The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 282 pages
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In The Shelter of Each Other, Mary Pipher does for the American family what she did for adolescent girls and their parents in her bestselling book Reviving Ophelia: she opens our eyes wide to the desperate realities we are facing and shows us a way out. Drawing on the fascinating stories of families rich and poor, angry and despairing, religious and skeptical, and probing deep into her own family memories and experiences, Pipher clears a path to the strength and energy at the core of family life. Wise, compassionate, and impassioned, The Shelter of Each Other challenges each of us to face the truth about ourselves and to find the courage to protect, nurture, and revivify the families we cherish.

"A canny mix of optimism and practicality gives Pipher's fans a way to resist the worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves."


"Eye-opening . . . Pipher's simple solutions for survival in this family-unfriendly culture are peppered throughout the heart-wrenching and uplifting stories of several of her client

families. . . . Highly readable, passionate."

*San Francisco Chronicle


*USA Today

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Pipher has so much wisdom and compassion. While written more than 15 years ago, this is perhaps even more relevant today. Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Mary Pipher, Ph.D. is a psychologist and the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Writing to Change the World. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and she has lectured to groups and conferences around the world. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband, Jim, near their children and grandchildren.