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Product Details

  • Series: Picador True Tales
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250041775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250041777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining beach read… [and] a nice way to provide your besties with reading material for the bachelorette weekend."—Lauren Conrad

"A surprisingly moving oral history of wedding party experiences, ranging from brothers who have served as bridesmen to the 13-year-old responsible for folding Princess Diana’s legendary train at the royal wedding."—The Cut

"Hysterical….The Bridesmaids will have you cracking up in your lounge chair."—Cosmopolitan.com, Getaway Must-Haves

"Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a wedding party newbie, you’re sure to pick up some tips (and have a few laughs) while reading Lynch’s heartwarming ode to being a bridesmaid."—Birchbox Book Club

"Lynch is something of a modern wedding expert… A collection of short, true stories based on her conversations with bridesmaids of all stripes."—The New Republic

"This insider's look at the bridesmaid experience compiled by Lynch is fun to read, as well as a cautionary tale for both bridesmaids and brides… A collection of tales both wacky and touching dished out by bridesmaids from all walks of life." —Natalie Papailiou, Shelf Awareness

"Some of the stories are absolutely hilarious; some are so touching you need to wipe tears from your eyes…. If you are a bridesmaid-to-be or planning a wedding yourself, I highly recommend pickup up this book."—The Oklahoman

"You can’t go wrong with this book."—Library Journal

"Lynch explores the true stories of bridesmaids… including the woman who carried Princess Diana’s 25-foot train down the aisle and a woman who walked down the aisle of a prison to support her sister."—Chicago Tribune

"An intimate oral history of the silly, funny, and lovely aspects of being a bridesmaid; readers can decide for themselves what they think about the modern wedding experience."—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Eimear Lynch is a writer and editor who has worked at Condé Nast Traveler, Town & Country, and Bloomberg Businessweek. A five-time bridesmaid, she lives in Brooklyn. Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.


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I imagine this would be a great bridesmaids gift, or perhaps a beachy bachelorette party.
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Eimear's wit and way of finding her subjects is remarkable and what makes this book full of intriguing stories.
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Readers will be intrigued from beginning to end, and will fly through this little gem of a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By talley on July 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
Reading this book was the equivalent of listening to someone speak in a monotone. It was as though Ms. Lynch forced a group of bridesmaids to write something akin to a 5th grader having to recount “What I did on my summer vacation.” While it is not necessary to have an MFA in creative writing to write something that is interesting and entertaining, the 3-5 page snippets of dozens of bridesmaid’s experiences do not make for riveting reading. I only got to page 91 of the 234 page book before giving up. Maybe Ms. Lynch saved the best for last, but I couldn’t bring myself to plow through the rest of the book. However, this is vital reading for someone who has been asked to be a bridesmaid and is having second thoughts before accepting. She will be saved the agony of purchasing an unfortunate dress and becoming a slave to the bride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarah brown on April 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Bridesmaids was one of those books that hooked me from the synopsis, chances are that at least once in your life you will be asked to be somebody's bridesmaid/maid of honor, if not you then at least somebody that you know, if you are really lucky you won't end up bridesmaid to a bridezilla.

Being asked to be part of a bridal party, to be a part of the happy couple's special day is a privilege, and let's face it you feel special because out of the many number of friends and family, you were one of the chosen few.

I loved reading all the stories in here about people's different experience's, from the good, the bad and the ugly, every tale was interesting and relatable.
Some people found themselves at the beck and call of the bride, some got fired and the age old problem with being a bridesmaid, the dress, you know the one that you would never ever wear again and which you also seem to spend an obscene amount of money on just to wear it that once.

And while most of these stories are anonymously written with only an initial and age of the person, I would have loved some pictures of the hideous dresses, but I can understand why there weren't any, it's a pity though.

Intentional or not I loved that the cover to this book felt like the paper some people use for wedding invitations, it was a nice touch to go along with the pretty design on the front cover.

All in all I really enjoyed this book, with most stories only being a few pages long, it's a quick read, highly recommended, even for those who don't generally read non-fiction, give it a go.
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I was really disappointed in this book. I've read quite a few books that are collections of essays about one common topic, and most of them are insightful, reflective and thoughtful. "The Bridesmaids" was none of those things. Another reviewer mentions that it seemed as if the editor of the book asked the contributors to write a "what I did on my summer vacation"-style essay, and I couldn't agree more. I honestly don't know where this editor found these people, and whether the extreme lack of quality of the essays as a whole is due to their inability to write or to insufficient editorial guidance.

Each writing segment was told in a very "first this happened, then this happened" style, and the essay would usually end either at the end of the wedding or in a very few simple sentences about whether the bride had gotten divorced since or, if not, how long she'd been happily married now, with the bridesmaid telling how they felt about it on a very basic, surface-level summary. No effort seemed put forth to reflect on the experience and its impact on either the writer's life or how their own story mirrored the wider role of a bridesmaid on a larger, less personal scale.

While there were definite moments of humor (my favorite anecdote involving a 35-lb. cat that would NOT stop trying to crash the reception, causing the bridesmaid to eventually give up and start dancing with the cat), overall it was a dull, monotonous read, with many points being repeated over and over. (We get it -- you never wear the dress again, and you should think long and hard before committing to being a bridesmaid.
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Well over fifty different short essays about the stories of the traumas and high jinks these women have encountered during the bridal process. Some are funny, some sad, some outrageous and some tender but all are memorable and make me happy that I am a man (although some of the stories are told by bridesmen). One of my favorites was when all the heterosexual bridesmaids and bride start making out at the bachelorette party to the shock of the bridesmaid telling the story. I wouldn't have minded being a fly on the wall. Light frivolous reading fun
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The Bridesmaids is one of those books that I think almost any reader will immediately relate to off the bat. Chances are, you've likely either been invited to be a bridesmaid/bridesdude at some point in your life, or you've participated in a wedding in some capacity.

I know that I've certainly attended or have been a part of a number of weddings in my time, so I was interested in seeing how other people have reacted to being made a part of a wedding ceremony. The answer: it's never quite the same for any one person.

Lynch uses her editorial prowess to effortlessly guide the reader through eighty tales, consisting of everything from someone who served as a bridesmaid to Princess Diana, to a guy who proudly admits to being a bridesdude and cheekily lets club goers think that he has "pulled" all of the women in the bridal party.

The stories vary from being sweet, to thoughtful to shocking - ahem, Burning Man - but it never fails to be entertaining. Readers will be intrigued from beginning to end, and will fly through this little gem of a read.
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