The Stuff of Family Life, published in 2017 (Rowman & Littlefield), won the silver award in the Families and Relationships Section of the Foreword 2017 INDIES Book Awards!

Between: Living Life in Neither Extreme (Montezuma Publishing, 2017) is a collection of essays that were formerly featured on my blog.

Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age (Routledge) was published in 2018.

Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research (Praeger) was published in 2019.

Sociocultural Dimensions of Childhood was published in 2020.

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

for The Stuff of Family Life: Foreword Reviews

“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

for The Stuff of Family Life: Booklist

“[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.”

for The Stuff of Family Life: 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

for The Stuff of Family Life: 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

for The Stuff of Family Life: American Library Association CHOICE Magazine

“If we ever thought,  as many of us did, that the digital age would crush romantic messages or make them evanescent, Janning has shown us that we were wrong; love just surfaces in a different form. This is a wonderful book full of rich and surprising details and very suitable for classes. Students can learn… Read More

for Love Letters: Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington

“In this insightful and enjoyable book, Michelle Janning draws readers into a deeper understanding of love letters as cultural artifacts. Utilizing innovative methods, this timely contribution tells an illuminating story about the ways in which we curate love letters — as reflections of collective values and individual experiences — that will appeal to a wide… Read More

for Love Letters: Adina Nack, California Lutheran University