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Arranged Marriage Gone Wrong: Not A Love Story

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When we were writing the book, the subject came up of how I ended up marrying my husband. My best friend kept on saying that it was an arranged marriage and I would explain to her that it wasn’t. Then finally, she asked me, “Why don’t you be the judge of that?” In my society, it was understood and never questioned by anyone that a potential husband should be from a specific social class, the same as mine or higher and of the same ethnic group as me. He had to be older than me because that meant he was financially settled and had the capabilities to support me in the way I was accustomed to or at an even higher…

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‘He Never Deserved Me’: Marrying for Culture, Not Love is a Recipe for Disaster

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Sometimes, things are not exactly what they seem to be. When we were writing He Never Deserved Me, the subject came up of how I ended up marrying my husband. My best friend kept on saying that it was an arranged marriage and I would explain to her that it wasn’t. Why don’t you be the judge of that? In my society, it was understood and never questioned by anyone that a potential husband should be from a specific social class, the same as mine or higher and of the same ethnic group as me. He also had to be older than me because that meant he was financially settled and had the capabilities to support me in the way I…

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Parenting is Tough: ‘Listen’ Helps Build a Roadmap to a Happier, Healthier Family

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Any parent will tell you, raising children is a lot of work and one of the most challenging jobs anyone could take on in life. The rewards, of course, highly outweigh the tough times, but it’s just not easy. That’s why there are books upon books dedicated to helping you raise your child(ren). Some are better than others, some are more effective for different types of families; it’s really all about what works for you and what doesn’t because every child is different. Enter Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore, M.A., the authors of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges (Hand in Hand Parenting, August 23, 2016). Wipfler and Schore set up a fool-proof way to help…

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Parenting is about mom AND dad in Julia Fierro’s Cutting Teeth

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Father’s Day is a great time to reflect on the universality of parenthood. While novels and movies often portray mothers as doing the heavy lifting when it comes to parenting, fathers are sharing more and more of the childrearing as families strive to achieve the elusive work-life balance. Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth (St. Martin’s 2014) unfolds through the varying perspectives of all the “mommies” (including one dad) in a long-running playgroup, along with Tenzin, the Tibetan nanny. These disparate voices who narrate alternating chapters of the book highlight the many ways we approach parenting, but also the similarities that underscore this difficult and rewarding experience. The novel has been garnering attention; it was included in the “Most Anticipated Books…

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Taking care of our parents, and ourselves

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“In any given year, almost 30% of the U.S. population will be caring for an ill, disabled, or aging friend or family member.” So we are informed by Ariel Gore in her new memoir The End of Eve (Hawthorne Books, March). She goes on to explain: “The typical caregiver, it turns out, is me: An adult female with children of her own caring for her widowed mother.” Gore is the publisher and editor of the alternative parenting magazine Hip Mama and the author of seven previous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest book about caring for her mother is not a how-to. While she beautifully details the turbulent years after her mother, Eve, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung…

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