Eight Is Enough
by Tom Braden
Publisher: Random House
Book Club Edition
Eight Is Enough is the funny, moving account of a father's life with his eight children. Tom Braden is a syndicated Washington columnist, a man with a fascinating career and an often glamorous social life. But as he points out, his real job in life as "father" and, in the modern world, that is no easy task.
How, for example, do you cope with your youngest daughter's sheep who manages to sit under the dining room table at the feet of a Supreme Court Justice during dinner? How do you travel with eight children? Or order food in a restaurant? What do you do when your sons leaves college in favor of another life which you cannot understand? What about the beautiful daughter whose relationship with her boyfriend is very different from the old-fashioned bridal situation you had dreamed of for her?
In passages which will sound bells of sympathy, Tom Braden describes the conflict between the lifestyles and values of his generation and that of his children. He tells of teenage friends of his children who take over his house, drink his liquor and eat his food, but do not think of rising when an adult enters the room.
The book is filled with wonderful anecdotes about this huge and active family; about their well-known friends; about the role Braden's wife, Joan, plays in gracefully managing; about the affection and pride that bind people together despite the problems.
Eight Is Enough is, finally, a book that is a celebration of the family, a celebration that encompasses both the warmth and the ironies of that persistent institution.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover is lightly discolored from age and shows shelf wear. Dust cover spine is darkened. There's a small tear in the edge of the front dust cover. Pages are tanning from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.
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