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  1. 4.6 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Navigating Life is an inspiring, piercingly honest user’s guide to life, written for the author’s daughter and given to her on her first day of college, reflecting tough lessons about family, work, and marriage. You learn a few useful things at school—the three Rs come in handy, and it’s good to know how to perform under pressure and wait your turn—but most of what matters, what makes you into a functioning human being, able to hold your own in conversation, find your path, know what to avoid in relationships and secure a meaningful job, no teacher will ever tell you. This diamond-sharp, gut-punchingly honest book of hard-earned wisdom is one mother’s effort to equip her daughter for survival in the real world. Margaux Bergen began writing this book when her daughter Charlotte turned nine and gave it to her right after graduation from high school, when she was setting off for her first day of college. “I am not writing this to groom or guide you to professional or academic success,” she writes. “My goal is rather to give you tools that might help you engage with the world and flourish…Think of this as a kind of developing bath-time wisdom.” Wise, heartbreakingly funny, and resonantly true, Navigating Life has invaluable lessons for students of life of all ages. It will challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity. What The Blessings of a Skinned Knee did for the early years of parenting, Navigating Life does for the next, far more perilous chapter, when new graduates are cast out on the high seas and have to learn to swim and find their way by themselves.

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    Navigating Life

    4.6 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.5 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, “Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives once again and better than ever. You will identify with these tales of guilt and fall in love with them and fierce (grand) Mother Mary.” This seventh volume will not disappoint as it hits the humorous and poignant note that fans have come to expect from the beloved mother-daughter duo.

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  3. 0.1 hrs • 11/24/2015 • Unabridged

    “For Your Information” is an essay from Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?,a collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella—the unstoppable, irreverent mother-daughter team.

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    For Your Information

    0.1 hrs • 11/24/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.8 hrs • 7/8/2014 • Unabridged

    Everyone’s favorite mother-daughter writing duo is back with a new collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. With twenty-something Francesca navigating New York City, Lisa holding down the fort in the suburbs, and Mother Mary making frequent and always entertaining appearances, there are plenty of opportunities for family-induced guilt, fighting, laughter, and love. As Lisa says, “Bottom line, if you’re a mom, you’ll feel guilty all the time, and this is true because you’re a daughter as well, and God only knows how many times you failed your poor mother.” So come along for the ride as Lisa and Francesca continue on the road of life acquiring men and puppies … Ok, to be honest, Lisa is acquiring the puppies, while Francesca is lucky enough to have dates with actual men. They’ll leave it to listeners to decide which is more desirable and/or easier to train.

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  5. 5.4 hrs • 4/9/2013 • Unabridged

    In this beautiful and poignant tribute to her late daughter, award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Carol Burnett presents a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. Despite her busy schedule, Carol Burnett always made time for her three young children. But her oldest daughter, Carrie, faltered in adolescence, losing the self-esteem that had fueled her popularity and success in school and hiding her pain in a downward spiral of addiction. As Carrie became lost to drugs, Carol found herself with a daughter in grave danger and a marriage that was bending under the pressure. Carrie eventually broke free from her addiction. Like her mother, she had a wonderful sense of humor and became a successful actress, singer, and writer, even writing a play about Carol’s childhood. But tragedy struck again when Carrie was diagnosed with cancer. She died at the young age of 38, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, creativity, and joy, along with a short story that mirrors her own journey, published for the first time in this book. In Carrie and Me, Carol Burnett shares her personal diary entries and correspondence, revealing the anguish she felt as a mother of a troubled teenager, the epiphanies that helped her help her family, and the grief, but then the hope, she felt after Carrie’s death. Through Burnett’s inimitable voice, we’re given a portrait of an unforgettable young woman that will bring hope to anyone struggling with raising or losing a child.

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    Carrie and Me

    5.4 hrs • 4/9/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Bestselling Author Harriet Lerner leads you in the most magnificent dance of all: The Mother Dance! Her phenomenally successful audio books have profoundly changed the way we think about anger and intimacy. Now psychologist and mother Harriet Lerner tackles the most emotionally charged, issue of all time: motherhood. In her own candid, and compassionate voice, Dr. Lerner discusses this extraordinary, life-altering experience as no one before her has done. Listen as she explores: –his new life versus your new life –worry guilt, self-blame and other unavoidables of motherhood –how your own childhood influences your parenting –the unexpected feelings motherhood awakens in you -- good and bad –how children change your marriage –how to talk to kids you can't talk to –mothers and daughters -- mothers and sons –and much much more -- from labor pains to empty nest pangs Lerner shares personal stories and vivid case examples that are both hilarious and heart-wrenching. Lerner will guide you on this lifelong journey, whether you're considering having children, currently raising little ones, or are the mother of grown-up children.

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    The Mother Dance

    3.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  7. 12.7 hrs • 2/21/2012 • Unabridged

    Why does talk in families so often go in circles, leaving us tied up in knots? Linguist Deborah Tannen reveals why talking to family members is so often painful and problematic -- even when we're all adults. Searching for signs of acceptance and belonging, we find signs of disapproval and rejection. Why do the seeds of family love so often yield a harvest of criticism and judgment? In I Only Say This Because I Love You, Tannen shows how important it is, in family talk, to learn to separate word meanings, or messages, from heart meanings, or metamessages -- unstated but powerful meanings that come from the history of our relationships and the way things are said. Presenting real conversations from people's lives, Tannen explores what is actually going on in family talk, including how family conversations must balance the longing for connection with the desire for control, as we struggle to be close without giving up our freedom. This eye-opening audiobook explains why grown women so often feel criticized by their mothers -- and why mothers feel they can't open their mouths around their grown daughters, why growing up male or female, or as an older or younger sibling, results in different experiences of family that persist throughout our lives. BY helping us to understand and redefine family talk, Tannen provides the tools to improve relationships with family members of every age.

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    I Only Say This Because I Love You

    12.7 hrs • 2/21/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 14.9 hrs • 11/28/2011 • Unabridged

    The science has been clear since 1994, when adult ADHD was declared a medical diagnosis. Still, the public harbors misconceptions, and that means millions suffer needlessly, including millions of couples who can’t understand why their lives together are so hard—sometimes despite many attempts of therapy. Everyone knows someone with adult ADHD, yet we misattribute the symptoms to anxiety, depression, or even laziness, selfishness, or moodiness. Moreover, we assume ADHD means “little boys with ants in their pants.” In fact, childhood hyperactivity goes “underground” as the person matures, resulting in a mentally restless state. Meticulously researched by award-winning journalist Gina Pera, Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? is a comprehensive guide to recognizing the behaviors where you least expect them (on the road and in the bedroom, for example) and developing compassion for couples wrestling with unrecognized ADHD symptoms. It also offers the latest information from top experts, plenty of real-life details, and easy-to-understand guidelines for finding the best treatment options and practical solutions. The revolutionary message is one of hope for millions of people—and a joyous opportunity for a better life.

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    Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?

    Read by Pam Ward
    14.9 hrs • 11/28/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.0 hrs • 9/30/2011 • Unabridged

    Being a parent is usually all about the giving of yourself to foster your child’s growth and development. But what happens when this isn’t the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder. From the author of Working with the Self-Absorbed and Loving the Self-Absorbed, this major revision of a self-help classic offers a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict and building a meaningful relationship with a narcissistic parent. The second edition of Children of the Self-Absorbed offers clear definitions of narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder to help you identify the extent of your parent’s problem. You’ll learn the different types of destructive narcissism and how to recognize their effects on relationships. With the aid of proven techniques, you’ll discover that you’re not helpless against your parent’s behavior and that you needn’t consider giving up on the relationship. Instead, realistic strategies and steps are suggested for learning to set mutually agreed upon behaviors that can help you fulfill your needs and expectations.

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  10. 10.5 hrs • 9/27/2011 • Unabridged

    When you were a child,did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless?Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you?Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?Were you often frightened of your parents?Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret? Now that you’re an adult,do your parents still treat you as if you were a child?Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money?Do you feel that no matter what you do, it’s never good enough for your parents? In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents—and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

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    Toxic Parents

    By Susan Forward, PhD, with Craig Buck
    10.5 hrs • 9/27/11 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.7 hrs • 8/5/2010 • Unabridged

    There are many books out there to teach you how to handle your children after they graduate from diapers, but none tell you how to proceed once they graduate from high school. As new patterns emerge in the lives of young adults, parents find that their grown children have bigger problems than they did just a few years ago. How to Raise Your Adult Children is a manual for anxious moms and dads. Whether confronting the question of setting a curfew for a college kid at home or paying for a forty-year-old daughter’s wedding, two “been there, done that” moms give advice with an edge on a variety of emotionally and financially perilous situations, includingyour kid needs money—your money;your kid moves back home and stays home;you know your child should not marry his or her significant other; andyour big children keep dumping their little children on you. Combining the wit of Emmy Award–winning writer Gail Parent and the insight of psychotherapist Susan Ende, this book answers questions most parents never imagined they would have to ask.

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    How to Raise Your Adult Children

    9.7 hrs • 8/5/10 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.6 hrs • 11/6/2007 • Unabridged

    Judith Viorst is known and loved by readers of all ages, for children’s books such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, nonfiction titles including the bestseller Necessary Losses, and her collections of humorous poetry. Whatever became of Alexander after that famously bad day? And did you know that Judith Viorst is his mother? And what happens to her passion for household neatness and orderliness, her deep devotion to schedules, her compulsive yearning to offer helpful advice when Alexander—now grown up, married, and the father of three—moves his family into his parents’ house? What happens is controlled, and sometimes not so controlled, chaos, as lives and routines are turned upside down and the house is overrun with scattered toys, pacifiers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pink-sequined flip-flops, jigsaw puzzles, and fishy crackers. With her characteristic sparkle and wit, Viorst relates her efforts to (graciously) share space, to become (if only a little bit) more flexible, to (sort of) keep her opinions to herself, and even to eventually figure out how to unlock the safety locks of the baby’s (expletives deleted) bouncy seat. She describes how she and her husband, while sometimes longing for the former peace and tranquility of unravished rooms and quiet dinners for two unaccompanied by cries of “oh, yuck!” survived and relished the extended visit of the Alexander Five. She also opens our eyes to the joys of multigenerational family living and to the unexpected opportunities to grow that life presents—even under the most unlikely circumstances. Several generations of readers surely will relate to this funny and loving book, enhanced throughout by Laura Gibson’s delightful two-color drawings.

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  13. 2.4 hrs • 11/19/2003 • Abridged

    From the very beginning, you relied on her for things no one else could give you. How she met those needs—or didn’t meet them—affected you daily as a child and still affects you profoundly as an adult.  For every son or daughter who wonders if things should have been different, for every man or woman who wonders if they still couldn’t be, here’s a life-changing look at the mom factor. She shaped you in ways that would surprise you both. No one has influenced the person you are today like your mother. The way she handled your needs as a child has shaped your worldview, your relationships, your marriage, your career, your self-image—your life. How can you identify areas that need reshaping, make positive choices for personal change, and establish a balanced, mature relationship with Mom today?  In The Mom Factor, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend steer you down a path of discovery and growth beyond the effects of six common mothering styles: – The Phantom Mom – The China-Doll Mom – The Controlling Mom – The Trophy Mom – The Still-the-Boss Mom – The American-Express Mom  Cloud and Townsend show you how your mom affected you as a child and may still be affecting you today. You’ll find a hopeful, realistic, and empowering approach to identifying your unmet mothering needs and filling them in healthy, life-changing ways through other people. This encouraging book doesn’t just help you understand areas in your life that need change and strengthening—it helps you apply your discoveries to attain new freedom and joy in living, and an increased ability to give and receive love. The Mom Factor is a biblical, highly practical route to wholeness and growth, deeper and more satisfying bonds with your family, friends, and spouse—and a new, healthier way of relating to your mother today.

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    The Mom Factor

    2.4 hrs • 11/19/03 • Abridged
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  14. 4.3 hrs • 5/1/2001 • Abridged

    Why does talk in families so often go in circles, leaving us tied up in knots? Linguist Deborah Tannen reveals why talking to family members is so often painful and problematic -- even when we're all adults. Searching for signs of acceptance and belonging, we find signs of disapproval and rejection. Why do the seeds of family love so often yield a harvest of criticism and judgment? In I Only Say This Because I Love You, Tannen shows how important it is, in family talk, to learn to separate word meanings, or messages, from heart meanings, or metamessages -- unstated but powerful meanings that come from the history of our relationships and the way things are said. Presenting real conversations from people's lives, Tannen explores what is actually going on in family talk, including how family conversations must balance the longing for connection with the desire for control, as we struggle to be close without giving up our freedom. This eye-opening audiobook explains why grown women so often feel criticized by their mothers -- and why mothers feel they can't open their mouths around their grown daughters, why growing up male or female, or as an older or younger sibling, results in different experiences of family that persist throughout our lives. BY helping us to understand and redefine family talk, Tannen provides the tools to improve relationships with family members of every age.

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    I Only Say This Because I Love You

    4.3 hrs • 5/1/01 • Abridged
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