Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home

Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home

by Caitlin Shetterly

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Overview

Nothing turns a baby's head more quickly than the sight or sound of an animal. This fascination is driven by the ancient chemical forces that first drew humans and animals together. It is also the same biology that transformed wolves into dogs and skittish horses into valiant comrades that would carry us into battle.

Made for Each Other is the first book to explain how this chemistry of attraction and attachment flows through -- and between -- all mammals to create the profound emotional bonds humans and animals still feel today.

Drawing on recent discoveries from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, behavioral psychology, archeology, as well as her own investigations, Meg Daley Olmert explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other also has a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.

This lively and original investigation asks what happens when the bond is severed. If thousands of years of caring for animals infused us with a biology that shaped our hearts and minds, do we dare turn our back on it? Daley Olmert makes a compelling and scientific case for what our hearts have always known, that we were, and always will be, made for each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401396619
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Caitlin Shetterly is a freelance writer, contributor to National Public Radio, actor and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Winter Harbor Theatre Company. She makes her life in Portland, Maine, with her husband, the photographer Dan Davis, their son and their dog, Hopper.

What People are Saying About This

Reeve Lindbergh

Caitlin Shetterly has written an eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous account of a young couple in the midst of a devastating economic crisis. A sense of the present, here and now, is startlingly real, and a feeling emerges that this new generation is facing challenges we have not seen since the time of their grandparents. (Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under a Wing: A Memoir and No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

Isabel Gillies

Caitlin Shetterly's lovely, moving account of her small family's journey to seek out and attain the sometimes elusive American dream will resonate with anyone who has had a tough time, and who hoped and tried hard to keep going. (Isabel Gillies, author of Happens Every Day: All All-Too- True Story)

Terry Tempest Williams

In a world of uncertainty, we are offered a thoughtful pause, from a writer of uncommon resonance, heart, and verve. When Caitlin Shetterly and her husband, Dan, moved to Los Angeles, California, in early 2008, they never imagined they would be among those who would find themselves in a terrifying economic free fall—out of work, far from family, with options dwindling. In Made for You and Me, Caitlin's memoir of that time, she has written an open letter to all of us, mobile or rooted, about what it means to search for one kind of 'American Dream' and yield to another.

Made for You and Me is a chronicle of change through love— sometimes painful, sometimes funny, often moving. What matters about this book is its revelation that what we think we want is not what we really need, which is family, community, and a meaningful life. This book will make many, many people feel less lonely in the world. (Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World)

Jane Brox

With her candid, open-hearted account of dreams and ambitions waylaid by the Great Recession, Caitlin Shetterly has given us a chronicle of our hard times. Her young family's bewildering journey across the country and back again ultimately stands as a testament to both resilience and reliance. This is a beautifully-told story informed by a sharp eye and a generous spirit. (Jane Brox, author of Five Thousand Days Like This One: An American Family History and Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light)

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