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Book Title: Why Do I Love These People?: The Familes We Come From And The Families We Form|
The author of the book: Po Bronson
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Edition: Harvill Secker
Date of issue: January 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780436205330
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.94 MB
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I finished Po Bronson's Why Do I Love These People? over the weekend. It was a fairly quick read about 19 families. Divorce, death, different cultures, keeping in touch, pushing away. The book sort of discusses how families stick together, make it work. It's looking from both the point of view of the family that you came from and the family that you're making.
I think the main thing that I came away with from the book is that over the last 150 years or so, we've been given a lot more choice in how we relate with family and with that choice comes a lot of stress. Husbands and wives, daily, are given the choice as to whether or not they're going to stay together. Adult children have a choice in the type of relationship they have with their parents and siblings. A lot of the expectation of family that sticks together has deteriorated over the last few decades.* There are, of course, the economic, legal and societal benefits and pressures on being married, but the fundamental structure of the family has changed dramatically in the last 150 years.
What's also new is that the basis of marriage has become romantic love. The economic pressures are still there, as are societal and familial pressures, but for the most part, when two people get married these days, we expect them to be in love with one another. That's not historically been the case. And romantic love, as anyone who's ever had his or her heart stomped on knows, is not necessarily a stable, everlasting thing.
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Read information about the authorPo Bronson has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction. He has published five books, and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Currently he is writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom.
Po Bronson's book of social documentary, What Should I Do With My Life?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained in the Top 10 for nine months. He has been on Oprah, on every national morning show, and on the cover of five magazines, including Wired and Fast Company. His first novel, Bombardiers, was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. His books have been translated into 18 languages. Po speaks regularly at colleges and community "town hall" events. He is a founder of The San Francisco Writer's Grotto, a cooperative workspace for about 40 writers and filmmakers. From 1992 to 2006 he was on the Board of Directors of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. He lives in San Francisco with his family.