Aunties: Our Older, Cooler, Wiser Friends

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Many of us grew up in the company of a beloved aunt, a woman who loved us unconditionally and by choice. To create this book Tamara Traeder and Julienne Bennett interviewed scores of aunties, nieces, and god-children - examining the richness of aunt-child relationships and the aunt's unique gifts to the child.

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Related by blood or by choice, aunties are women who offer jolts of love and companionship, a listening ear, a big heart, splashes of humor and insight, and an entirely different way of viewing the world than that presented by parents. In Aunties, Tamara Traeder, the coauthor of Girlfriends, and Julienne Bennett dish up engaging stories of women who fit the bill and remembrances from their "nieces" young and old. An auntie may provide sanctuary, help celebrate a rite of passage, or point the way to the path less traveled. "You know, when she gets to be 16, she is going to run away from home," the mother of a 5-year-old tells her sister. "Anything I can do now to make sure she runs to your house, I really want to do." Eliza's aunts sewed her into a prom dress that lacked a zipper--possibly to ensure that she didn't wriggle out of it--then returned the next morning to clip their careful stitches and hear her news. Rhett, born in a small Southern American town that "no one ever left," remembers getting tantalizing gifts from an auntie who moved to the epicenter of cool in California just as the 1960s were heating up. Years later, Rhett moved there, too, and now mails her own trail of cookie crumbs to nieces being raised by far more conservative parents. An essentially sweet, lighthearted book, Aunties confers dignity on the meaningful role a caring woman can play in a child's life. --Francesca Coltrera

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Tamara Traeder is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has coauthored or edited eight books, including The BFF Girlfriends Guide and Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties. She lives in St. Helena, California. Julienne Bennett is the author of Where the Heart Is: A Celebration of Home.

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