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 letter from a grateful mother whose husband was deployed a dozen times.
… and other things my grandma taught me.
Whales need grandmas, too, it turns out.
A story of anguish and love.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.
What if you’re an ocean apart from your grandkids?
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
These books aren’t just stunningly written and illustrated. They also get the new American family.
A reader in Missouri describes a transcendent moment with her grandson.
My grandfather must have liked this one.
“We’d make tiny boats of walnut shells, line them with moss, and float them down the streams, where we were sure the fairies would climb aboard.”
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.