The Stuff of Family Life, published in 2017 (Rowman & Littlefield), is a finalist for the Foreword 2017 INDIES Book Awards!

Between: Living Life in Neither Extreme (Montezuma Publishing) is a collection of essays that were formerly featured on my blog.

Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age (Routledge) will be out in June 2018.

Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research (Praeger) will be out in late 2018.

My books, with details available in the links below, are accessible to academic and general interest audiences. 


“The Stuff of Family Life, by Michelle Janning, is a fascinating sociological exploration of what material goods say about people and society. . . .The book is intelligent. It is also a relatable and entertaining read. . . .The Stuff of Family Life is an illuminating, well-researched and remarkable book. The insights it offers afford… Read More

Foreword Reviews: The Stuff of Family Life

“Have you ever considered why your house has a dining room? Or have you thought about which rooms in your house are public (such as the living room) or private (like the bedroom)? Sociologist Janning looks at spaces and items in modern American homes to understand the boundaries between public and private lives for families,… Read More

Booklist: The Stuff of Family Life

“[The Stuff of Family Life] is well-stocked with fun examples and intriguing analyses of how our homes and the stuff within them reveal more than we might have imagined. It’s a fascinating class in social issues, with Janning as a likable teacher.”

Notre Dame Magazine

“The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives speaks to the everyday reader through easy-to-follow text and language…. Janning truly combines education and entertainment in a nonfiction book accessible to casual readers through dedicated sociology students. I find her use of amusing anecdotes especially engaging. I found myself chuckling as I read some… Read More

The Parenting Patch

“Focusing on the meaning of objects associated with ‘home’ and with family-related social processes such as parenting, divorcing, and aging, Janning takes a sociological glimpse at several seemingly trivial but terribly relevant family topics. Her subjects are far ranging, including owners’ suites; living spaces with great rooms, toys, and photo albums; dining rooms, with evidence… Read More

American Library Association CHOICE Magazine