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Why Do I Love These People?: Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families by Po Bronson.. Always engaging, Bronson never lets style get in the way as he plumbs the depths of the Primary Dysfunction. Look here to banish your own myths of the Perfect Family, also to learn to love again.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The 19 families profiled in this absorbing book face a familiar litany of domestic dysfunction: infidelities, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, messy divorces and the intergenerational estrangement of immigrants. Novelist and social documentarian Bronson (What Should I Do with My Life?) finds the solutions to their dilemmas in the good old-fashioned elements of character and action, as people take stock of themselves and their motivations and painstakingly piece together their relationships and lives. Bronson's is an unromantic view of family life; its foundations, he believes, are not soul-mate bonding or dramatic emotional catharses, but steady habits of hard work and compromise, realistic expectations and the occasional willingness to sever a relationship that's beyond repair.."

Publishers Weekly

"Bronson interviewed 700 people, 19 of whom are chronicled here. His book is "about decoding the mystery of family life." The stories center on men and women who lead satisfying lives with their families despite destructive childhoods, people who overcome their impulses to repeat what was inflicted upon them, and those who heal in their own particular way, not conforming to any fashion.."

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Author bio: Po has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction. He has published six books,  and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Po Bronson's book of social documentary, What Should I Do With My Life?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and remained in the Top 10 for nine months. His first novel, Bombardiers, was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. His books have been translated into 19 languages. More information can be found here: http://www.pobronson.com/bio.htm

Book Details: Nonfict Other; 386 pp. Swift, insightful: Kindle/Print editions

Publisher Website: http://www.randomhouse.com/

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