The Lunch-Box Chronicles: Notes from the Parenting Underground by Marion WinikThe Lunch-Box Chronicles: Notes from the Parenting Underground by Marion Winik

The Lunch-Box Chronicles: Notes from the Parenting Underground

byMarion Winik

Paperback | November 15, 1999

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Child Magazine Best Book of the Year

"For me, parenting is like dieting.  Every day, I wake up filled with resolve and good intentions, perfection in view, and every day I somehow stray from the path.  The difference is with dieting, I usually make it to lunch. . . ."

   With the candor and often hilarious outlook that have made her a beloved commentator on NPR, Marion Winik takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through modern parenthood, with all of its attendant anxieties and joys.
        A single mother with two small boys, Winik knows exactly what she's talking about, from battles over breakfast and bedtime to the virtues of pre-packaged food and weightier issues like sex education and sibling rivalry. Part memoir and part survival guide, The Lunch-Box Chronicles is an engaging philosophy of parenting from a staunch realist, who knows that kids and their parents both will inevitably fall far short of perfection, and that a "good enough mom" really is, in fact, good enough.
Marion Winik has been a regular commentator on Nation Public Radio's All things Considered since 1991. Her writing appears regularly in magazines, newspapers and online.  She is the author of both Telling and First Comes Love (both available from Vintage Books).
Title:The Lunch-Box Chronicles: Notes from the Parenting UndergroundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375701702

ISBN - 13:9780375701702


From Our Editors

Parenting has always had its attending joys and anxieties. In The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Marion Winik shares the ups-and-downs of parenting in the 1990s. A single mother, Winik examines such perennially sticky issues as sex education and sibling rivalry. Filled with lively anecdotes and warm advice, this part-memoir, part-survival guide will comfort novice and experienced parents alike.

Editorial Reviews

"Take Erma Bombeck, add the obsession of a single mother with two boys... and you have Marion Winik, as companionable writer as a crazed parent ever found."- The New York Times Book Review"Marion Winik proves as able a bard for her generation as Erma Bombeck was for hers... Funny, warmhearted, and chock-full of moments of instant recognition."- Newsday"[H]ilarious and wrenching, it's about being a parent, but it's also about so much more: love, survival, transcendence—and macaroni and cheese."- Anne Lamott, author of Operating Instructions