The perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Jo’s mother, Babe, liked to drink, dance, and stay up very late. When the husband she adored went on sales calls, she waited for him in the parking lot, embroidering pillowcases. Jo grew up thinking that the last thing she wanted was to be like her mother. Then it dawned on her that her own happiness was derived in large part from lessons Babe had taught her. Her mother might have had tomato aspic and stewed rhubarb in her fridge, while Jo had organic kale and almond milk in hers, but in more important ways they were much closer in spirit than Jo had once thought.
At a turbulent time in America, Never Sit If You Can Dance offers uplifting lessons in old-fashioned civility that will ring true with mothers, daughters, and their families. Told with lighthearted good humor, it’s a charming tale of the way things used to beand probably still should be.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and former TV reporter. As a special correspondent, she was part of the Peabody Award–winning team at Marketplace , the most popular business program in America. At Marketplace she won an EMMA for Exceptional Radio Story from the National Women’s Political Caucus and a GRACIE from the Foundation of American Women in Radio. She has contributed to Ira Glass’s This American Life. The author of A Woman’s Path and The Good Food Compendium, Giese has written for scores of publications, including The New York Times , the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, LA Weekly, European Travel & Life, BARK, Montana Outdoors , and The Malibu Times. She lives in Southern California and Bozeman, Montana, with her husband, Ed Warren.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1 Never Sit If You Can Dance 13
Lesson 2 Maybe We All Need Someone Waiting for Us in the Parking Lot 26
Lesson 3 Never Show Up Empty-Handed 34
Lesson 4 Thank-You Notes Are Never Too Plentiful 38
Lesson 5 Make the Best of It 45
Lesson 6 Sharing Fun Is the Whole Thing 52
Lesson 7 The Happiness of Giving and Receiving Flowers 56
Lesson 8 The Good Goodbye 60
Lesson 9 People Don't Like to Be Around Depressed People 67
Lesson 10 Don't Be Drab 72
Lesson 11 Never Leave a Compliment Unsaid 82
Lesson 12 Go! While You Can 94
Lesson 13 Sometimes Life Begins Again at Ninety-Five 105
The Last Lesson 119