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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (April 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684827220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684827223
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,813,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Robert Kuttner, founder of the American Prospect, and his wife, Sharland Trotter (now deceased), a psychologist, have written Family Re-Union: Reconnecting Parents and Children in Adulthood, based on their own experience and Trotter's research into intergenerational relationships. The authors offer suggestions on how to negotiate what is essentially a new relationship dynamic, cautioning parents to "communicate trust and to cultivate skills of active listening" rather than immediately giving an opinion to an adult child who is learning to make decisions. Kuttner and Trotter's work is a thoughtful rumination on the nature and intricacies of adult child and parent relationships.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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A basic tenet of systems theory is that if one part of a system is altered, a ripple effect causes all parts of the system to change. Kuttner (Everything for Sale) and therapist Trotter make considerable use of systems theory, with examples showing that one person's changing how he or she related to another inevitably changed the other's responses. They offer real-life examples as well as examples from literature to highlight their main point: that when interacting with adult children or parents, one should give them the same consideration given friends or coworkers. Once married, the authors also use their own dealings with their parents and children as examples self-referencing made particularly poignant by Trotter's death as the book was being written. An entire epilog is devoted to the effect that her illness had on their family. Public libraries may want to consider, although Trotter's last days tend to eclipse the titular theme.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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More About the Author

Robert Kuttner is cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a
Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for
BusinessWeek, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe.
His previous and widely praised books include The Squandering of America: How the Failure
of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity; Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of
Markets (about which Robert Heilbroner wrote, "I have never seen the market system better
described, more intelligently appreciated, or more trenchantly criticized than in Everything for
Sale"); The End of Laissez-Faire: National Purpose and the Global Economy After the Cold
War; and The Economic Illusion: False Choices Between Prosperity and Social Justice.
Kuttner"s magazine writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Book Review,
The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Dissent,
Columbia Journalism Review, and Harvard Business Review. He has contributed
major articles to The New England Journal of Medicine as a national policy correspondent.
Formerly an assistant to the legendary I.F. Stone, chief investigator for the Senate Banking Committee, Washington Post staff writer, economics
editor for The New Republic, and university lecturer, Kuttner"s decades-long intellectual and political project has been to revive the
politics and economics of harnessing capitalism to serve a broad public interest.

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