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Sparkle (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mara Altman ,  
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Last fall, newly-engaged author Mara Altman rejected the showy sparkle of a multi-carat diamond ring, and chose instead a simple, three-figure bauble. But why? There began her reportorial journey to find the true connection of diamonds to marriage -- and to love.

Editorial Reviews Review

The tradition of giving a diamond solitaire engagement ring has long been the ultimate statement of love and romance, but no sooner does newly engaged Mara Altman set her sights on a unique, inexpensive, and--gasp--muddy brown diamond ring, than she begins to doubt the decision of breaking this custom. If she doesn’t have a diamond ring, are others questioning the strength of her relationship and the depth of her love? In an almost obsessive quest, Altman seeks to discover how and when the tradition of diamond engagement rings began. Her witty insight, thoughtful observations, and self-deprecating humor lend this Kindle Single its unique luster, resulting in a modern look at the meaning behind happily ever after. --Shirley Hong

Product Details

  • File Size: 121 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QOA434
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling! March 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Made the mistake of downloading this at work... couldn't let it go til I was done.
Loved every word of it - I myself opted for a simpler engagement ring, I never understood the Tiffany craze or why a man should ruin himself on a ring... I prefer putting down money on a house. But that's just me. Or it's me and Mara Altman.
I had read "Thanks for Coming", her novel, before reading this and she never disappoints. Always funny, always witty, always uncomfortably honest.
Great read! I highly recommend it, whether you care about engagement rings or not.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Kindle Single! March 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
cute! this was my first kindle single and it definitely didn't disappoint. Maya Altman is outrightly honest, funny and slightly flamboyan in her descriptions but also does a very good job summing up the background and tradition embedded in engagement rings. I personally liked this because I recently researched the high cost of engagement rings out of interest and found her discussion around this topic honest, funny and a good, quick read. I think I will definitely read more Kindle singles based on this experience... more expensive but definitely gives you a great feeling of accomplishment after reading through something quickly :)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear-jerking humor! April 2, 2011
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This story was wonderful! I was reading it through tears of laughter the whole time. It was heart-felt and honest, and I very much appreciate knowing the fact that I am not the only 20-something year old out there with some doubt and wonder on this subject. This story may not please some hard core newly engaged fanatics but it was just what I needed for an afternoon read! <3 Loved it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was only $1.99 March 14, 2011
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The author is very crass and tries way too hard (and unsuccessfully) to be "quirky." The content of the book was not very interesting, and only contained info which I believe is pretty common knowledge these days. On the plus side, I will never be able to look at a three stone ring again without laughing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, interesting, and good for a nice laugh May 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. The character's obsession with her new wedding ring leads her to an exploration of the history behind, including everything from interviews with professors to anecdotes from her friends. And also, to tell herself that she is not following the rest because of her new ring. It was very funny at times, so much that i would laugh out laud, and it also made you think about the entire wedding ring concept and how superfluous it can be at times. Read it with my kindle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Little Book March 29, 2011
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I enjoyed this fun little book, not only does it offer a brief history of engagement traditions, but human nature. Mara's easy writing style and sharp comments on life often caused me to chuckle. While the history of diamonds and their use in engagement rituals will probably cause you to cringe, Mara's look at her own thoughts and reacts to the affair are heartwarming and a bit enlightening. If you're looking for a short, fun read, by all means give this book a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & thought provoking September 20, 2013
By Sasha
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This is the first kindle single I've ever read and I very much enjoyed it. Altman is a great writer with a fantastic sense of humor. This was well worth $2.99. My only complaint is a wish it was longer cause the writing was so good I felt like it ended too soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting read June 20, 2013
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What does the size of the diamond say about you and yours truly? Loved the humorous way the writer expressed how it is to go against unspoken rules of the engagement ritual and her research was truly amazing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with answers
when my wife and I were ring shopping it really opened my eyes to how much time and money people put into searching for the right ring. Read more
Published 3 days ago by MissMia
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It was a distraction though I learned much about the tradition on engagement rings
Published 2 months ago by Ing SaDel
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Full of fun facts about engagement rings and an interesting view point from Altman. I feel like I should read it again just to make sure I get her point
Published 2 months ago by Nicole
1.0 out of 5 stars This was a really weird book.
This was a really weird book. It is very well written but it sounds likd afrustrated woman who doesn't know what she wants
Published 2 months ago by Kay Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars OK
This book was OK but I would not recommend it. The only positive thing I can say about it, is that it is short.
Published 2 months ago by Jacquelin G Bates
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a pleasant read
I wish the ending had a more definitive ending. But I enjoyed reading it for the most part. I recommend.
Published 5 months ago by D. Goldberg
3.0 out of 5 stars it was okayyy
I learned a bit about ring history, but I didn't love it. Some lines were funny, but I wouldn't read it again.
Published 8 months ago by natalie poitevien
2.0 out of 5 stars Sparkle
It was ok, just not my style of writing, since I prefer nonfiction. Not sure why I even bought it! Good beach read I guess.
Published 11 months ago by Julianna Freeauf
3.0 out of 5 stars Sparkle with a dull shine...
I don't want to drop any spoilers so let's just say it was an interesting read but I wanted more substance in the end. The best part...I only spent $1.99 on the Kindle version!
Published 12 months ago by WorkerB's
5.0 out of 5 stars book
The Item was as described. It arrived earlier than expected delivery date. I would recommend the item & the seller.
Published 14 months ago by Dawn Kunar
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More About the Author

Mara Altman writes about issues that embarrass her (i.e. chin hair), because she has found that putting shame on the page diffuses the stigma, leaving her with a sense of empowerment and freedom.

Over time, Mara has become progressively fearful of airplane flights, but less concerned with getting fat (in the Spring of 2010, she started to eat bacon). She feels most inspired when walking across bridges and lives the perpetual Catch-22 of not being able to go to sleep without first drinking a glass of water, but then having to get up to pee at 3 a.m. She reminds herself that things could always be worse. Then she's stuck thinking about all the bad things that could happen. And then she can't get back to sleep.

Mara has published two best-selling Kindle Singles. Thanks for Coming, her first book, which follows her on an adventure to find her orgasm, was translated into three languages - German, Spanish and Portuguese. The book was also optioned by HBO. Before going freelance, she worked at daily newspapers both in India and Thailand and was a staff writer for the Village Voice. She is currently dabbling in stand-up comedy. You can see a recent set here:

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