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From the PublisherEllen Goodman syndicated columnist and co-author of I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives We spend only 18 years raising our children and the rest of life relating to them as adults. So why are the bookshelves toppling over with child-raising advice, while only a handful talk about our adult connections. Bob Kuttner and Sharland Trotter have written a personal, thoughtful, and much needed book about the family that we never outgrow.
Lillian B. Rubin, Ph.D. author of Tangled Lives: Daughters, Mothers, and the Crucible of Aging Family Re-Union is a book for our time — and a wise, humane, and wonderful one it is. It not only lays out the knotty intergenerational issues and conflicts that inevitably arise as parents and adult children move from one stage of life to another, but it offers important lessons in how to navigate them.
Arlie Russell Hochschild author of The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work In this perceptive, moving, and wise book on the often battle-scarred bonds between parent and adult child, Bob Kuttner and his late wife Sharland Trotter combine therapeutic observation, moments in great literature, and glimpses into hilarious and sad episodes in their own lives. Especially poignant is Bob's description of how Sharland encountered her impending death from cancer in a way that both heightened and deepened her relations to those she loved. This isn't a book about having no problems. It's an emotionally brilliant book about seeing the worth in trying to work them out.
Jon Kabat-Zinn author of Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life A poignant, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, full of examples that will help parents of grown children find new ways of seeing and being in the family.
James Carroll author of An American Requiem Family Re-Union is the ultimate in lifelong learning. A poignant and sage reflection, noble in its reach. It is a book for each family member, and for every family.