Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a journalist based in Boulder, Colorado. Over 1,500 people participated in her survey on unconventional relationships, and she distilled their experiences into a series of fascinating books that challenge the social construct of the “Relationship Escalator.”

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Stepping off the Relationship Escalator: Uncommon Love and Life (Volume 1)

Love is not one-size-fits-all — yet people often assume that healthy, serious relationships all must follow the same basic path. The “Relationship Escalator” is society’s bundle of conventions for intimate relationships: monogamy, living together, marriage and more, ideally until death do you part. Beyond this, it might not be obvious what your options are. This book will help you discover less common relationship options that might suit you, empower you to negotiate your relationships, and much more.