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Book of Us: A Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions Hardcover – January 6, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078686477X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786864775
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

For the diehard romantic, there may be nothing so thrilling as chronicling that one true love. The Book of Us presents 150 topics on the subject--ranging from "Before I met you, my love life was..." to "One of the reasons I think we lasted so long as a couple is that..." Like David Marshall's earlier book, The Book of Myself, which is also a keepsake, this book makes us wish it were prettier. But it is the thought that counts, and a lot of thought will go into turning these empty pages into something a spouse, one's children, and then their children will cherish. And not to fear: While this is a very sweet book, there is also plenty of room here to ruminate on the less saccharine aspects of life partnership: financial crises, humorous escapades, parenting woes, and home-improvement projects. A word to gay readers: One of the book's five sections focuses on "Tying the Knot"; some of the questions specifically address elements such as the bachelor party and the wedding dress, but most of the questions are generic enough to apply to any type of commitment ceremony. --Jane Steinberg

About the Author

During their seventeen years of courtship and marriage, Kate and David Marshall have lived in New York City; Mexico City; Atlanta; Cambridge, Mass.; Munich and the San Francisco Bay area. Their children, Emily and Ben, are the other loves in their lives.
Kate manages the marketing program for a publishing company. She also counsels callers in crisis on a hotline and coordinates parent education for local schools. Kate and David are the co-authors of The Book of My Pet.
David is a marketing executive in a leading adult education software firm and is the co-author of The Book of Myself.

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Customer Reviews

Love the book, helps to tell someone how you feel.
R. Villarreal
Overall the book has a great meaning and I think they will really enjoy doing the book together through out their marriage once they do get married.
Bethany
I gave this book, all filled out to my husband for our 1 year anniversary.
Erin Huelsman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My friend's husband died 6 months ago. This book has been her grief companion, as she puts on paper the many memories they had created together. It means a lot to her to have this record of their love. In moments when she misses him, she reads some of the stories she's recorded and feels him close again.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By JET VINE VOICE on April 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a birthday gift for my fiance. We have been together over 2 years and are getting married in about 100 days.
I thought that this book would be very sweet if I filled out everything up to the wedding/marriage part. However, I think that this book might be a bit hokey if just bought and given to someone blank. However, if you're willing to start filling it out, it gives your companion an interesting way to look at memories and will encourage him/her to fill it out further.
I would not suggest getting this book if you are only dating or if you are newly dating: it defines and confines your relationship too much. But this is a great book if you are a couple who are not always together. My fiance lives in England, and we often enjoy sharing memories of our courtship, our vacations, etc. This is a perfect way for your partner to hear your voice and cherish memories when he/she is alone, or when you are unavailable.
A good gift for someone/a couple who is romantic, nostalgic, and interested in a little project or creativity.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have several friends getting married this Spring so I've been looking for inexpensive yet nice, thoughtful gifts. This book really fits the bill. I'm buying one for all the showers I'm going to. It's a wonderful way to show your support for the couple's future together. It's a lovely, touching book that shows you care.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By reviewer650 on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for chronicling events and memories of the couple. The format of the book is that there's a question prompt at the top of the page and 1-2 blank pages following for you to answer. I would say it acts like a great journal, but really one person only need to fill it up (most likely we can guess which of the couple will take time to write in it).

If you want a book where the couple can really interact and learn about each other, I'd recommend: All About Us. It has some of the question & long answer-type format, but it also has series of multiple choice questions and short answer sections. It's a lot of fun, too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Matthews on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my husband for our 10th anniversary and he loved it! I had completed the entire book before I gave it to him and it is a great thing to pass on to your kids.

I also bought one for my parents to fill out. They have been married for 42 years and are having a BLAST filling it out together!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Clark on May 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really do love this book, but there is honestly not enough room for two people to have space to write. I bought the book thinking that there would be a space for me to write and a space for my fiance to write. I wanted us to take turns, knowing that we'd each remember different details and express things differently, but there is only one small page for each question and the lines are spaced widely so you don't really get much room. I love to write, especially when the purpose is to remember things and descibe them in enough detail that your words will make the events come back years later. I am having trouble fitting everything I want into this book (and the paper is a bit thin--you can see the ink through it sometimes). But I have liked the questions and organization of the book so much that I am buying another for my fiance to fill in before our wedding. We will fill them out separately and then give them to one another as wedding presents.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm excited about this journal. I'm filling it out as a special surprise gift for my husband for Valentine's Day. After 25 years of marriage, I wanted something more unique than chocolate to give him. This book is really helping me express my love for him by creating a collection of our memories, from when we first met, dating, the wedding, our early marriage years and now our middle years. This book makes it easy to do. Thanks to the authors of this great little book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank Garriel on February 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It'll be fun to look back at it in 40 years, but it's important to realize that you're being confined to a set of specific questions/topics. They're widely varied, and not all of them may apply to you.

Perhaps the most important thing to realize is that you're going to be forc.. errr... strongly encouraged by your wife to define your relationship in 20-hand-written-line increments, one page at a time.

It's hopelessly romantic, but all-in-all a fun thing to look at later on.
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