One Big Happy Family : 18 Writers Talk about Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Polyamory, Househusbandry,Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-02
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
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More important and timely than ever-a collection of illuminating essays on the shifting definition of the modern American family. Edited by bestselling writer Rebecca Walker, this fascinating exploration of today's American family features essays by prominent voices such as Z.Z. Packer, Dan Savage, Min Jin Lee, Asha Bandele, Neal Pollack, and others, on subjects such as: Open marriage Gay Marriage Green-card marriage Interclass Marriage Prison marriage Househusbands Open adoption Transracial adoption Sperm donation Single motherhood Polyamory Living with in-laws Parenting a disabled child Bisexual marriage Divorce Blended Families Bicultural families Relationships with child-care providers Multiracial families Home schooling Equal parenting Expatriate families An unabashed celebration of love in all its diversity and complexity, One Big Happy Familyis destined to become a definitive text on the modern American family.

Author Biography

Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of the Shifting Self and Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, and the editor of the anthologies To Be Real and What Makes a Man.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
And Then We Were Polyp. 1
Woman Upp. 17
The Enemy Withinp. 29
Foreign Relationsp. 37
Counting on Cousinsp. 61
The Lookp. 73
Like Familyp. 79
Daddy Donoringp. 97
Two Red Linesp. 108
My First Husbandp. 123
Home Atone Togetherp. 139
Love, Money, and the Unmarried Couplep. 150
Unassistedp. 165
Sharing Madisonp. 178
Half the Work, All the Funp. 190
How Homeschooling Made Our Family More of What We Wanted It to Bep. 206
Till Life Do Us Partp. 224
This Old Housep. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Creditsp. 257
About the Contributorsp. 259
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