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"Why Do I Love These People?": Understanding, Surviving, and Creating Your Own Family
 
 
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Po Bronson.
Publisher Random House  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780812972429
Pages/Publication Date 387/2006
Daedalus Item Code 42338
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In this companion to What Should I Do with My Life?, PEN USA Award–winning journalist Po Bronson looks closely at how the myth of the "good family"—no fights over the holidays, respect for individual identity, mutual support without being intrusive—often keeps us from forming meaningful relationships with the people to whom we are actually related. In case studies of 19 families, as well as the story of Bronson and his own younger brother, the book explores how the evolution of a single relationship within that family can have broad implications for one's entire familial experience.

"The 19 families profiled in this absorbing book face a familiar litany of domestic dysfunction: infidelities, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, messy divorces and the intergenerational estrangement of immigrants.... Bronson finds the solutions to their dilemmas in the good old-fashioned elements of character and action, as people take stock of themselves and their motivations and painstakingly piece together their relationships and lives. Bronson's is an unromantic view of family life; its foundations, he believes, are not soul-mate bonding or dramatic emotional catharses, but steady habits of hard work and compromise, realistic expectations and the occasional willingness to sever a relationship that's beyond repair. But he also has an optimistic view of today's crazy-quilt of blended and unconventional families, reassuring commitment-shy young adults that 'the golden era of family is not in our past, it's in our future'."—Publishers Weekly

 
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What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
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