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Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    The forgotten.......the disabled

    Loved reading about the family having disabled children to raise into adulthood and the thereafter. Society has encouraged families to raise these family members at home......AT OUR COST!!!! Now what? It's the Gore's who recognize such sacrifices that parents make. We, as parents tire ourselves over the years and have no time left in a day to "march" or "write to a congressman", etc. These people are such in a minority it is nice to read about the Gore's understanding that these families exist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    Second best again

    Not to belittle the Gores, but the timing of this book couldn't be worse with the overwhelming mandate for the Bush Administration.As for family values...don't forget that Gore looked the other way when Clinton was defaming the Oval Office with his girlfriend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Insightful and Inspirational

    After the discouraging results of the Supreme Court unconstitutional interruption of the 2000 election and the dismal conditions in which the Bush administration has left this nation, I found myself frustrated by the negative direction for this nation and the reversal of the positive direction that the nation enjoyed during the wonderful economic upswing that was guided by the Clinton and Gore administration. However, after reading Al and Tipper Gore's Joined at the Heart, I have a renewed spirit in the possibility that Al Gore continues to be involved in the lives of Americans who are struggling to survive the hardships caused by Bush's failing economic policy. Especially engaging, the Gores discuss the importance of grassroots involvement of everyday people in public policy in the book's last chapter. This book is a must read for every American. People who want to become more involved should contact This is a grassroots website of concerned citizens. By the way, cynics may criticize this book, but they cannot continue to ignore the failings of the Bush administration without suffering the consequences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Lets you know not being in a "normal" family is normal now...

    Lucky enough to get pre-release copy. Joined at the Heart has many insights into the Gores' own family life, from little spats to traumatic experiences. The stories about the many other families (names NOT changed) and basic sociology statistics help give you an understanding that you're not crazy, you do work more, sleep less, and have more stress than the picture perfect family of the 50's. The book stresses the importance of balancing work, fun, and togetherness in a way that hits home on many topics for me, and I would bet you as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    A conversation about the American family

    This is a lovely book. It¿s not really a policy tome and it¿s not a political book, rather, it feels like a conversation between, among and about families. Its tone is surprisingly open and warm. It¿s a book that celebrates family in all its shapes and sizes ¿traditional families, same-sex parents, multi-generation care giving¿and respects and honors the emotional bonds and commitments that make families work. This book won¿t send policy reverberations for years like Earth in the Balance¿and it won¿t excite any controversy, but through warmly and honestly told stories of 12 different families it changes the focus of ¿family values¿ from the staid political-ideological dogmatism of the last decade and focuses instead on a natural discourse about the state of real, contemporary families. For anyone who likes human-interest and/or relationship stories, it¿s an optimistic, quick and very pleasing read.

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