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Comment: This is an ex-library copy, but in superb condition. There are two labels on the spine, one on the title page, and one on the first free endpaper, as well as four smallish rubber stamps there. Otherwise, book is in great shape: the dust jacket, having been put in mylar immediately, is perfect, and the binding and text are pristine and immaculate. All in all, a lovely copy.
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The Youngest Parents Hardcover – May 17, 1997

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The result of Coles's extensive interviews throughout the country, this work offers glimpses into the lives and minds of teenage parents. Coles, the respected psychiatrist, professor, and author, collaborated with his three sons, all doctors, to research teenage pregnancy. Their profiles of teens living under unique pressures are enhanced by two photographic essays. The resulting book is not a comprehensive study but a snapshot that will help readers understand the lifestyle, motivation, and daily lives of adolescents, both male and female, who are themselves parents. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll. Lib., Wye Mills., Md.
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Coles is a prolific, Pulitzer Prize^-winning author and a child psychiatrist renowned for his open-minded and compassionate approach to studying the inner lives of children and adolescents. His newest book is a striking and revelatory set of verbal and photographic portraits of teenage parents. Coles and his sons conducted long, intensive conversations with adolescent parents of diverse ethnicity and geographical location, and the direction, emotions, and content of these exchanges stunned Coles, who struggled not to "observe with dismay" but to learn from these frank and generous young people. As Coles brings young fathers and mothers vividly to life, the stark humanity of their perceptions and circumstances emerges with such power that all preconceived and oversimplified attitudes about teenage pregnancy and parenthood are called into question. Young men explain that fathering a child is expected and respected. A 15-year-old mother says she was "born into trouble" and wanted to keep her baby because "it's all she's got." Another young mother explains that through her daughter, she has a "second chance"; another declares that her "purpose in life" is to raise her son "so he'll be different than the men I've known." Discussions of parenthood evolve into musings on racism, welfare, school, religion, work, love, loyalty, and the meaning of life. Coles doesn't try to dispel the ambiguities inherent in these conversations, nor do the photographs of Jocelyn Lee and John Moses. Their evocative subjects hold our gaze, commanding respect and empathy even as they arouse deep concern. Donna Seaman

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393040828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393040821
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Coles is professor emeritus at Harvard University and the author of numerous books, including his series Children of Crisis, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He has also won a MacArthur Award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a National Humanities Medal. He lives in Massachusetts.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jzig on March 3, 2003
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What a subtle, beautiful, thought-provoking book. Indispensible for understanding how teenage pregnancy shapes the lives of young people. Offers a poignant view of a variety of American teens facing parenthood, of different classes, different races, different religions and regions. Would be particularly valuable for high-school researchers, or as a complement to drier, more statistical or policy-oriented analyses.
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Very interesting read. I bought this for a class I was taking on Adolescent Parenthood. This book shows the true struggles young men and women go through. Definitely an eye-opener.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
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The photographs are fantastic and will capture your heart and mind. The pictures communicate in a way words never could. You will feel like you know and understand these young mothers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maelie88 on August 1, 2010
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I got this book very fast which I needed for my class and it came in good condition. I would recommend this seller to anyone needing textbooks.
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