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Life As We Know It: A Collection of Personal Essays from Salon.com / Edition 1
     

Life As We Know It: A Collection of Personal Essays from Salon.com / Edition 1

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by Jennifer Foote Sweeney
 

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ISBN-10: 0743476867

ISBN-13: 2900743476866

Pub. Date: 10/21/2003

Publisher: Washington Square Press

"...these essays are jewels of the unexpected, and in introducing them, I don't want to steal any of their surprise. Suffice it to say that family life...is alive and well, but it is not like anything you ever read about before in your life."
— Jane Smiley, from the foreword

The nuclear family peaked in 1960 with 45 percent of the American

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"...these essays are jewels of the unexpected, and in introducing them, I don't want to steal any of their surprise. Suffice it to say that family life...is alive and well, but it is not like anything you ever read about before in your life."
— Jane Smiley, from the foreword

The nuclear family peaked in 1960 with 45 percent of the American population. Many decades later, the tidy ensemble is rare. Relationships, baby making, sex, dating, divorce — they aren't what they used to be. But the mainstream media keeps the reality of American life a secret, only leaking the occasional tidbit to remind us that those in "unconventional" configurations are a sad anomaly to be pitied or ignored.
Life As We Know It offers proof in its most engaging form — the personal essay — that the big guys have got it wrong. This collection of blunt, lyrical, and often very funny work from award-winning Salon.com tells the true stories about how we live — of hustling fertility drugs, losing a child, hating dad, and coming to terms with a parent who was the voice of "Frosty the Snowman" on TV. First-time writers and critically acclaimed authors like Amy Bloom, Kathryn Harrison, Susan Straight, and Benjamin Cheever, plumb the familiar to deliver portraits of moments, seasons, and eras that we recognize or long to understand.

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ISBN-13:
2900743476866
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
10/21/2003
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Contents

FOREWORD | Jane Smiley

INTRODUCTION | Jennifer Foote Sweeney

THE CALCULUS OF LOVE

Pluses and Minuses

THE COLOR OF LOVE | Erin Aubry Kaplan

SAUCY SOCCER MOMS | Matthew DeBord

DERANGED MARRIAGE | Sridhar Pappu

FORESKIN AND SEVERAL YEARS FROM NOW | Kim Lane

WHILE YOU ARE GONE | Stephen J. Lyons

CRYSTAL IS THE CUSTOMARY GIFT — I GOT DOG DROOL | Susan Musgrave

MEATMARKET.COM | Heather Havrilesky

IF AT FIRST | Diana O'Hehir

LOST AND FOUND | Eve Parnell

Multiplication

HUSTLING HORMONES | Carol Mithers

REPRODUCTIVE AS A RABBIT, ABSTINENT AS A NUN | Jennifer Bingham Hull

WE BELIEVE CHILDREN AREN'T THE FUTURE | Lori Steele

I MISS LESBIAN REPRODUCTIVE SEX | Laurie Essig

PICKING MR. RIGHT | Liza Weiman Hanks

MY SEEDS ARE SPROUTING IN TWO WOMBS | Hank Pellissier

POST-NUCLEAR FAMILY LIFE

The 'Rents

LOVE ME, LOVE MY GUNS | Susan Straight

HARD-TO-SWALLOW SOUP FOR A KID'S SOUL | Callie Milton

ON BEING KEN | Tim Cornwell

HE AIN'T HEAVY | Lisa Zeidner

DYR MOM: WY R YOU SO LAVEABL? | Gayle Brandeis

THE NEW DAD | Jonathan Kronstadt

The Reared

EVERYTHING FALLS | Jill Ketterer

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER | Chris Colin

BORN TO POP PILLS | Elissa Schappell

IDENTITY CRISIS | Theresa Pinto Sherer

A HERO'S RETREAT | Margaret Finnegan

WORLD WITHOUT END

Loss

FAITH IN THE BABY | Kristin Ohlson

ASPIRIN FOR A SEVERED HEAD | Suzanne Finnamore

ISLE OF SKYE | Mary McCluskey

A WORLD OF HURT | Earl R. Mies

A MOTHER WITHOUT A CHILD | Robin Wallace

A MATTER OF LIFE IN DEATH | J. B. Orenstein

Remembrance

PAPA DON'T PREACH | Benjamin Cheever

CURSE OF THE HIPPIE PARENTS | Sarah Beach

SUPPLICANT | Kathryn Harrison

MY FOUR FAVORITE PHOTOS OF MY MOTHER | Amy Bloom

BEING FROSTY JR. | David Vernon

MY FATHER'S LEGACY | George Packer

SENTIMENTAL HOGWASH | Douglas Cruickshank

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Life As We Know It: A Collection of Personal Essays from Salon.com 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I can't agree enough with the review that equated this anthology with an old-fashioned writer's salon from the past, somehow transported into the Now. This is an astonishing array of essays, all an archeologist's view of our times, told in brilliant detail and often uproariously funny (see Aspirin for a Severed Head, etc) and also achingly real and sound in a literary sense. It includes the likes of Benjamin Cheever -- and a forward by Jane Smiley endorsing the slim volume make it an easy and sure bet.