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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Woodruff Narrator: Lee Woodruff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the heels of her acclaimed book In an Instant, the #1 New York Times bestseller she wrote with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, and with the same candor and charm, Lee Woodruff now chronicles her life as wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Woodruff’s deeply personal and, at times, uproariously funny stories highlight such universal topics as family, marriage, friends, and how life never seems to go as planned. From raising teenagers (“Now with a boy and girl on the precipice of serious adolescence, the bathroom door is sealed tighter than a government nuclear testing ground”) to how she copes with tragedy (“Swimming surrounds me in the velvet wet of a bluish green world where I can dive deep down and sob with no trace”), Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress is the testimonial of a woman who embraces the chaos of her surroundings, discovers the splendor of life’s flaws, and accepts that perfection is as impossible to achieve as a spotless kitchen floor.

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  • Lee Woodruff is a modern day truth-teller. She is a laugh-out-loud funny, complex, contradictory, compassionate sister in the struggles and sweet successes of contemporary motherhood, sisterhood and wife-dom. An immediately relatable group of recollections and reflections on the often unfair, unexpected and unbelievably beautiful paths of a woman’s life. Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Nora Ephron + Erma Bombeck = Lee Woodruff. This is the book for all the women in your lives! Liz Smith, syndicated columnist
  • Reading Lee Woodruff’s warm, joyful, heartfelt essays on everything from sagging knees to facing a child’s disability is a little like staying up all night dishing with your best friend. You’ll nod in agreement, laugh out loud, shed a few tears, and come away with a renewed appreciation for the magic of everyday moments, which Woodruff celebrates with her characteristic humor and grace in Perfectly Imperfect. Ann Pleshette Murphy, parenting contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America and author of The 7 Stages of Motherhood
  • I want to snuggle up with a cup of tea and Lee Woodruff herself. Perfectly Imperfect is like having an old, dear friend who you haven’t seen in awhile regale you with stories about life that you swear could be your own.  This book will become my constant companion. Rita Wilson
  • “Lee Woodruff is a modern day truth-teller. She is a laugh-out-loud funny, complex, contradictory, compassionate sister in the struggles and sweet successes of contemporary motherhood, sisterhood and wife-dom. An immediately relatable group of recollections and reflections on the often unfair, unexpected and unbelievably beautiful paths of a woman’s life.”

    Jamie Lee Curtis

  • “I want to snuggle up with a cup of tea and Lee Woodruff herself. Perfectly Imperfect is like having an old, dear friend who you haven’t seen in awhile regale you with stories about life that you swear could be your own. This book will become my constant companion.”

    Rita Wilson

  • “Lee moves fluently from deep to lighter subjects…Self-deprecating and modest, Woodruff is certainly likable, and this collection will broaden her appeal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Woodruff considers childbirth, a hysterectomy, aging, pets, and awkward gifts in this winning and intimate look at the imperfections of family life.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie Hillas | 2/18/2014

    " This book was okay, just stories about life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura Heintschel | 2/13/2014

    " These were amusing and sometimes serious essays about family life from a Mom's perspective. In an essay about a close friend's husband's death: "But if I couldn't have them, if Bob were to have died in that hospital...I knew that I would have my children, my family, and the power of friendship...They would all help to pull me back out into the light, eventually. And that was a mighty powerful feeling. It was much more than a consolation prize." I know that feeling and she said it so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonette | 2/12/2014

    " Any mother will identify with the oh-so-true life lessons found within these pages. Lee writes with wit and insight and has you laughing and crying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan Rothenberg | 1/23/2014

    " While I found many parts of Woodruff's story to be wise and thoughtful, I found much of what she wrote about her children, particularly her teens, and some of what she wrote about her husband, to be an invasion of their privacy, even though they gave her permission to do so. "

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