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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot (May 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446197971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446197977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Lipton's second effort (after It's About Your Husband) is a feast of standard genre fare redeemed by the author's wit. After a night of partying in Vegas, Peggy Adams wakes up married to a stranger. Her new husband is Luke Sedgwick, scion of an old Connecticut family who manages the dwindling family fortune and cares for his elderly aunt Abigail in the crumbling ancestral manse. When Peggy arrives in Connecticut to sign the annulment papers, Abigail intervenes, unwilling to let the last living Sedgwick get divorced on her watch. She poses a deal: if they stay married for a year, Abigail will allow them to sell the Sedgwick estate and split the proceeds. Since Peggy needs a windfall to save her faltering business and Luke wants to pursue his dream of becoming a writer, they agree, but married life brings plenty of familiar obstacles and a foregone romantic conclusion. Lipton's skewering of WASPy culture is reliably entertaining, and her perfectly mismatched leads are sturdier than most. It won't change your life, but it'll help kill a couple hours at the beach. (May)
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From Booklist

Like many outlandish stories, this one begins in Vegas. At a friend’s bachelorette weekend, Peggy wakes up with a stranger. She considers it a one-time failing and guiltily returns to New York and her long-term boyfriend. Soon after, though, she hears from Luke, her mystery man, who reveals that they were married. Rather than annul the marriage, Luke and Peggy strike a deal. If they stay together one year, Luke’s great-aunt will allow him to sell the family estate—and they’ll split the proceeds. Peggy can save her struggling shop, and Luke can break free from his obligation to his family’s dwindling assets. What begins as a marriage of convenience becomes much more as Peggy and Luke’s lives intertwine and she becomes close to his great-aunt. Lipton, the author of It’s about Your Husband (2006), writes a predictable yet appealing romantic comedy. --Aleksandra Walker

More About the Author

Lauren Lipton is the author of the novels It's About Your Husband and Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, and a freelance journalist covering style, beauty, business and trends.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Woman, Ladies' Home Journal, In Style Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Best Life, Conde Nast Portfolio, Glamour, Marie Claire, Fit Pregnancy and Working Mother; on Forbes.com and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times.

Visit her at www.laurenlipton.com

Customer Reviews

Lipton has crafted an entertaining read with likable characters.
Luanne Ollivier
The story moves quickly and keeps you interested - I took it to the tub last night, thinking I'd read one chapter and couldn't stop until I'd finished.
MizB
This is apparently Lipton's second novel, but I haven't read the first (It's About Your Husband) so I can't be certain if her style improved or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Quinn on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
After waking up together in a hotel room in Vegas, Peggy and Luke discover they are now man and wife. Since Peggy has a pre-engagement agreement with her boyfriend, and Luke is caring for his elderly great-aunt while trying to write, they agree an annullment is in order. Once Great Aunt Abigail learns of the marriage, their separation plans are thwarted by her offer to sign over the family estate to them if they stay married for one year.

OK, so the plot falls nicely into the realm of "only in a chick lit book", and most of the confusion and conflict in the book could have been eliminated if the Luke and Peggy simply had an open and honest conversation about anything at all- I enjoyed this book regardless. Great-Aunt Abigail was a wonderful character, one whose poignant characterization helped carry this book to a four star rating. Lipton's writing is wonderful and at times the book is laugh-out-loud funny. A great escapist fantasy about why what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas, this book should be a must-read for your summer vacation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Agusto-Cox on May 27, 2009
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What happens when a cautious, anxious New Yorker, Peggy Adams, spends time in Las Vegas for a friend's last hoorah and sends caution to the wind, gets drunk, and meets a stranger? A quickie wedding and a huge hangover, followed by a deal of a lifetime for herself and her new husband, Luke Sedgwick.

Luke is a WASP and the last of the old world Sedgwicks of Connecticut, and the last hope for an heir to the not-so-large family fortune. Luke is a writer. . . a struggling poet, with an on-again, off-again girlfriend, Nicole, that his great-aunt, Abigail, despises. Peggy is mistaken by Abigail for the relative of an old Connecticut family, though hers is from out west, and she scrambles to please her new family, while keeping her live-in boyfriend, Brock, who is afraid to commit, in the dark about her marriage.

Lipton has a gift for chicklit/women's fiction that is witty, fun, and vivacious. Both of these characters are anxious to break free from their current lives, but unable to make the move. Mating Rituals of the North American WASP will keep readers turning pages and will make the summer fly by. Lipton's prose paints a clear picture of small-town Connecticut and its unique characters and sets the stage for a comedic plot steeped in romance, drama, and much more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wrathobetty on July 27, 2009
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This isn't the sort of thing I usually read, but it was a fun summer beach read and kept me laughing. I liked the characters, the New England setting, and who can't relate to that awful feeling you had the day after, waking up and thinking, "Did I really do that? Or was it just a dream?" If you're looking for a good romantic comedy, this would be a great choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Obianuju Inya-Agha on February 4, 2011
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Save your money - I love chick lit, but this shouldn't even be called literature - the author seems to have included major themes off a check list, and while she does a technically good job, the book includes excessive detail on a bunch of irrelevant stuff. The main characters are barely believable, the misunderstanding between them just plain silly. By the time the book ends, all I feel is impatience with myself for the time I lost reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Peterson on July 12, 2009
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The first time I heard about MATING RITUALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WASP by Lauren Lipton was when I was sent a link for the Facebook fan page. I just thought the title was so smart and the cover was precious, and I have to admit that both things attracted me to this novel. (Of course, I am a child of the 80s and probably owned a shirt just like this one twenty-five years ago. I still love preppy clothes; and, I have to admit I was a little tempted when I was shopping last week and saw a Tommy Hilfiger shirt this exact style and color.....but I digress.)

I enjoyed MATING RITUALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WASP very much. It is a light, fun story; and I have a feeling that a lot of women will enjoy reading it this summer. It really is an ideal book to read while you're at the pool or beach. The plot is basically a cute and funny romance story that takes place in reverse. The book begins when Peggy goes to Las Vegas with some friends and wakes up next to a stranger, Luke. She has no idea who he is or what she did with him (yes, there was alcohol involved.) She returns home to New York and her fiance to find that she married a stranger who just happens to live in Connecticut. This book points out that "what happens in Vegas" doesn't always "stay in Vegas." For a variety of monetary reasons, Peggy and Luke decide to stay together and pretend that they married for love. You can probably guess that they eventually do fall in love; however there are lots of ups and downs in their relationship until they both realize their feelings. See what I mean about in reverse?

I'm going to be honest and tell you that I didn't love Peggy for most of the book, and I only liked Luke, her husband, slightly better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monie Garcia VINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
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Frustrated that it only took her friend Andrea thirteen months to met and get engaged to her dream-man, Peggy Adams gets into fight with her boyfriend of seven years because he refuses to consider marriage. She escapes to Vegas for Andrea's bachelorette party and proceeds to get stinking drunk.

The next morning she wakes up in a stranger's bedroom, (fully clothed thank goodness) and sneaks away. Back home again the guilt is almost overwhelming when her boyfriend Brock presents her with an engaged to be engaged ring. But things get shaken up when she gets a phone call from the Vegas stranger. It seems that while she was blissfully drunk, she married Luke Sedgwick, the stuffy and proper WASP from Connecticut.

Intent on having the marriage annulled Peggy meets with Luke and his lawyer. Living in a town with a population of less than 3,500 it's hard to keep secrets but it still surprising when Luke's great aunt, Abigail finds out about the marriage. With the goal of keeping the Sedgwick dynasty alive she makes the pair an offer they can't refuse and the charade of the weekend wife begins.

I thought this book was wonderful. Luke and Peggy are unpredictable and endearing. I found myself shaking my fist at them saying, "Enough already. You know you love each other!" Luke is stuffy and comes from a long line of WASPs yet he has a soft heart, writes poetry and can recite Yeats by heart. Peggy yearns for marriage but after years of chasing the dream she now has a husband and two others pursuing her.

After reading Mating Rituals of the North American WASP I'm definitely going back to read Lipton's first book, It's About Your Husband. This has been one of my favorite books this year and I highly recommend it for chick-lit and contemporary romance lovers.
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