We are bombarded by extremes. Life is presented to us in our social media feeds, by our politicians, and sometimes by our opinionated friends and relatives as if every issue was simple and only open to two opposing sides.

In our real experiences, though, we often find ourselves between things — between opinions, between places where we spend our time, between identities, between moods, between life stages, between networks of people, and even between preferences for clothing styles, food, and furniture.

Between: Living Life in Neither Extreme takes issues that emerge from the news, popular culture, and the author’s past and present experiences and plops them into a set of essays that reflect the reality of our complex and messy lives. From family life to politics, from body issues to the workplace, each essay contains bits of my sociological wisdom that stems from spending the last two decades helping students learn about the blurred boundaries of our everyday social lives.

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