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Fair Play by Eve Rodsky
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Fair Play

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Eve Rodsky, on your first book!

by Eve Rodsky

Quick take

A necessity for partners working towards that domestic bliss. Think of it as pillow talk conversation starters.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Feminist

    Feminist

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_SocialIssues

    Social issues

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Inspirational

    Inspirational

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    Buzzy

Synopsis

It started with the Sh*t I Do List. Tired of being the "shefault" parent responsible for all aspects of her busy household, Eve Rodsky counted up all the unpaid, invisible work she was doing for her family—and then sent that list to her husband, asking for things to change. His response was... underwhelming. Rodsky realized that simply identifying the issue of unequal labor on the home front wasn't enough: She needed a solution to this universal problem. Her sanity, identity, career, and marriage depended on it.

The result is Fair Play: a time- and anxiety-saving system that offers couples a completely new way to divvy up domestic responsibilities. Rodsky interviewed more than five hundred men and women from all walks of life to figure out what the invisible work in a family actually entails and how to get it all done efficiently. With four easy-to-follow rules, 100 household tasks, and a figurative card game you play with your partner, Fair Play helps you prioritize what's important to your family and who should take the lead on every chore from laundry to homework to dinner.

"Winning" this game means rebalancing your home life, reigniting your relationship with your significant other, and reclaiming your Unicorn Space—as in, the time to develop the skills and passions that keep you interested and interesting. Are you ready to try Fair Play? Let's deal you in.

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405 ratings
  • 24% Love
  • 49% Like
  • 21% Dislike
  • Folsom, CA

    This book validated so many feelings that I have been having. It also makes me see that while I do a lot, there are also tasks that my husband takes care of so I don’t have to think about them. :-)

  • Abilene, TX

    Very informative and definitely made me reflect on myself and on my relationship. I have also been looking at performing tasks differently and being more thoughtful with my decisions.

  • Dillsboro, IN

    Wow! I needed this book 10 yrs ago when my children were little. Every couple with small children need to play this game. We would have so many more saved marriages!!!

  • Oak Park , IL

    This is really only for couples with kids, or extremely busy couples w/o, but I got a LOT of advice from it and my husband and I are looking at trying this method out.

  • Ankeny, IA

    The writing is inclusive & welcoming; I was drawn in right away! The ideas put forth are so interesting & I cant wait to implement in my house

  • Madison, WI

    Super relatable, and it didn't feel like an attack on either partner. Lived the real life stories. Tons of good information.

  • Los Angeles, CA

    I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad I read it before I got married and had kids so I can be proactive in my approach.

  • Rogers, AR

    After reading, I realized just how much I am responsible for! No wonder I’m feeling like such a mess all the time!

  • Dallas, TX

    I felt so validated reading through this book and immediately recommended it to all of my closest girlfriends.

  • Charlottesville, VA

    This book was really helpful as my husband and I navigate our first time parenting and juggling two careers!

  • Grand Rapids, MI

    So many helpful tips for marriage. Glad im reading this before kids.

  • Gloversville, NY

    Common sense presented in a fun and effective way!

  • Evanston, IL

    Loved this book! Incredibly insightful and useful

  • Hagerstown, MD

    Interesting way to look at things!

  • Ridgecrest, CA

    A great conversation starter.

  • Medfield, MA

    Life-changing!

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Essays
  • Calypso
  • Trick Mirror
  • Shrill
  • Fair Play
  • What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
  • Thick