What “How We Live Now” is about
For How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, I traveled around the country asking people to show me their homes and tell me about their lifespaces – the domestic places, spaces, and people who are most important to them. I combined their personal stories with relevant research from the social sciences and some historical context to show the innovative ways in which contemporary Americans have moved beyond the paradigm of living in a nuclear family home in the suburbs. There are chapters on living in community (including cohousing communities), sharing a home, solo living, multigenerational households, couples living apart together, not-so-single parents, and seniors. A place to live is also a way to live, and Americans have never had as many choices as they do now.
Kirkus has awarded How We Live Now a place on their list of
Best Nonfiction Books of 2015
How We Live Now has also been named to the list of
12 Nonfiction Books Every Woman Needs to Read (along with books by Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and others)