BEEN THERE, DONE THAT by Al Roker

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

Family Wisdom for Modern Times
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Well-known journalists Roker (The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900, 2015, etc.) and Roberts team up to bring readers an intimate look into their family life.

Using anecdotal stories of their childhoods growing up in the segregated South, the couple explains how their own formative years have influenced their decisions about how to raise their children. Faith and family values are strongly represented as the authors discuss the pros and cons of juggling children and full-time, high-powered jobs. "Every day we strive to take the wisdom that our parents passed on to us and integrate their knowledge and experience with what we've learned in our own lives,” they write. “As a result, we've been able to share their legacy with our children, instilling their values and ours, as we face the daily challenges of being mom and dad, husband and wife, and chief cooks and bottle washers." Both authors take pride in their work, with Roker expounding on one of the most important moments in his career—witnessing the swearing in of President Barack Obama—while Roberts talks about the difficult decision she had to make in choosing family life over a coveted career move. The authors share their love for one another, often defined by little gestures, as well as some of the grievances or aggravations they sometimes feel toward one another, which allows readers to realize that this couple is just as normal as any other. Though some readers may tire of the alternating perspectives, most will gain a solid understanding of what it means to be a modern family in America, balancing the inherent difficulties and pitfalls of the technological age with the necessity of preserving deep, heartfelt core values.

Sincere stories of life as working parents who value family above all else.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-451-46636-5
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: NAL
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015




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