Monday, May 09, 2016

NEWSHOUR BOOKSHELF - "Becoming Grandma"

"For Lesley Stahl, ‘Becoming Grandma’ was better than she imagined" PBS NewsHour 5/3/2016


SUMMARY:  You can’t know how amazing it feels to be a grandmother until it happens to you, says Lesley Stahl, longtime 60 Minutes correspondent and author of a new book, "Becoming Grandma."  With her personal transformation, she began to investigate her own feelings and the vital role of grandparents today.  Stahl joins Judy Woodruff to share her experience.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Now the latest addition to the "NewsHour Bookshelf."

It’s a very personal look at the changing role of grandparents and comes from longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, who has full-heartedly embraced the job in her new book, “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting.”

I talked with her recently.

Welcome, Lesley Stahl.

LESLEY STAHL, Author, “Becoming Grandma”:  Thank you, Judy Woodruff.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  So, we have known each other going back to being White House reporters under…

LESLEY STAHL:  The beginning of time, Judy.


JUDY WOODRUFF:  The beginning of time; President Carter, President Reagan.

You are showing a side of yourself that people don’t see on “60 Minutes” here.

LESLEY STAHL:  Well, that’s true.  I don’t go around saying, I’m a grandmother, although I feel it.  I feel it.  I want to tell everybody.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  I will be honest right up front, I have serious grandmother envy.  I’m dying to have grandchildren.  Is it really as great as you make it out to be?

LESLEY STAHL:  It’s twice as great as I make it out to be.

It’s — it’s an extraordinary new chapter that opens up suddenly, and no matter how many people tell you it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you, it’s — you don’t — you don’t understand what they mean until it happens to you, because it’s so full, body-full.

It just takes you over in such an elation way, elated way, that you just can’t believe this new kind of emotion that you have never felt before.

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