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The New American Family Paperback – September 22, 2016
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About the Author
Lauren Brim is a coach and author of "The New American Family" modern stories of family formation in the twenty-first century, and "The New Rules of Sex" a revolutionary 21st-century approach to sexuality, relationships, and love. She also writes a blog at www.LaurenBrim.com where she provides sexual health and coaching resources for women wanting to create the life or love life that they desire. Lauren has worked in the healing arts for over a decade and began to specialize in women's health after attending births and training to be a midwife. She now lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.
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I HIGHLY recommend getting the Audible version, so you can literally hear these folks sharing their own stories. It's amazing that they're not professional voice actors, because they're definitely do not sound like they're just reading off the printed page. You feel like they've sat down with you to talk about their challenges and triumphs.
Grappling with very real issues, ranging from co-parenting to choosing between artificial insemination and surrogacy or having & raising children in same-sex marriage, these men and women talk about the realities of today's family in a way that's sometimes touching, sometimes humorous but always real. The author herself doesn't hold back in talking about her own choice to have a child as a single mother.
While it was difficult to hear the author's own brutal firsthand account that courageously dispels the rainbows & unicorn depiction of being a first-time mother, the book also provides hope that we can begin more honest and vulnerable dialogue about the emotions that both sexes have to face in this confusing landscape of old values and new needs.
Full disclosure: I am a friend of the author but writing this review as unbiased as I can.
I learned a lot about people who have children in unconventional family situations, all about their experiences from a first person viewpoint, but also learned some statistics and historical background to give context.
I developed more understanding about a wide variety of new family forms and how people in them feel about them. It was both interesting and heartening. The strength of the love that these parents felt for their children really came through.