Until he was eight, Gabriel García Márquez was raised by his maternal grandparents and a bevy of aunts and servants in Aracataca, Colombia, a small town near the Caribbean Sea that he fictionalized in his most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. “I cannot imagine a family environment more favorable to my vocation than that lunatic house,” he later wrote.
Celebrated chef Jacques Pépin and his granddaughter, Shorey, have created a video series and a cookbook together.
Ask your grandparents questions about themselves before it’s too late, urges novelist Michael Chabon.
You’ll need some olive oil, a good butcher, and this recipe for Neapolitan ragù.
A poem about grandmothers by Lucille Clifton (1936-2010).
The legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead was homeschooled for most of her childhood by her grandmother, an iconoclast who rejected rote instruction as “stultifying” and emphasized learning by doing instead.
Stanley and Madelyn Dunham didn’t know many black people until their daughter fell in love with a college classmate from Africa.
It’s not important that children know about nature, Rachel Carson believed; what matters is that they delight in it. But they won’t unless they’re shown the way, she warned.
A virtuoso celebrates his grandpa.
A new book profiles more than 50 black women who suffered brutal discrimination as children but survived to make a better life—and a better world—for their heirs.
Isabel Allende, a novelist with millions of readers around the world, says her grandparents shaped both her character and her career.
A.J. Jacobs, a journalist and bestselling author, thinks he can build a family tree for all of humanity. Here’s what he told me about his project, his grandparents, and his most famous ancestor.
A story of anguish and love.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
Here’s a beautiful account of the very beginning of grandmotherhood by Lois Wyse, an author and advertising executive who died in 2007 at age 80.
Instead of just spoiling their grandchildren, many grandmothers now make significant contributions to their daily care, says Madonna Harrington Meyer, a sociologist at Syracuse.
When he’s not writing some of the best humor and journalism of our time, Trillin spends a lot of time grandparenting.