Life As We Know It by Jennifer Foote Sweeney
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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 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 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.

About Jennifer Foote Sweeney

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Jennifer Foote Sweeney was a correspondent in the Los Angeles and London bureaus of Newsweek, a national writer for Newhouse News Service, and a reporter for metropolitan newspapers before becoming editor of Life at She lives in northern California with her husband and two daughters.
Published November 1, 2007 by Washington Square Press. 319 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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WITH: Sean Faris (Dino Whitman), Jon Foster (Ben Connor), Chris Lowell (Jonathan Fields), Missy Peregrym (Jackie), Kelly Osbourne (Deborah), D.

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This brazen and confidant collection from's""Life"" column features revealing expositions on the complexities, tensions and nuances of contemporary life.

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