The Way We Never Were

The Way We Never Were

American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

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Acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz provides a myth-shattering examination of two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Book Group, [2016]
Edition: Revised and updated edition, 2016 edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465098835
0465098835
Branch Call Number: 306.85 COO
Characteristics: xliv, 531 pages ; 21 cm

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Mar 13, 2017

At over 400 pages this is certainly not a quick read, but it is a fascinating one. The author explores our common (mis)conceptions about how life used to be in some mythical golden age (typically the 1950s), using statistics and data to show where we have changed, and even more interesting, where we have not, looking at various time periods in the past 200 years. Recommended.

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