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You Can Go Home Again: Reconnecting with Your Family

by Monica McGoldrick

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The title is a trifle misleading: it sounds as if only people who are estranged from their families would get anything from this book. Actually, it's for anyone interested in getting a clearer perspective on their family relationships. McGoldrick uses famous families as examples of various issues (loss, pressure to succeed, gender expectations, sibling relationships, and so on). She also suggests questions and topics for readers to explore if they choose to examine their own families. I wish she'd gone into issues of class and culture a bit more deeply--this is the only chapter without a family example in it and the chapter feels a bit rushed--but overall, it's a good book for people who want a solid introduction to looking at their families' psychology. ( )
  Silvernfire | Jun 12, 2008 |
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"Monica McGoldrick's splendid new book is a gift, a rich source of hope, information, and insight that will teach readers to reconnect with our past and invent a new future."--Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

Those who learn from the past are not condemned to repeat it. In this revelatory book, family therapist Monica McGoldrick explains how the use of genograms (family trees) can bring to light a family's history of estrangement, alliance, divorce, or suicide, revealing intergenerational patterns that prove more than coincidental.

McGoldrick's genograms of famous families, such as the Kennedys, Hepburns, Beethovens, and Brontës, complement discussion of the influence of birth order and sibling rivalry, family myths and secrets, cultural differences, couple relationships, and the pivotal role of loss. At the close of each chapter are questions that train the reader to think as researcher; with McGoldrick's guidance, we learn to mine previously untapped information about our own family patterns. Photographs, drawings

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