In 'Full Circles, Overlapping Lives', Mary Catherine Bateson gives us a new way of looking at ourselves, our families, our communities-indeed at the very concept of identity in a changing world. Bateson opens our eyes here to the meaning of life in a culture at the crossroads. Bateson begins with a premise at once startling and deeply resonant - we live with strangers-and with strangeness-not only in the shifting worlds of our cities and neighborhoods, but within our families and ourselves. Yet as she explores her own life and the lives of her remarkable students, an even more profound insight emerges - strangeness and love are not contradictory. Listening across generations, weaving together the shining strands of family narratives, pondering the questions of fidelity and connection, exploration and illness, vision and improvisation, Bateson creates a prism through which we can all glimpse facets of our true selves.