By Joseph O'Neill

From the bestselling and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning writer of Netherland, a desirable, own, and fantastically crafted kin history.

Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers--one Turkish, one Irish--were either imprisoned for suspected subversion in the course of the moment international conflict. The Irish grandfather, a good-looking rogue from a kinfolk of small farmers, used to be an lively member of the IRA. O'Neill's different grandfather, a debonair hotelier from the tiny and threatened Turkish Christian minority, used to be interned through the British in Palestine on suspicion of being an Axis spy.

With mind, compassion, and beauty, O'Neill units the tales of those participants opposed to the heritage of the final century's such a lot inhuman occasions.

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He argued that childhood—“its games, its pleasures, its amiable instinct”—should be cherished for itself rather than exploited as the means to an end; that children were born pure, spontaneous, and joyful and should therefore be left to learn and create at their own pace. Fired by this Romantic ideal, artists like Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough began painting children as little angels at play, while writers like William Wordsworth and Johann Wolfgang Goethe exalted the child as a quasi-divine creature possessed of a special bond with nature.

Expect is the key word. In this competitive, consumer culture, everything connected to childhood is subject to spiraling expectations. ” If we can have perfect teeth, the perfect house, and the perfect holiday, then why not a perfect child? Parenting manuals have a long history, but they took on a more prescriptive tone in the nineteenth century, with a new breed of bossy experts issuing commandments on feeding times, toilet training, bathing techniques, and sleep patterns. Today, the belief that parenting is a skill to teach, practice, and perfect sustains a global army of pundits who lay down the law through magazines, books, courses, Web sites, radio phone-ins, and television shows.

Thorpe found writings from scores of moms caught in the same rut—and many who dug themselves out by forging their own path. The message she took away was that mothering comes in all shapes and sizes, and that trying to follow someone else’s rules or timetable can make it tedious and frustrating, and ultimately crowd out the most fascinating and rewarding part of being a parent: getting to know your own child. In other words, you don’t have to rush off to that baby yoga lesson or spend hours making the house look like a photo spread in World of Interiors.

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