The Last Resort by Alison Lurie

By Alison Lurie

On the finish of his tether, a author travels to Key West together with his spouse. She's hoping to cheer him up, yet he's hoping for whatever extra deadly . . .

Every schoolboy in the United States is aware the paintings of Wilkie Walker. A pioneering naturalist, he gained popularity and fortune together with his obtainable nature books. yet by the point he turns seventy, his renown is sort of long past. overdue at evening, he sits up torturing himself with fears that his profession was once a waste, his expertise is long past, and his physique is shot via with melanoma. His spouse, Jenny, twenty-five years more youthful than Wilkie, can inform simply that he's out of varieties. She has no proposal her husband is at the verge of giving up on life.

When Jenny indicates spending the iciness in Key West, Wilkie is going in addition to it. finally, if you want to devise a deadly "accident," Florida is a wonderfully sturdy position to take action. And once they contact down within the sunshine kingdom, the Walkers locate it's no longer too overdue to stay life—or finish it—however they rattling good please.

This book good points an illustrated biography of Alison Lurie together with infrequent pictures from the author's assortment.

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Ethnographic research from the cultural perspective that focuses on Hispanics depicts the Latino family as especially familistic, with loyalty to the family as paramount over individual needs. According to De Anda (1984), informal social supports provided by primary groups are expressed within Latino culture as extended kinship net­ works. These networks include both family and nonfamily members who have been adopted into the nuclear or extended family. It is argued that despite generational differences in levels of acculturation, strong family relationships remain characteristic of Hispanic popula­ tions.

The pattern of double descent, which was the only one recognized in America, was essentially unknown in the region of Africa from which American Blacks came (Billingsley, 1968). In African ethnic culture, marriage was not just the concern of the two individuals to be wed. Marriage united two famiUes into an elaborate system of extended kin. These kin relations had considerable influence on the married couple and were responsible for their well­ being. African society included three basic forms of marriage.

Although patterns of mutual aid and support are clearly established, as strength resiliency proponents argue, nuclear families are encouraged to function as relatively autonomous and independent units. One may choose to live near parents and other relatives, but the norm is that the nuclear family remains in an autonomous and separate residence (Williams, 1990). Finally, in focusing exclusively on Aztec cultural traditions, propo­ nents of the strength resiliency perspective disregard the influence of Spanish culture on the contemporary Chicano family.

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