Non-Fiction Informative Resources:
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Relatives: The American Myth of Cousin Marriage
Martin Ottenheimer, University of
Illinois Press, 1996 Paperback
Although a technically difficult
read, this book is invaluable for understanding how current social bias
against cousin marriage came about. The book takes you through the history
of religious views, legal impediments, and genetic research. Forbidden
Relatives is required reading in some University Anthropology courses.
Robin Fox, Cambridge University
Press, 1977, reprint 1984, Paperback/Hardcover
Also written for use as a textbook,
Kinship and Marriage is said to be both insightful and easy reading. The
book explains the logic of kinship systems according to four universal
A Unique and Powerful Bond
Johanna Garfield, iUniverse Press,
This book combines research with
the personal anecdotes of individuals interviewed by the author. It is
most useful for understanding the psychological bond between cousins. Only
two chapters cover romantic or marital relationships, and one must carefully
discern between the author's perspective and the source whom she quotes.
Marriage: Informational brochure covers the basic myths regarding cousin
marriage, and counter those myth's with documented facts.
Christine Balint, 2001
A young woman in 1854 escapes her
homeland, her family, and her betrothed to be with the cousin she loves.
Amazon customers gave the novel a 4-star average rating.
Cindy Bonner, 1999, Hardcover
Two lovers overcome obstacles during
the post-WWII era in this heart wrenching tale of substance. The story
is partially based on the life story of the author's grandmother. This
is not just sentimental fluff; It is a very accurate portrayal of what
many cousin couples face in terms of family disapproval and social stigma.
Amazon customers gave the novel a 5-star average rating.
Denise Giardina, 1994, Paperback/Hardcover
Unquiet Earth is set against the
backdrop of a mining community in West Virginia during the mid-1900's.
The forbidden love of two cousins and their illegitimate daughter spans
three decades and two generations. Amazon customers gave the novel a 5-star
Rose In Bloom
Louisa May Alcott, Paperback/Hardcover/Audio
In this classic sequel to Eight
Cousins, Rose finds herself the object of a romantic triangle involving
two of her older cousins. The young lady faces challenges as she enters
adulthood and must choose who is to be her husband. Read
Louisa May Alcott, Paperback/Hardcover
Following the death of her father,
a young girl adjusts to life on "The Aunt Hill" with her six fussy aunts,
an ingenious physician uncle, and 7 rambunctious male cousins. Amazon customers
gave the classic tale a 5-star average rating. Read
Jane Austen, Paperback/Hardcover/Audio/VHS
A financially destitute orphan is
taken in by wealthy relatives and develops a lifelong bond with one of
her cousins. The story makes a complete circle, from childhood friends,
to teenage flirtations with others, and eventually culminating in the realization
of their true feelings.
Jane Austen, Paperback/Hardcover/VHS
Jude The Obscure
Two sisters, polar opposites, grapple
with social and personal issues, including family inheritance and romantic
entanglements. The book was not rated on Amazon, but the movie version
has earned a 4 1/2 star average rating.
Thomas Hardy, 1895, reprint 1998,
Upon publication, the story's frank
approach to human sexuality and doom brought such controversy that the
author gave up novel-writing completely. The tragic love story's central
characters are cousins. However, the controversial issue was not about
their kinship, but about their infidelities. Both characters forsook their
spouses and chose to live together and raise a family, without the benefit
of divorce, much less marriage to each other. If the written ending is
even half as disturbing as the movie-version, you will be haunted long
after you've turned the last page. Amazon customers gave the novel a 4-star
average rating. Read
Bunny (The Classic Tales Series)Read
Kiss and Tell: A Family Affair
Christie A. Smith
This book will be 29 chapters
upon completion. It will cover much of what Martin Ottenheimer's book explores,
and more. The book will include anecdotal stories from individuals.
Brochures / Booklets in production:
Biblical Perspectives On Cousin Marriage
Booklet will contain a somewhat
expanded version of what is available on this website.
A Modern Look At Racism In America
Booklet will challenge society's
perception of racism, discrimination, and prejudice.