Books About Chosen Families

These reads redefine what it means to be a family.

Chosen Families

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You can’t choose your family. For as many dysfunctional broods who manage to make things work, there are those blood families for whom the arbitrary relationships dictated by birth and other bits of fate isn’t enough to stay together. In many cases—change, abandonment, different outlooks—many find their true families are the ones that they choose for themselves. These books contain some of the most unlikely families, brought together by real estate, abandoned in cars or at Walmarts, stranded on alien planets, or bound by utopian affinities and dystopian factions. In every case (well, except for one), they’re more of a family than the kin who raised them.

Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.

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About Natalie Zutter

Natalie Zutter

NATALIE ZUTTER has always been a voracious reader, from reading Agatha Christie and Entertainment Weekly above her age level as a kid to squeezing 52 books into the year whenever podcasts aren’t taking over her commute. A 2016 Amtrak Residency writer, Natalie also writes plays about superheroes and sex robots, and Tumblr rants about fandom. You can find her giggling over pop culture memes on Twitter @nataliezutter.