The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today by Andrew J. Cherlin, Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95
The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century by Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz Beacon Press, 228 pages, $24.95
When Richard Schwartz, one of the authors of The Lonely American, was shoveling snow after a storm a few years ago, he looked up and noticed that all the other shovelers on his street were hired crews. Gone were the days when he and his neighbors used to tackle the job together, pausing from their task to reconnect socially. That change may now have some bearing on how Americans confront another kind of storm -- in the economy.