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We all have an imaginary definition of a great family. We imagine what it would be like to belong to such a family. No fights over the holidays. No getting on one another's nerves. Respect for individual identity. Mutual support, without being intrusive. So many people believe they are disqualified from having a better family experience, primarily because they compare their own family with the mythic ideal, and their reality falls short. Is that a fair standard to judge against?

In the pages of Why Do I Love These People?, Po Bronson takes us on an extraordinary journey. It begins on a river in Texas, where a mother gets trapped underwater and has to bargain for her own life and that of her kids. Then, a father and his daughter return to their tiny rice-growing village in China, hoping to rekindle their love for each other inside the walls of his childhood home. Next, a son puts forth a riddle, asking us to understand what his first experience of God has to do with his Mexican American mother.

Every step-and every family-on this journey is real. Calling upon his gift for powerful nonfiction narrative and philosophical insight, Bronson explores the incredibly complicated feelings that we have for our families. Each chapter introduces us to two people — a father and his son, a daughter and her mother, a wife and her husband — and we come to know them as intimately as characters in a novel, following the story of their relationship as they struggle resiliently through the kinds of hardships all families endure. Some of the people manage to save their relationship, while others find a better life only after letting the relationship go. From their efforts, the wisdomin this book emerges. We are left feeling emotionally raw but grounded-and better prepared to love, through both hard times and good time.

In these twenty mesmerizing stories, we discover what is essential and elemental to all families and, in doing so, slowly abolish the fantasies and fictions we have about those we fight to stay connected to. In Why Do I Love These People?, Bronson shows us that we are united by our yearnings and aspirations: Family is not our dividing line, but our common ground.

Review:

"Bronson illuminates the meaning of family and increases our understanding of how to improve family relationships." Library Journal

Review:

"The stories center on men and women who lead satisfying lives with their families despite destructive childhoods." Booklist

Review:

"[T]he integrity of his prose style as well as the incredible sweetness of those he writes about give [Bronson] 24-karat credibility." Washington Post

Review:

"[Bronson's] writing is easy to read in the same way Oprah is easy to watch....That's a disappointment. But I'll get over it. After all, one of the most important lessons Bronson's 19 families teach is to appreciate overall goodness and overlook small flaws." Seattle Times

Review:

"Despite the many poignant stories...the book suffers from some bad editorial decisions....Still, the message gets through, and it's one worth noting: If it is to sustain and nurture, if it is indeed our bedrock, then family is worth fighting for." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Bronson puts great stock in reporting; the yarns [are] quite touching when left to unfurl by themselves." New York Times

Synopsis:

The author of What Should I Do With My Life? traveled the world to find extraordinary wisdom from ordinary people who overcame adversity to rebuild family relationships. The text will compel readers to see their families with new vision.

Synopsis:

We all have an imaginary definition of a great family. We imagine what it would be like to belong to such a family. No fights over the holidays. No getting on one another’s nerves. Respect for individual identity. Mutual support, without being intrusive. So many people believe they are disqualified from having a better family experience, primarily because they compare their own family with the mythic ideal, and their reality falls short. Is that a fair standard to judge against?”

In the pages of Why Do I Love These People?, Po Bronson takes us on an extraordinary journey.

It begins on a river in Texas, where a mother gets trapped underwater and has to bargain for her own life and that of her kids.

Then, a father and his daughter return to their tiny rice-growing village in China, hoping to rekindle their love for each other inside the walls of his childhood home.

Next, a son puts forth a riddle, asking us to understand what his first experience of God has to do with his Mexican American mother.

Every step–and every family–on this journey is real.

Calling upon his gift for powerful nonfiction narrative and philosophical insight, Bronson explores the incredibly complicated feelings that we have for our families. Each chapter introduces us to two people–a father and his son, a daughter and her mother, a wife and her husband–and we come to know them as intimately as characters in a novel, following the story of their relationship as they struggle resiliently through the kinds of hardships all families endure.

Some of the people manage to save their relationship, while others find a better life only after letting the relationship go. From their efforts, the wisdom in this book emerges. We are left feeling emotionally raw but grounded–and better prepared to love, through both hard times and good time.

In these twenty mesmerizing stories, we discover what is essential and elemental to all families and, in doing so, slowly abolish the fantasies and fictions we have about those we fight to stay connected to.

In Why Do I Love These People?, Bronson shows us that we are united by our yearnings and aspirations: Family is not our dividing line, but our common ground.

About the Author

Bronson graduated from Stanford University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400062379
Author:
Bronson, Po
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 15, 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
381
Dimensions:
9.50x6.42x1.29 in. 1.48 lbs.

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Product details 381 pages Random House - English 9781400062379 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bronson illuminates the meaning of family and increases our understanding of how to improve family relationships."
"Review" by , "The stories center on men and women who lead satisfying lives with their families despite destructive childhoods."
"Review" by , "[T]he integrity of his prose style as well as the incredible sweetness of those he writes about give [Bronson] 24-karat credibility."
"Review" by , "[Bronson's] writing is easy to read in the same way Oprah is easy to watch....That's a disappointment. But I'll get over it. After all, one of the most important lessons Bronson's 19 families teach is to appreciate overall goodness and overlook small flaws."
"Review" by , "Despite the many poignant stories...the book suffers from some bad editorial decisions....Still, the message gets through, and it's one worth noting: If it is to sustain and nurture, if it is indeed our bedrock, then family is worth fighting for."
"Review" by , "Bronson puts great stock in reporting; the yarns [are] quite touching when left to unfurl by themselves."
"Synopsis" by , The author of What Should I Do With My Life? traveled the world to find extraordinary wisdom from ordinary people who overcame adversity to rebuild family relationships. The text will compel readers to see their families with new vision.
"Synopsis" by , We all have an imaginary definition of a great family. We imagine what it would be like to belong to such a family. No fights over the holidays. No getting on one another’s nerves. Respect for individual identity. Mutual support, without being intrusive. So many people believe they are disqualified from having a better family experience, primarily because they compare their own family with the mythic ideal, and their reality falls short. Is that a fair standard to judge against?”

In the pages of Why Do I Love These People?, Po Bronson takes us on an extraordinary journey.

It begins on a river in Texas, where a mother gets trapped underwater and has to bargain for her own life and that of her kids.

Then, a father and his daughter return to their tiny rice-growing village in China, hoping to rekindle their love for each other inside the walls of his childhood home.

Next, a son puts forth a riddle, asking us to understand what his first experience of God has to do with his Mexican American mother.

Every step–and every family–on this journey is real.

Calling upon his gift for powerful nonfiction narrative and philosophical insight, Bronson explores the incredibly complicated feelings that we have for our families. Each chapter introduces us to two people–a father and his son, a daughter and her mother, a wife and her husband–and we come to know them as intimately as characters in a novel, following the story of their relationship as they struggle resiliently through the kinds of hardships all families endure.

Some of the people manage to save their relationship, while others find a better life only after letting the relationship go. From their efforts, the wisdom in this book emerges. We are left feeling emotionally raw but grounded–and better prepared to love, through both hard times and good time.

In these twenty mesmerizing stories, we discover what is essential and elemental to all families and, in doing so, slowly abolish the fantasies and fictions we have about those we fight to stay connected to.

In Why Do I Love These People?, Bronson shows us that we are united by our yearnings and aspirations: Family is not our dividing line, but our common ground.

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