TRACYS LANDING, Md. — Author Maria Leonard Olsen announces the nationwide release of her eye-opening new book, “Not the Cleaver Family: The New Normal in Modern American Families.” The book’s hardback edition will be up for grabs early December.
As a biracial woman, Olsen was frequently mistaken as the nanny of her lighter-skinned children. Assumptions have not quite caught up with America’s melting pot reality. The contemporary American family has changed drastically. Within 30 years, less than half of the U.S. population will be white. Laws prohibiting interracial marriage were banned in 1967 by the Supreme Court, and same-sex marriage is now legal. Cultural shifts and science have allowed the typical American family to no longer resemble the Cleavers of a generation ago.
“Not the Cleaver Family” is based on hundreds of interviews with families across the country, and illustrates just how the normative paradigm of the American family has changed. From these stories, readers can examine the scope of the changes and sometimes ignorant reactions to such changes. This book is designed to raise their collective consciousness about what the contemporary American family has become and to help educators and caring citizens to remain aware of the evolving society.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Olsen is a biracial woman whose parents were forbidden by law to marry in their home state of Maryland in the early 1960s. A mother of two children, she is a lawyer, a journalist and an author of the children’s book, “Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown?” Olsen graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, served in the Clinton administration’s justice department and fostered newborn babies awaiting adoption. She has been on the boards of Children’s National Medical Center BOV, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, GirlsUp and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington. Olsen, who resides in Maryland, has written for the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, Parenting, BabyTalk and Washington for Women.