Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family

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Macmillan, 2003 - 417 pages
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Al and Tipper Gore have long considered family their bedrock. Now, in this provocative and personal book, they explore the myriad ways in which the idea of family is being redefined in America.

Over the past two generations, cultural shifts and economic pressures have profoundly affected every family in the nation: balancing work and family now poses more of a challenge than ever, day care and after-school child-care programs are often dangerously inadequate, and technological advancements have dramatically changed the ways we communicate. But change has also opened up exciting possibilities, yielding an explosion of new family forms and novel solutions to age-old problems.

In this penetrating and moving exploration of the contemporary family landscape, the Gores share stories drawn from their own experiences and those of a dozen other families they have come to know over the years. Combining personal insight and expert opinions, historical and global perspectives, Joined at the Heart identifies an emerging reality-and demonstrates that the human need for family is stronger than ever.
 

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Coauthoring this very readable work, the Gores affirm their respect and support for culturally and structurally variant American families, loving individuals committed to each other's welfare. Based ... Read full review

Contents

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Al Gore is the former Vice President of the United States and author of the New York Times bestseller Earth in the Balance . During his twenty-five years of public service, he fought for programs and policies that are responsive to the needs of families and communities.

Tipper Gore has served as adviser to the president on mental health policy and was special adviser to the Interagency Council on the Homeless for eight years. Together, they organized an annual two-day forum called "Family Re-Union," which is now in its eleventh year. They have four children and two grandchildren, and live in Nashville,
Tennessee.

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