
I loved this book. Every page had something that made me smile, cry or just say "Yes, that's me!". This book came at exactly the right moment in my life. The humorous, self-deprecating writing style was very inviting-the author shared both the joys and challenges of new grand-parenthood. I think the right time to read this is just at the moment that you embark on grandparenting-too soon, and it would be less relatable; too late, and it would no longer resonate.So, thanks go out to Anna Quindlen, for articulating so well what I have been trying to express. This is the book my heart would have written.