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One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781451626964
Author(s): Lauren Sandler
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions: 140 x 211 x 15 (w x l x h)
Pages: 209

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A funny, tough-minded case for being and having an only child, debunking the myths about only children and taking glory in the pleasures of singletons: A swift and absorbing read may change your mind and the national conversation (Psychology Today). Journalist Lauren Sandler is an only child and the mother of one. After investigating what only children are really like and whether stopping at one child is an answer to reconciling motherhood and modernity, she learned a lot about herself and a lot about our culture s assumptions. In this heartfelt work, Sandler legitimizes a discussion about the larger societal costs of having more than one, which Jessica Grose in her review in The New Republic calls, the vital part of the conversation that s not being discussed in the chatter surrounding parenting. Between the recession, the stresses of modern life, and the ecological dangers ahead, there are increasing pressures on parents to think seriously about singletons. Sandler considers the unique ways that singletons thrive, and why so many of their families are happier. One and Only examines these ideas, including what the rise of the single-child family means for our economies, our environment, and our freedom, leaving the reader informed and sympathetic, writes Nora Krug in the Washington Post. Through this journey, Sandler delves deeply, thoughtfully, and often humorously into history, culture, po
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