The Nine Phases of Marriage
the nine phases of marriage

In The Nine Phases of Marriage, Barash offers us a groundbreaking look at how to understand your marriage and create a more satisfying relationship.

Barash chronicles the true confessions of women who have been through it all – including marriage, childbearing and rearing, divorce, remarriage and the death of a spouse.

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you’re grounded forever

An eye-opening study of mothers and daughters of all ages, You’re Grounded Forever…But First Let’s Go Shopping takes an unprecedented look at motherhood for young, teenage and adult daughters today. It explores the major issues facing mothers with daughters and offers ways to improve matters.

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toxic friends

A woman can always count on are her friends—right? But what if those friendships are hurtful, harmful, even toxic? Susan Shapiro Barash explores the ten types of female friends and shows you why and how women get stuck with the worst kinds, the ways to get “unstuck, and how to recognize a true friend.”

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tripping the prom queen

A groundbreaking investigation into the dark secret of female bonds: rivalry.

Susan Shapiro Barash has exploded the myth that women help one another, are supportive of one another, and want each other to succeed. Based on interviews with women across a broad social spectrum, she has discovered that the competition between women is more vicious precisely because it is covert.

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little white lies, deep dark secrets

A fascinating and provocative look at the reasons behind female deception. This study reveals how society doles out mixed messages to women, fostering the lies they tell.

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a passion for more

Traditionally, women have broken their marriage vows in silence. But more and more they are opening up about the extramarital affairs that liberated them, reawakened their sexual desire—even saved their marriage.

A Passion for More is the first-person account of a varied group of married women who have taken lovers. They range in age from 25 to 65, in background from secretary to physician. Their stories are divided into four groups: Empowering Affairs, Sex-Driven Affairs, Love Affairs, and Self-Esteem Affairs.

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sisters: devoted or divided

For this complex family tie, Barash has interviewed more than one hundred women about their relationships with their sisters.

You’ll meet sisters who share every moment of their lives together and sisters who share little but the same parents. You will meet women who have carried their sister’s child, and those who have had affairs with their sister’s husband. The experiences are interspersed with the comments of experts, offering us insight through the passionate, angry and loving testimony of the sisters themselves.

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the new wife

The role of wife is the most desired status for millions of women across America. But isn’t it time to take a good look at what the role of wife entails? Women’s relationship expert, Susan Shapiro Barash says that over 80 percent of women whether divorced, widowed, or never married; old, young, or in mid-life, claim that being a wife is their goal. In Barash’s book, The New Wife: The Evolving Role of the American Wife, she delves into an exploration of the modern wife through the decades, from the 1950s to today’s 21st century wife. Barash uncovers the reasons why women yearn to be wives, and their disappointments, pretenses, and steadfast resolve in the role.

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second wives

With almost half of all marriages ending in divorce, the number of women faced with the prospect of becoming second wives is at a record high. This compassionate and timely guide to remarriage mixes insights and advice from experts with interviews with more than one hundred second wives. Barash tackles such issues as competition with the first wife, in-laws, stepchildren, and the financial strain of supporting two families.

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mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law

Whether you are the mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, newly engaged, or even the son/husband trapped in between, there is an opportunity to gain insight into this complex union. Barash gives you the tools for a better understanding of the dynamics, insecurities, generational jealousies, child rearing dilemmas, and power struggles.

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women of divorce

Susan Shapiro Barash, with the help of psychologists and sociologists, explores the feelings and behaviors of women who are divorced, how their daughters are affected by this and the women who become stepmothers to those very daughters. Barash offers practical advice to help them break free of unhealthy patterns. Mothers, daughters and stepmothers in this triangle can work together to obtain a new lease on family life.

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reclaiming ourselves

Many women are ill-prepared for making important life decisions and for coping with the aftermath of making poor ones. Like Sleeping Beauty, certain women have a tendency to “sleep” through their adult years and to repeat mistakes out of innocence or ignorance. Susan Shapiro Barash interviews 35 women who have recognized their passive patterns and taken action to reclaim their lives.

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the men out there

Authors Susan Shapiro Barash and Michele Kasson, Ph.D, identify ten male personality types that make it easy for women to determine exactly who they are dealing with from the very first date. Although men come in all sizes, ages, and attitudes, the authors find there are recurrent styles of male behavior and have broken it into specific categories. With The Men Out There: A Woman’s Little Black Book, women will learn what characteristics are associated with each personality type, what attracts them to it, and how they can succeed with such a partner.

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