New Family Values

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Drawing on dozens of intimate audio interviews with families from all across the country, award-winning psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon redefines what it means to be an “ideal family” in America today. Solomon observes that America, led in large part by the women’s, civil rights, and gay rights movements, has undergone a radical social shift in the last few decades.

While three-quarters of American children lived in families with two (first-time) married, heterosexual parents in the 1960s, today less than half do. The conventional family, Solomon argues, has broken into a multitude of perfect families, including gay families, multiparent families, adoptive families, foster families, families built through assisted reproduction, single parent-headed families, and child-free families. Although the structure of family has changed, economic and legal structures lag behind and need to adapt to accommodate this explosive new reality.

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A highly politicized debate...
Getting pregnant was an enormous challenge for Clara.
Rainbow families often derive from problems that came up in their birth families.
All nine judges sided with Chris…acknowledging Chris’s status as a legal parent.
I will go to games with his name on my shirt.
Our progress away from the margins is highly imperfect.

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  • A highly politicized debate...
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  • Getting pregnant was an enormous challenge for Clara.
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  • Rainbow families often derive from problems that came up in their birth families.
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  • All nine judges sided with Chris…acknowledging Chris’s status as a legal parent.
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  • I will go to games with his name on my shirt.
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  • Our progress away from the margins is highly imperfect.
Andrew Solomon

About the Author and Performer

Andrew Solomon is an author and a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center. He writes and lectures on politics, psychology, and the arts. He is the author of Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World; the New York Times bestseller Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and more than 20 other national awards); and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the 2001 National Book Award). His TED Talks have garnered over 20 million views. He lives in New York and London with his husband and son, and also has a larger post-nuclear family.

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  • Michael
  • Yucaipa, California
  • 12-21-18

Difficult subject handled well.

The stories are interesting. Sad, joyful, disturbing, and comforting all at the same time. As a "conservative" Christian who believes in "traditional family values," I was disappointed with the concluding chapter.

This book has an overall theme of inclusiveness and non-judgmental acceptance of others. I appreciate, respect, and totally agree with this. However, to conclude a wonderful exploration of family values by stereotyping family constructs of the past and present is bothersome. ALL "families" are made up of individuals who should be loved and respected regardless of the choices they make about the way they choose to live as long as they are not hurting others.

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Horrible

This book is awful. It is an incredible biased compilation of people’s stories- highly focused on the negative. It’s peoples accounts of their failures with only a few triumphs. It’s a one sided account of these “new family values” when in fact it’s not values at all, but instead a platform for people to share their story.

It’s also highly degrading to foster care/adoptive family situations. As someone who has directly been impacted by the effects of foster care, it was saddening to hear the biased opinions of people who grossly generalize foster homes to be worse than the abusive or neglectful situations the children were originally in.

Very disappointed in this book.

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  • Brett
  • Cincinnati
  • 01-01-19

Did even get five minutes into the book.

What a joke, and a waste of my monthly credit. I wish I had done some research into this crap before I purchased it.

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Muscled Through It

I was drawn in by the title. I wish I could have that time back.

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Nothing about values

Nothing about values or how alternative family structures affect children. Had a hard time keeping interested in this collection of sob stories. Everyone has struggles in their lives and I guess I'm just tired of hearing about them.

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closed minded author

while trying to be open minded to new ideas, this author became closed-minded to others

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Touching stories, beautiful narration!

Heartwarming and heartbreaking family stories with beautiful narration. I didn't think I'd enjoy listening to this when I added it to my library but I really loved it. It presents a wide variety of real modern family scenarios. I teared up a bunch of times because I could identify with some people in the interviews. My only advice would be to listen to it without being judgemental!

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Interesting take...

As the author of this book and a person who became a parent in a non-traditional way, Andrew presents an enlightening observation of what “makes” a family. Admittedly, I chose not to listen to every chapter for my own personal reasons. However, the chapters I did listen to were particularly illuminating. I myself am an adoptive parent who became a mother by hiring an attorney and getting selected by my 2 daughters’ biological mothers months before they gave birth. The adoptions were both semi-open. My oldest daughter has since found her birth parents, something that went very well for her and has clearly made a positive impact on her sense of worth and overall well-being.

With that being said, I am thankful to have heard all of Andrew’s chapters related to adoption and raising a non- biological child. There were things he brought up that I honestly can say I never realized or thought of. After being a mom for almost 20 years, that’s embarrassing to confess! And, at the same time, a relief to finally hear, process and realize! Like a lightbulb lighting the doubts, insecurities and frustrations inside my brain, things finally made sense. Thanks to these chapters, I have a new perspective in place and truly believe I can be a better mom to my daughters because I have been enlightened.

I highly recommend this book. There are so many relatable chapters. It’s not necessary to listen to every single sort of family type if you feel it doesn’t pertain to you. Choose what you want and SOMETHING will definitely reach out and make an impact on your personal situation or that of someone’s close to you.

I laughed, cried, gasped, cheered and sighed my way through. Sort of like my path to and in parenthood!!

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  • Sergio
  • Vancouver, BC Canada
  • 12-27-18

Misleading Title and Statements

I was excited about learning about family values on Christmas holiday season, but this is not the best book about family values.

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Bad use of a credit

I can’t believe I wasted a credit on this book. I don’t know what I was thinking when choosing this book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful