Title: Navigating Life Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me
Author: Margaux Bergen
Publisher: Penguin Press
You learn a few useful things at school–the three Rs come in handy, and it’s good to know how to perform under pressure and wait your turn–but most of what matters, what makes you into a functioning human being, able to hold your own in conversation, find your path, know what to avoid in relationships and secure a meaningful job, no teacher will ever tell you.This diamond-sharp, gut-punchingly honest book of hard-earned wisdom is one mother’s effort to equip her daughter for survival in the real world.
Wise, heartbreakingly funny, and resonantly true, Navigating Life has invaluable lessons for students of life of all ages. It will challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity. What The Blessings of a Skinned Knee did for the early years of parenting, Navigating Life does for the next, far more perilous chapter, when new graduates are cast out on the high seas and have to learn to swim and find their way by themselves.
About the Author:
Born in Paris and raised in London, educated at Edinburgh University and living in Washington D.C., Margaux Bergen is the mother of three Millennials. She has worked in international development and women’s leadership. And is still learning the extreme sports of raising three children.
The author wrote this book for her daughter when she was going to university. It was written around 2009-2010, but it seems like Bergen has changed some of the events (like watching Revenge on Netflix, a show that was aired during 2011-2015) to match with today’s culture. There are eight parts in the book: learning, conversation, work, blood greed, home , relationships, my and your way.
I love what she has done and share it with everyone else. However, there is no one correct approach to living or parenting for everyone. That meaning said, I agree with some of her advice and disagree with some of them. It is always good to see other people’s perspectives on life.
4 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from BookSparks WRC 2017 in exchange for an honest review.