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New Traditions: Redefining Celebrations for Today's Family Paperback – January 30, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (January 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374522626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374522629
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Abel Lieberman has lived in nine cities, written eight books, directed four educational programs, earned three graduate degrees, raised two sons and wonders if, one day, she may acquire a partridge in a pear tree. In the meantime, she is well satisfied with five grandchildren.

The unifying theme in all her work has been a desire to help people find satisfying resolutions to the situations that arise from leading busy, complicated lives and to grow into their best selves. "I feel so lucky to have four decades of work that always felt important to me. I hope it has also felt important to others. There is no doubt I am kinder, wiser and more tolerant as the result of having diverse and often difficult challenges to hit up against."

Susan was a co-founder of The Y Collaborative, ( in Houston, Texas which focuses on encouraging healthy people to put end-of-life preparations in place long before a healthcare crisis She frequently speaks about death and dying as well as aging and retirement. Her newest book on death and dying is meant to help adults think, talk and act to put end-of-life preparations in place long before they walk into a healthcare crisis.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By David on January 12, 2000
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I got this book because of the enthusiastic review in Robert Fulghum's "From Beginning to End" and it richly deserves his praise. Susan Lieberman felt the need to give her family a richer emotional life, and found that the conventional holidays and customs didn't satisfy in the context of modern American culture.
So for a couple of years she simply asked everyone she met whether they had invented any new family traditions. And she found dozens. She compiled the real experiences of real families -- simple accounts of what worked and what didn't in creating rich, satisfying family circles.
The suggestions are amazingly simple, yet endlessly inventive. There's the family that decided they would all (parents & 3 kids) walk the family dog after supper every night. Regardless of weather, out they go; walking in all sorts of different pairings and groupings depending on who has what on their minds to talk about. Or the "you are special" dinner plate which, hokey as it seems, works: it appears as the supper plate of whoever has a success or a birthday or any other reason to be feted by the rest of the family that day.
Simple ideas, worked out in real life by real people, to make real lives more resonant. This is a superb book that I'll be giving away as a present to at least 3 other families I can think of, next Christmas.
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