* One and Only by Lauren Sandler

The author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One, as the subtitle suggests, has one child and is an only child herself and gives us a book-length defense of the supposed shortcomings  of “onlies” (as lonely, selfish, and neurotic). The science is thin, the personal anecdotes many, and it seems that a longish article could have served the same purpose in many fewer words. And the sometimes whiny tone grated on me, much like the one of Quiet, whose author wrote one of the back-cover blurbs…


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