The book is just that – a series of stories written by the author for the sake of her grandchildren, so that they can learn something about her life and know more about there than just the perusal relationship that they have. But it’s such a cool series of stories, I think that nearly everyone would enjoy her stories.
Author Margaret Henderson, born in the 1930’s, is the ultimate adventure girl. She began her life of adventures working as an au pair in France, and goes on to work with the WIDF (Women’s International Democratic Foundation) during the 50’s, when she spends significant time behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin, and later travels Russia to visit and spent some time working in China. Along the way, she meets amazing people – from her co-workers, who come from many countries and cultures, to several very famous individuals. She even manages to get her picture taken with the Prime Minister of China as a young woman, and find her way home via unreliable busses, hired cars, and a bit of hiking through the African bush later in life.
Mrs. Henderson gives us an amazing overview of the Eastern Hemisphere as she shares anecdotes from her experiences in Europe, Asia, and Africa over the course of her life. It’s so interesting to read her perspective sometimes as an outsider, sometimes as a young person, sometimes as a young parent, or from her middle age. A big bonus is that, at the end of each chapter, she lists names and terms to research on line to learn more details about people she knew, and one chapter even features a link to a YouTube video.
The last chapters are really intriguing, because, instead of being from the latter experiences in her life, they talk about her parents, teachers, and her formative years. I found it a really interesting way to close out all of her fascinating stories.
Homeschool mamas: Be forewarned. There is one incident of profanity in this book. It takes place at the end of the chapter “Pippa,” and is a direct quote from another person. The comment was unexpected (both in reading the book and, I suspect, real life). I believe the author included it for the sake of clarity and to keep the anecdote honest. I’m just letting you know. If you want to check it out, it’s at location 1135 in the Kindle version, but I suggest you read the entire chapter for context before reading that one sentence at the end.
Granny’s Stories is available on Amazon in paperback, hardback, and Kindle formats.