Across America and around the world, in cities and suburbs and small towns, people from all walks of life are redefining our “lifespaces”—the way we live and who we live with. The traditional nuclear family in their single-family home on a suburban lot has lost its place of prominence in contemporary life. Today, Americans have more choices than ever before in creating new ways to live and meet their personal needs and desires.
Social scientist, researcher, and writer Bella DePaulo has traveled across America to interview people experimenting with the paradigm of how we live. In How We Live Now, she explores everything from multi-generational homes to cohousing communities where one’s “family” is made up of friends and neighbors to couples “living apart together” to single-living, and ultimately uncovers a pioneering landscape for living that throws the old blueprint out the window.
Through personal interviews and stories, media accounts, and in-depth research, How We Live Now explores thriving lifespaces, and offers the reader choices that are freer, more diverse, and more attuned to our modern needs for the twenty-first century and beyond.
|Publisher:||Atria Books/Beyond Words|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
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Table of Contents
Not Going Nuclear: So Many Ways to Live and Love ix
1 How We Live Now: Finding Our Place, Our Space, and Our People 1
2 One Big, Happy Family: Relatives Sharing and Caring 23
3 One Big, Happy Friendship: Housemates Go Long and Deep 55
4 Living in a Community: From Neighbors to Friends 83
5 Not-So-Single Parents: Finding New Kinds of Community 119
6 The New Couples: So Happy Not Together 155
7 Lifespaces For the New Old Age: Institutions Begone! 183
8 There's Nothing Sweeter Than Solitude: Living Alone 215
Revolutions in Living, Now and in the Future 249