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Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

Fair Play


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by Eve Rodsky

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

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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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Member ratings (831)

  • Chelsie J.

    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. :-)

  • Kim B.

    Coraopolis, PA

    If you feel burnt out at home or like you're alway the one in charge/default patrent and home-manager, GET THIS BOOK. It is so completely relatable and more importantly, helpful. Engaging prose too!

  • Helen H.

    East Boston, MA

    This book covers dynamics of heteronormative relationship that it have been worried about as I become older and enter more serious relationships. I think the ideas are relevant to all relationships.

  • Emily F.

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I’m all about this book. It’s been a slow read (as most non-fiction tends to be for me) but it hit on several sore spots in my home life and gave practical solutions for addressing them.

  • Melissa J.

    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.

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