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Three Page-Turners…from Pamela Druckerman

Pamela Druckerman talks with WABE about America's motherhood crisis, a surprising family connection to the First World War, and the art of wearing loafers without socks.
Pamela Druckerman talks with WABE about America's motherhood crisis, a surprising family connection to the First World War, and the art of wearing loafers without socks.
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Do the French know something Americans don’t, when it comes to parenting?

That’s the question behind Pamela Druckerman’s 2012 bestseller Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

The book got its start when Druckerman, a New York transplant who’d moved to Paris with her husband, started raising her kids there. She couldn’t help but notice that French children—and by extension, their parents—seemed calmer, happier, and better-behaved.

The resulting memoir/cultural study/advice book set off a storm of conversation here in the States. That conversation is sure to continue tonight at 7:00 pm at the Margaret Mitchell House, where Druckerman is speaking.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney sat down with Pamela Druckerman to talk about three of her favorite books—an eclectic mix highlighting American parenting gone bananas, World War One, and the delicate art of exuding Perfect Prep.

Broadcast version of story that aired Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Three Short Web Bonuses

1. Pamela Druckerman on her very favorite tip from The Official Preppy Handbook, and what makes satire work (hint: it’s not the “haha” humor).  Pamela Druckerman Page-Turners Web Bonus #1

2. Is it possible to escape the “extreme parenting” trap?Pamela Druckerman Page-Turners Web Bonus #2

3. What Druckerman’s third selection can tell us about World War I, a time she says is often lost in the historical shuffle—at least on this side of the pond.Pamela Druckerman Page-Turners Web Bonus #3

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