Blurb about the book 
Best Nonfiction Kirkus badgeHow We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century was named one of Kirkus’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2015. It was also named one of the 12 Nonfiction Books Every Woman Needs to Read, alongside books by authors such as Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinem. 

COVER How We Live NowFor 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 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 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.

“How We Live Now is indispensable reading” –Kate Bolick, author of Spinster

“Her book is an exuberant exploration of what is possible” –Hugh Ryan, Los Angeles Review of Books

About the author:
Award-winning author Bella DePaulo is a Harvard PhD who has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America. Atlantic magazine described her as “America’s foremost thinker and writer on the single experience.”


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