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Families of Two Paperback – September 21, 2000
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About the Author
Families of Two led Laura to become one of the leading voices on the childfree choice. She is a seasoned public speaker and has appeared on a variety of television shows, including Good Morning America and The Early Show. She has been a guest on many radio talk shows and in a variety of print media to discuss childfree and social science topics.
Her most recent book, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World, was in collaboration with renowned conservationist, Dave Foreman. She is also the author of The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World, and Finding Fulfillment From the Inside Out.
In addition to her author central site, you can find Laura at lauracarroll.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The author writes a little intro for each couple, describing the setting and what each person does for a living. The people talk about their histories and how they met. So even though this book is nonfiction, I like the sort of character development that comes out. Plus, with all of the well-done pictures, you can easily follow their stories, and you aren't left wondering what people who choose not to have kids *really* look like.
I would definitely recommend this book. I think it quells some myths about the types of people that choose not to have children. It's a must-read, especially for those still deciding whether to have children, for people interested in the choices of others, and for those who know someone that has made the choice. I haven't seen any other books like it, but I sure hope more follow, at least if they're as well done as this one.
We have dogs and cats (our children)and I would have liked to find some animal lovers in this bunch. Where were all the down-to-earth, average people? It was sad to find that these people are not like us after all. Maybe I should just have kids... nah there is that whole diaper thing.
It's great that she presented us these couples's stories in their own voices, but, like the other reviewer said, she just puts the interviews out there, and there is no analysis, no discussion, no interpretation. The book's a bit like an anthology of condensed, polished transcripts of her interview recordings.
And unfortunately, most of the interviews themselves did not run very deeply. Everyone was asked essentially the same questions, including "What advice would you give couples who are trying to decide..." and the answers typically were along the lines of "Really know yourself. Make sure you are not doing this to please your family or friends." When asked what tips they had for a successful marriage, the responses were again the usual: "Communication. Trust. Respect."
The book is entertaining enough to read, and good to get a glimpse into other couples' lives and the decisions they made. However, it is just that--a glimpse, and probably will not offer a whole lot that you don't already know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like books that you can go back to and re-read and maybe take some new perspective. This was a one-time read and not interesting at all. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amanda Hutchinson
Great. A good illustration of how it works without children. And it may really work good.
I just wonder if the author ever met a couple who were sorry for not having children,... Read more
Since the book is done as actual interviews, it dispels many of the myths about childless couples. For example, what influenced them to not have children, what their life is like... Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Gunhouse
I am perplexed, why do married couples have kids?
Is it a natural progression of marriage? Would a marriage be incomplete without children? Read more
For too long, childless couples have been viewed as some kind of 19th century cartoon: either sad or selfish. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by jj
Laura Carroll's book "Families of Two" is a book full of interviews with a diverse group of couples. Read morePublished on September 28, 2007 by K. Ubelhor
An interesting look into an underserved topic, but a very small sample. I began wondering what childless couples that didn't stay married would have said in their survey. Read morePublished on September 4, 2007 by Death Stalker
I am considering not having kids, and with the dearth of info out there on this, I ordered this book. Read morePublished on March 29, 2002
I found this to be an excellent story of various couples and their lives as a "Family of Two". Read morePublished on February 10, 2002