cover image The Shelter of Each Other

The Shelter of Each Other

Mary Pipher. Putnam Adult, $24.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-399-14144-7

As she tells stories of families--her own and others'--therapist Pipher (Reviving Ophelia) focuses on small victories in what she calls ""the current family-hurting culture."" Distancing herself from therapies that pathologize families, Pipher claims to have experienced the power of hope that can be stimulated through carefully chosen family stories. In even the most dysfunctional families, she discerns threads of connectedness that have led to empowerment of her clients as they became more capable of handling their own lives. Pipher recommends an empathetic approach to families' efforts to survive in a difficult era, one that parallels the homesteading years of her grandparents earlier in this century. She offers plain and practical talk for beleaguered parents and the families they are trying to protect. 125,000 first printing; $100,000 promo; first serial to Good Housekeeping; author tour; BOMC main selection. (Apr.)