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    DescriptionLauren Sandler is an only child with an only child of her own, who found that discussing the choice to stop at one kid was loaded with anxiety, doubt, misinformation, and judgment. After investigating what only children really are like and whether stopping at one child is an answer to reconciling motherhood and modernity, she learned a lot about herself-and a lot about our culture's assumptions. In this heartfelt work, Sandler demystifies the perceived problems of the only child and legitimizes a conversation about the larger societal costs of having more than one. We ask when people are having kids-never a kid, never one child at a time. If parents no longer felt they had to have second children to keep from royally screwing up their first, would the majority of them still do it? And, if the literature tells us-in hundreds of studies-that a child isn't better off with a sibling and it's not something parents truly want for themselves, then whom is this choice serving? One and Only examines these questions, exploring what the rise of the single-child family means for our economies, our environment, and our freedom. Sandler considers hundreds of studies and interviews, traveling around the world to discover that only children are just fine, their parents often happier, and our planet is better off for them. Sandler's controversial revelations will probably draw rebukes from the majority of parents who believe that having several children is the healthiest model for all members of a family. Others will claim that she's quite possibly cracked the code of happiness, demonstrating that having just one may be the way to resolve our countless issues with adulthood in our overtaxed age.


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    Title
    One and Only
    Subtitle
    The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lauren Sandler
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451626957
    ISBN 10: 1451626959
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: VFV, JHBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: I-CF
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17210
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 306.874
    B&T Approval Code: A31503241
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    B&T General Subject: 200
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 09
    B&T Approval Code: A97242400
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026010
    B&T Approval Code: A97240000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC047000
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    BISAC V2.8: FAM010000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 306.874
    LC classification: HQ777.3 .S26 2013
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    06 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Lauren Sandler has written on cultural politics, religion, and inequality for Time, The Atlantic, Slate, and The New York Times.
    Review quote
    "Onlies, parents of onlies, and readers still on the fence will find the book illuminating and affirming."--Publishers Weekly