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Fair Play
Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
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Eve Rodsky is changing society one relationship at a time, by coming up with a 21st-century solution to an age-old problem: women shouldering the brunt of domestic responsibilities, the mental load, the emotional labour. Everything that is required to keep the fridge full, the children's homework in their schoolbags, and the the household running. The unequal division of all this invisible work in relationships is a recipe for disaster, but no one has offered a real solution to this dilemma, until now. Eve Rodsky was tired of always being the one who has to remember to buy loo roll, or to book the family's dentist appointments, or to send the thank you cards - all while working full time. So Eve decided to do what she does every day as an organisational psychologist: Organise. She conducted original research with more than 500 couples to figure out WHAT the invisible work in a family actually is and HOW to get it done effectively and all in a way that makes relationships even stronger. FAIR PLAY identifies the 100 main tasks in any relationship, and then divides those tasks fairly (not necessarily equally) so that both parties contribute their fair share. If we don't learn to rebalance our home life and reclaim some time to develop the skills and passions that keep us unique, then we risk losing our right to be interesting, not just to our partner, but to ourselves. Getting this right isn't a luxury, it's a necessity for a happy, lasting partnership. Part how-to guide for couples, part modern relationship manifesto, FAIR PLAY offers an innovative system with a completely original lexicon to discuss how relationships actually work ... and how we can make them work better.
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marleed
Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
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Mehso-so

There is nothing about my current life in which I‘m the intended audience here, but my self-imposed reading for the RW Bookclub made this an October requirement.
...It was interesting to read in retrospect, and recall times where I was convinced I was the single busiest woman in the world. ...I felt this advice paints family life as a drudgery to endure. I wish I could tell my young-mom self that those moments now are the best I ever had.

Alora Love her book club but I sat this one out :( Did you enjoy it? 1mo
marleed @Alora I think she‘s speaking to a very specific audience - Young busy hetero married couple with young kids where male earns the larger income. I was that at one time but my life is very different now. For the most part, it would not have worked for us because it treats family life like a business, and neither of us would have wanted to treat our family life that way. But still interesting points to consider. 1mo
Alora @marleed Wow thats different! Interesting for sure! I‘m excited to see next months. It will be the first month I participate! 😀📖 I‘ve read the other books suggested but not during the same month as everyone else! So this should be fun. 1mo
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marleed @Alora I have so much fun reading her picks. Some I‘ve liked much more than others but that‘s part of the fun. I follow her news feed closely on the last day of the month hoping the hints and guesses were right as I put a library hold on the best guess. Sometimes I end up with the lib loan on day 1 which makes me feel like I won the lottery! And my mostly thrifted physical collection of RW bookclub picks is growing quickly! 1mo
Alora @marleed That‘s so awesome! I have followed on the last day as well hoping to guess the pick. Never been right though. My favourites so far have been Daisy Jones and The Six and Where The Crawdads Sing. Hands down two of my favourites this year, maybe all time! 😍 1mo
marleed @Alora I was so obsessed with DJATS (book and audio) that I ordered the hardback of Evelyn Hugo. I loved that so much that I ordered 4 more TJR paperbacks. Finished and loved 2. I deliberately didn‘t dive into my last 2 so I can anticipate my new favorite author for a while! 1mo
Alora Hahaha yes!! I‘m waiting for Evelyn Hugo right now! I‘ll have to check out her others as well! 1mo
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suvata
Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
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#ReeseWitherspoon Book Club October 2019 pick

I listened to about 50% of this self-help audiobook and just couldn‘t take it any more. Too much anger and talk of “unicorn space”! It‘s actually quite sad that modern relationships have become so petty — couples trying to one-up each other.

Cathythoughts I think I‘d have bailed too .... “ unicorn space “ 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
TrishB Doesn‘t sound like something I‘d read! 1mo
Stacypatrice What the heck is 🦄space? 1mo
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Freespirit I wondered what unicorn space is too @Stacypatrice 😬 (edited) 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks I was surprised by this pick 1mo
Amandajoy @Stacypatrice @Freespirit I was wondering that too. Sounds like it should have a lot of glitter. 1mo
suvata @Stacypatrice @Freespirit @Amandajoy According to the book, “Winning” this game means rebalancing your home life, reigniting your relationship with your significant other, and reclaiming your Unicorn Space — as in, the time to develop the skills and passions that keep you interested and interesting. 1mo
Stacypatrice @suvata - And I was thinking “unicorn space” would be more like “give me some personal time or I‘ll stab you with my horn!” 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
suvata @Stacypatrice I like that better. LOL 1mo
Freespirit Ha ha..that‘s so funny @Stacypatrice 😂😂😂 1mo
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nomadreader
Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
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So far, not representative of my life and marriage, but quite interesting #hellosunshine

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rather_be_reading
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Reese's October pick!

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
Mehso-so

Our publishers rep gave us a heads up that this is about to be a pick for Reese Witherspoon‘s book club. It is very narrowly geared toward hetero couples with children, in relationships in which one partner (typically the woman) is carrying a deeply unfair portion of the work required to manage household affairs and family obligations. It offers a practical card game tool for rebalancing a couples household chores.

jillrhudy That‘s a great insider piece of news that I wish I‘d seen when you posted it. Following you! (edited) 1mo
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