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"Why Do I Love These People?": Understanding, Surviving, and Creating Your Own Family Paperback – December 26, 2006
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Prior to their collaboration, Bronson authored five books, including What Should I Do with My Life?, a #1 New York Times bestseller with more than ten months on the list. He has been on Oprah, on every national morning show, and on the cover of five magazines, including Wired and Fast Company. His first novel, Bombardiers, was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. His books have been translated into 20 languages. Po speaks regularly at colleges and community "town hall" events. He is a founder of The San Francisco Writer's Grotto, a cooperative workspace for writers and filmmakers. He also serves as volunteer president of the San Francisco Vikings Youth Soccer League. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
Top Customer Reviews
Resentment about controlling parents who appear to display conditional loving and also about appreciating how much of their lives parents sacrifice to bring the kids up; the search for redemption after abandoning a kid or cheating on a wife, the courage required to break relationships that are dead and the perseverance required to bring one back from the dead (and the effect on kids), dealing with the families of your in-laws and family objection to marriage, how to deal with kids who are falling into bad habits when you feel powerless to influence their decisions because they no longer respect you or listen to you, dealing with the death of a child, how we feel obligated to spend time with our families rather than actually wanting to spend time with them and what we are losing, etc.
Although it may seem that most people cannot relate to these situations... actually I felt an amazing amount of empathy for the families and came away with a renewed conviction that I can get the perfect family life (with all it's frustrations and headaches) and balance it with everything.
If you have any relationship, friendship that you have a certain amount of frustration, resignation about then I strongly recommend this book. It is one of those books that if it hits you at the right time - it could change your relationships and your life.
This book is a true blessing. The book is filled with tons of stories from a multicultural array of relationship experiences where people learn to overcome the life's great obstacles and capture the true meaning of being alive. This book came to me at a low point in my life, when hope was slowly fading from my heart. This book gave me faith that pain is not an end, but a bump in life's journey. It is impossible to read this book and not come away inspired and nurtured by the stories of the people in its pages.
Do not miss the opportunity to experience this treasure as it will nourish your soul, but be warned-- you will be moved to buy this book for the people you care most about in life because this truly blessed experience is not meant to remain a secret.
Bronson does not present typical families in this book, nor does he try and find atypical or controversial families to fill the pages. Bookstore shelves are already lined with such titles. Instead, Bronson began corresponding with people, using the method he utilized in WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE and let their stories fill the pages. We meet a wide group of people who have all sorts of struggles such as a woman who wakes from a near death experience and wonders what her life is all about, a man who loses his son and his loss reshapes his life, a woman from Northern Ireland who makes radical changes in her life for the betterment of her children or a woman who decides she needs to cheat on her husband, with his permission, to save a monotonous marriage. These are just a few of the stories. Bronson never sensationalizes his subjects, which may be why even if readers have little or nothing in common with some of the people, they'll still be moved by the stories.Read more ›
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Love this book. I went out of my way to find and replace the original one that I had lost. Happy with my replacement book. Love the book Nuture Shock as well.Published 23 months ago by seasea
Excellent survival book because the stories inspire readers to keep trying! Entertaining and insightful in its selection of family stories that span America and reflect the tough... Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Alicia C. Jimenez
An absolutely fantastic book about families and human nature. The stories are captivating. Po Bronson is an excellent storyteller. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Cindy A Christensen
This is not a psychology book or a self-help book. These are real stories from people whose relationships with their family brought them a lot of pain and how they lived/are... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Linda @Los Angeles
Gives me hope!
This book gives a sincere, inside look at families across the continents. Dysfunctional as these families may be, overcoming and becoming stronger is the focus... Read more
I love his writing style and I love his insights. I actually devour things that he writes and look forward to more.Published on February 11, 2013 by JB
This book only cost 1 cent. It came in the condition that it was listed as-good. It came on time. I am very happy with my purchase.Published on February 11, 2011 by student
Brilliant book! I couldn't put this down. Highly recommended to anyone who is or has had a fragmented relationship with family - you are not alone. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Grace
I found this at a used bookstore and it looked interesting, so I bought it. I am glad I didn't pay full price because I found it to be a disappointing approach to a deeply... Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Jane G.