'Our aunties help shape our characters, our goals, our attitudes. An aunt's influence may be subtle because she may not have lived in our households. She may not even be related to us in any familial wayâ�¦ Aunties may be in our lives the moment we are born or we may adopt an auntie (or she may adopt us) later on in life. It is never too late to form an auntie relationship, and, as we were told repeatedly, everyone benefits from the connection.' Many of us grew up in the company of a beloved aunt, a woman who loved us unconditionally and by choice. To create this book Tamara Traeder and Julienne Bennett interviewed scores of aunties, nieces, and god-children - examining the richness of aunt-child relationships and the aunt's unique gifts to the child. This loving tribute is a perfect way to say 'thanks!'
A caring aunt may be startled into tears of recognition. -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Tamara Traeder is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has coauthored or edited eight books, including "The BFF Girlfriends Guide" and "Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties." She lives in St. Helena, California. Julienne Bennett is the author of "Where the Heart Is: A Celebration of Home."