Customs: The Loving Americans

"I have often been struck by the self-containedness of the family lives of most of the Americans I have met. Their lives seem to center on the immediate family much more than ours do, while their links with remoter relations and friends seem to be much looser."

This judgment, in Britain's Manchester Guardian, is by a top journalist with the improbable name of Taya Zinkin, who is married to an executive of Unilever Ltd. and has spent considerable time in the U.S. studying at the University of Wisconsin and visiting her White Russian...

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