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No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Melissa Fay Greene

When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, "among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia." Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. But Melissa and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. When the number of children hit nine, Greene took a break from reporting. She trained her journalist's eye upon events at home. Fisseha was riding a bike down the basement stairs; out on the porch, a squirrel was sitting on Jesse's head; vulgar posters had erupted on bedroom walls; the insult niftam (the Amharic word for "snot") had led to fistfights; and four non-native-English-speaking teenage boys were researching, on Mom's computer, the subject of "saxing." "At first I thought one of our trombone players was considering a change of instrument," writes Greene. "Then I remembered: they can't spell." Using the tools of her trade, she uncovered the true subject of the "saxing" investigation, inspiring the chapter "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Couldn't Spell." A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening-No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.

When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, "among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia." Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. But Melissa and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. When the number of children hit nine, Greene took a break from reporting. She trained her journalist's eye upon events at home. Fisseha was riding a bike down the basement stairs; out on the porch, a squirrel was sitting on Jesse's head; vulgar posters had erupted on bedroom walls; the insult niftam (the Amharic word for "snot") had led to fistfights; and four non-native-English-speaking teenage boys were researching, on Mom's computer, the subject of "saxing." "At first I thought one of our trombone players was considering a change of instrument," writes Greene. "Then I remembered: they can't spell." Using the tools of her trade, she uncovered the true subject of the "saxing" investigation, inspiring the chapter "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Couldn't Spell." A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening-No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.
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When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, "among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia." Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. But Melissa and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. When the number of children hit nine, Greene took a break from reporting. She trained her journalist's eye upon events at home. Fisseha was riding a bike down the basement stairs; out on the porch, a squirrel was sitting on Jesse's head; vulgar posters had erupted on bedroom walls; the insult niftam (the Amharic word for "snot") had led to fistfights; and four non-native-English-speaking teenage boys were researching, on Mom's computer, the subject of "saxing." "At first I thought one of our trombone players was considering a change of instrument," writes Greene. "Then I remembered: they can't spell." Using the tools of her trade, she uncovered the true subject of the "saxing" investigation, inspiring the chapter "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Couldn't Spell." A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening-No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Coleen Marlo

Length:

12h 20m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

21:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

23:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

16:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

17:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

11:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

11:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:25