A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values
Our whole society may be obsessed with "family values," but as John Gillis points out in this entertaining and eye-opening book, most of our images of "home sweet home" are of very recent vintage. A World of Their Own Making examines our idealized notion of "The Family," a mind-set in which myth and symbol still hold sway.
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