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New Family Values

Andrew Solomon

In 'New Family Values,' Andrew Solomon explores the concept of the conventional family breaking into a multitude of perfect families, including gay families, multiparent families, and foster families. He attributes this radical social shift to the influence of women's rights, civil rights, and gay rights movements. Solomon highlights the need for economic and legal structures to adapt to this changing reality, ensuring that all families receive the support they need. This audiobook offers listeners an intimate glimpse into the lives of diverse families and challenges the notion of an 'ideal family' in America today.

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What does it mean to be an 'ideal family' in America today? This is the question that award-winning psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon seeks to answer in his audiobook, 'New Family Values.' Solomon delves into America's social shift over the past few decades and explores the concept of the conventional family breaking into a multitude of perfect families. From gay families to adoptive families, foster families to single parent-headed families, Solomon examines the diverse range of family structures that exist in modern society.

A Radical Social Shift

In the 1960s, three-quarters of American children lived in families with two (first-time) married, heterosexual parents. However, today less than half of American children experience this traditional family structure. Solomon attributes this drastic change to the influence of the women's rights, civil rights, and gay rights movements. These social movements have challenged societal norms and paved the way for the acceptance and recognition of unconventional family structures.

Perfect Families

The traditional family unit has evolved into a wide array of perfect families. Solomon highlights the various types of families that have emerged, including gay families, multiparent families, adoptive families, foster families, families created through assisted reproduction, single parent-headed families, and child-free families. By sharing intimate audio interviews from families across the country, Solomon offers listeners a glimpse into the lives of these diverse families and invites them to reconsider their preconceived notions of what constitutes an ideal family.

Adapting Economic and Legal Structures

While the structure of the family has evolved, economic and legal structures have lagged behind. Solomon argues that these structures need to adapt to the changing reality of modern families. For example, policies surrounding parental leave and childcare need to be reevaluated to accommodate the needs of non-traditional families. By shedding light on these discrepancies, Solomon calls for societal and legislative changes that reflect and support the diverse range of family structures in America today.


'New Family Values' is an enlightening audiobook that challenges the notion of the 'ideal family' in America. Andrew Solomon's intimate interviews and insightful analysis provide listeners with a deeper understanding of the evolving nature of family structures and the importance of embracing diversity. As America continues to redefine what it means to be a family, Solomon emphasizes the need for economic and legal structures to catch up and ensure that all families are recognized and supported.

Additional Info

Book Name: New Family Values
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Andrew Solomon
Narrators: Andrew Solomon
Genres: Politics & Social Sciences
Audiobook Length: 6H15M
Publisher: Audible Originals
Language: English
Publish Date: 2018-12-06
Last Price: 8.95 USD


10 reviews for this audiobook
  • Em
    Emily 25-Oct-2023

    This audiobook is absolutely brilliant! Andrew Solomon tackles the complexities of modern family values with such depth and insight. I couldn't stop listening.

  • Ja
    Jake 30-Oct-2023

    I found 'New Family Values' to be thought-provoking and eye-opening. Andrew Solomon's words resonate and make you question what it means to have a 'traditional' family.

  • Sa
    Samantha 01-Nov-2023

    Incredible storytelling! Andrew Solomon's ability to convey the struggles and triumphs of different family structures is exceptional. 'New Family Values' is a must-listen.

  • Be
    Benjamin 19-Nov-2023

    Andrew Solomon's 'New Family Values' challenges societal norms and celebrates the diversity of families today. It's a powerful audiobook that will make you reflect on your own values.

  • Am
    Amelia 01-Dec-2023

    If you're interested in understanding the evolving dynamics of family, this audiobook is a must. Andrew Solomon's research and personal narratives shed light on different perspectives.

  • Ol
    Oliver 26-Dec-2023

    I highly recommend 'New Family Values' to anyone who wants to explore the concept of family. Andrew Solomon's storytelling is captivating and his insights are profound.

  • So
    Sophie 06-Feb-2024

    Andrew Solomon's 'New Family Values' is a timely exploration of the modern family. It challenges the notion of what constitutes a family and offers a fresh perspective.

  • Et
    Ethan 12-Mar-2024

    Listening to 'New Family Values' felt like having deep conversations with a wise and compassionate friend. Andrew Solomon's words will leave a lasting impact.

  • Av
    Ava 29-Apr-2024

    Andrew Solomon's 'New Family Values' is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the changing landscape of families. His personal anecdotes make it relatable and engaging.

  • Li
    Liam 17-May-2024

    Prepare to have your perspective widened and your heart touched by 'New Family Values.' Andrew Solomon's ability to capture the essence of diverse family experiences is remarkable.

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