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Domestic Revolutions: A Social History Of American Family Life

The American family has undergone a series of transformations from its socially sanctified role as the center of society to today's private, independent unit. The authors explain just how the family has adapted and endured these changes.

Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires

For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damages to America's social fabric and business enterprises while emerging as the nation's most formidable crime empire. The vanguard of this criminal juggernaut is still led by the Mafia's most potent and largest borgatas: New York's Five Families.
Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. This definitive history brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law-enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime. The paperback has been revised and updated, with a new epilogue focusing on the trial of the notorious "Mafia Cops."

Scrapbooking Your Family History

Genealogist Laura Best follows up her well-received Genealogy for the First Time® with a colorful volume dedicated to techniques for preserving precious ancestral memories through scrapbooking. Use those vintage photos, uncovered documents, and newly-found family stories to create scrapbooked family trees and pedigree charts, eight generation treatments, depictions of holidays and family reunions through the years, and histories of family homesteads. Inscribe notes on ancestors’ occupations and hobbies, anecdotes, celebrations, and sad moments: every memory worth passing on to children, grandchildren, and generations to come. The page designs all draw on color schemes and images common to various time periods, and there are also techniques for displaying the scrapbooked material in shadow boxes and frames.

Family History

A locked house and a strangled woman.
Town gossips say the sister did it.

Crystal Sands Marshall is furious. The local historical society has chosen another family as the subject for a book on the town's beginnings. Crystal hires her own writer and then sets off to collect the necessary family records from her eccentric sister, Iris.
When Iris, who has not left the house since their mother's death five years ago, fails to answer the door, Crystal breaks in. She finds Iris unconscious on the kitchen floor. Fearing her sister has attempted suicide, Crystal delays the sheriff's investigation until she can search the house and dispose of anything that might set local tongues wagging. She discovers Iris's diaries and learns her mother committed murder to protect the family name. As increasingly horrible secrets are revealed, Crystal is faced with the same choice: public ruin or murder. Is this a case of like mother, like daughter?

Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice (5th Edition) (Merrill Counseling)

The most thorough and well-written text in the field, Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, covers all aspects of working with families. Beginning with an explanation of how individual and family life cycles differ and how healthy and dysfunctional families operate regardless of structure or ethnicity, the author clearly covers the basic processes involved in treating couples and families before delving into a dozen theoretical ways of treating families. Readers will learn about the history of family therapy, multicultural aspects of family therapy, ways of working with various types of families, ethical and legal issues involved in family therapy, and ways of assessing families.
Thoroughly updated and revised, the fifth edition is logically organized into three sections–Understanding Families and Family Dynamics, Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Families, and Professional and Clinical Issues in Family Therapy. Each chapter has an abundance of examples and case studies, and discussion questions included at the end of each chapter help to engage class participation.

For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History

Family history writing can take many forms–a short essay or narrative introduction to a collection of family letters, long captions comprising a family photo history, a biography of parents and a narrative of their life together, an autobiography, or even a family newsletter. This sensible and accessible book is for those who want to do a little writing as well as for those who want to do a lot.
Kempthorne shows how easy it is to write family history and how much fun it can be. He illustrates in detail how to: write narratives and dialogue use physical details in a scene to make it come alive create suspense use many other techniques frequently employed by historians and novelists.
By the end of the book, readers will not only gain a thorough understanding of how to write family history, but will have completed a number of sketches to entertain and enrich their families.

Fancy Nancy: My Family History (I Can Read Book 1)

Nancy wants to do an interesting school report on her ancestor. (That's fancy for a family member who lived long ago.) But will she remember to stick to the plain truth?

You Can Write Your Family History

There's no reason a fully documented family history can't read like a page-turning novel. In this concise and accessible book, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack shows genealogists, history buffs, and writers at all levels exactly how to record the fascinating tales of their ancestors. Based on her own extensive experience writing family histories, the author shares her best methods for: – Conducting historical and thematic research – Organizing materials – Outlining and plotting a story – Illustrating with pictures and charts – Making money writing the histories of other families The advice, inspiration and instruction in You Can Write Your Family History makes it possible for anyone – even those who've never written a single page – to successfully chronicle the lives of near or distant relatives. It's the next best thing to having a personal instructor by your side.

Our Family Tree – A Keepsake Book

Record everything about your family's history in the Our Family Tree Keepsake Book. The book is divided into 28 sections that are designed to help you document family ancestry and traditions. Written prompts help you determine what kind of information is important to note. The sections include:The Story Begins. Your family's earliest ancestors.Branching Out. Relatives with whom you have lost touch.Heirlooms and Keepsakes. List treasured family heirlooms.Holiday Memories. Long-held holiday traditions.Family Recipes. Your family's special dishes and favorite treats.

The Our Family Tree Keepsake Book also provides designated spaces for family photos and a 14×20-inch family tree poster to summarize your ancestry. A linen cover makes it a book worthy of display.

On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers

This book discusses in practical detail how to design and construct a family history book – its layout, and especially its aesthetics – what to include – organization of subject matter – ways to prepare, repair and enhance documents, images and other research materials for publication displaying records (e.g., censuses and ship manifests) too large to fit onto one page. It provides numerous full-color design examples to illustrate techniques and options. There are lots of tasks you're going to be doing yourself regardless of how you go about producing your book. There are many professional editing and book design firms to help you do the job. But they all cost money and have specific templates they prefer to use. This path can be both expensive, time consuming and unnecessary. With today s personal software and digital printing vendors, taking a DO-IT-YOURSELF approach to the entire process, including the challenge of trying to produce beautifully edited attractive pages is an alternative worth considering.