Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Po Bronson's Factbook on the American Family

Author Po Bronson has a new book out called "Why Do I Love These People?" that tackles the intriguing and lofty goal of "decoding the mystery of family life." I haven't read the book yet, but I became engrossed in his website. Bronson interviewed 700 people and amassed a great deal of factual research in the process of writing his family profiles. I LOVE the fact that he took the trouble to post his research as on online Factbook. He's really given back to the community by making this information available. It can actually be quite difficult to find the answers to seemingly simple research questions like "How many stay-at-home Moms and Dads are there in the U. S.?" (A: 5.4 million SAHMoms and 98,000 SAHDads). Bronson not only connects to relevant primary resources such as Census Bureau summaries, he also provides his own provocative analyses of family trends as identified in the mass media and "how they get it wrong." Bronson has created a treasure-trove of information that will captivate both nonfiction writers and interested readers.

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