Becoming Grandma - Lesley Stahl

Becoming Grandma

By Lesley Stahl

  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Parenting
Score: 3.5
From 44 Ratings


The New York Times Bestseller

From one of the country’s most recognizable journalists: How becoming a grandmother transforms a woman’s life.

After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to “investigate” it—as though it were a news flash. And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explored how grandmothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer (and grandfathers, including Tom Brokaw), as well as the proverbial woman next door.

Along with these personal accounts, Stahl speaks with scientists and doctors about physiological changes that occur in women when they have grandchildren; anthropologists about why there are grandmothers, in evolutionary terms; and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.

Throughout Becoming Grandma, Stahl shares stories about her own life with granddaughters Jordan and Chloe, about how her relationship with her daughter, Taylor, has changed, and about how being a grandfather has affected her husband, Aaron.

In an era when baby boomers are becoming grandparents in droves and when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children, Stahl’s book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship.


  • Don’t bother

    By Baroque music lover
    If you’re a grandparent, you know all this already. If you’re not a grandparent, it offers very little of substance.
  • Becoming Grandma

    By Andrea RN
    Good read.
  • Love this book!

    By Jeano55
    A must read for all grandparents! This book made me laugh and cry! So well written from all view points. Lesley writes with the loving heart of a grandmother and educates with her expertise as a reporter and journalist. I recommended this to all of my friends after finishing the first chapter! As the "Mimi" of 9 for more than 22 years, I learned about myself, my relationships with my children, grandkids, exes and extended family. Thank you Lesley!
  • Becoming Grandma Review

    By Gramma Mb
    I just finished Leslie Stahl's new book and was captivated by her personal stories and her thorough research of the subject. I recently had my first grandchild and appreciate her advice and humor. As the parent of a son, I knew I would need to sit back and wait my turn but had no idea how difficult it could be. Every potential grandparent should read this wonderful book.