From Publishers Weekly
Comedy writer Parent and psychotherapist Ende combine their wit and expertise in this collection of letters from parents facing issues with grown children. According to the U.S. Census, 55% of men and 48% of women ages 18 to 24 are living with their parents: this trend has given rise to a host of financial and lifestyle conflicts. In separate chapters, each with an introductory section, the authors answer questions relating to money, the college years, living arrangements, work, dating, family rituals, marriage, in-laws, grandchildren, divorce, and aging and illness. In their approaches, the authors differ: Parent, who wrote for The Golden Girls, is often tongue-in-cheek, while Ende takes a slightly more earnest approach. The questions--gathered from friends, relatives, and "strangers"-- are wide-ranging, from what to do when a college student trades the car his parents bought him for a motorcycle to how to deal with a dad who is dating his daughterÖs 28-year-old girlfriend. The dueling tones and format donÖt always work, but the authorsÖ overriding theme--that adult children are separate from parents, who must respect their right to make their own choices in order to foster independence--rings true.
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About the Author
Susan Ende, M.F.T, is a psychotherapist and has taught at the California Institute of Technology, Pepperdine University, and California State University at Los Angeles.
Gail Parent is an Emmy Award–winning writer and producer and the bestselling author of Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York
Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile
's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks
's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile
Earphones Awards and Library Journal
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