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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1 edition (April 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565123190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565123199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This lighthearted send-up of the adventures of journeying in a state of matrimonial bliss (or misery, as the case may be) visits every aspect of traveling as a team. After all, "Because couples therapy is rarely available on vacation, it's important to be aware in advance of the special challenges associated with traveling while married." Weisman, a contributor to PRI's Savvy Traveler, begins with obvious sticking points-including what time to get to the airport and how to unite messy and neat factions in one hotel room-and then branches into more taboo territory. When is it okay to admit that a so-called dream vacation is quickly becoming a nightmare? What's the best way to discourage houseguests from tagging along on a summer beach house rental? And, of course, the "don't ask, don't tell" rule of travel: "Nobody wants to hear about your vacation unless you've had a terrible time.... Even people who like you can stand just so much of your gaseous descriptions of swimming in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters or strolling on the Ile Saint-Louis. After a few minutes their eyes glaze over and their smiles become fixed, indicating that you've used up their allotted quotient of niceness." Weisman's breezy humor may make for a quick read, but whether she's sand-boarding in Chile's Atacama Desert or snoozing through "American Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century" at an Elderhostel, her get-up-and-go spirit is contagious. Drawings by New Yorker artist Edward Koren enliven the text.
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He's a whitewater-rafting kind of guy. She prefers the bubbling waters of a posh health club hot tub. For more than 40 years, Larry and Mary-Lou Weisman have been backpacking through Europe and barging down the Amazon as both dauntless travelers and devoted spouses. Now Mary-Lou shares the secret of staying happily married while contemplating lost luggage, jet lag, and Eurodollar equivalencies in a mirthful memoir of a lifetime of journeying a deux. With self-deprecating good humor, Weisman pokes fun at her own obsessive-compulsive behavior and Larry's laid-back mentality to reveal the offbeat and off-the-beaten-track adventures of travelers as mismatched as a cheap set of luggage. From their honeymoon on an Israeli kibbutz to a stuffy Elderhostel cultural retreat, Weisman reveals the kind of travel tips readers won't find in the latest Fodor's. Whimsical illustrations by the incomparable Edward Koren of New Yorker fame perfectly complement this droll travelogue of a marriage whose Love Boat voyages more closely resemble a cruise on the S.S. Minnow than the Queen Mary. Carol Haggas
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More About the Author

Mary-Lou Weisman is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. Her published books include My Baby Boomer Baby Book; Traveling While Married; My Middle-Aged Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones & Gallstones; and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story. All of her books remain in print. Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many publications, among them The New Republic, Newsweek, Glamour, Vogue, Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times. She has also contributed essays and commentary to Public Radio International. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband, a lawyer. Mary-Lou Weisman and Al Jaffee have been friends for more than thirty years.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on July 24, 2003
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Mary-Lou Weisman's "Traveling While Married" is an absolute hoot of a book, and a terrific gift for any married couple who loves to travel together. Weisman's writing is wise without being snooty, and hilarious because of the truths about which she writes. She has nailed the experience of traveling while married dead-on, and the result is a book filled with laughs. You'll find yourself exclaiming, "That's so true!" The funniest essay in the book, "Doing Nothing," explores the whole fallacy of the relaxing beach vacation:
"Day two was always a sobering experience. We would learn for the first, second or third season in a row that we could not read on a beach. Too hot even for Jackie Collins. And so, like two amphibious creatures in a PBS nature documentary, we would lie on the sand until some eternal signal as old as life itself would tell us that we had preheated to 350 and it was time to make our way to the sea. There, we would submerge and swim about for several minutes before retracing our steps up the beach to resume our patient vigil on the sand. After a preordained period of time, the amazing cycle of nature would begin again, and back we'd go to the sea. And we'd do all this without ever laying eggs."
Weisman covers rental properties, spa vacations, whitewater rafting, cooking in other people's kitchens, inviting people to vacation with you, packing and just about every other travel topic under the sun. The result is wonderful--highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I started reading the essays in this book and found myself interrupting my wife every couple of minutes to read a line out loud. Like this one: "Paris is our all-time favorite place in which to pretend to live....We don't care if the French aren't friendly. When we are French, we won't be friendly either."
This collection of essays is insightful about its subject, but mostly just funny, self-effacing, and full of honest observations about the ways people (especially married couples) tend to act when traveling. It's not a book of tips on travel; it's a book to read out loud on the plane over, or the plane home, or just at home.
If you like to travel and have the ability to laugh at yourself a little--as Weisman can and does--you will love "Traveling While Married" and will probably end up sharing it with people you love and love to travel with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JANET NEIPRIS-WILLE on August 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I can not keep this book in my house. I keep buying a copy and giving it away because it is so wonderful. Mary Lou Weisman is one of the top humor writers in this country. She has wit, charm, a joyful use of the English language, imagination, heart, intelligence, savy, and class. And that's for starters!
It's been a long time since I have laughed out loud. One of my favorite chapters is about the time they rented a house in Italy.
Ms. Weisman says about the disappointment of the house ..
"Sometimes you have a view and sometimes you are the view".
Anyone who has travelled, is about to travel, or who dreams of travel in partnership has to read this book. It's perfect for anyone 20-80. She is a first rate American humorist.
I simply love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on August 10, 2003
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"I, Mary-Lou, take thee, Larry, to be my constant traveling companion, to Hong and to Kong, in Cyclades and in Delft, for deck class or deluxe, so long as we both can move."
And so veteran travel writer Weisman gets her first laugh before the first page. This is a great book to read in an airport, waiting for a delayed flight, say, with an impatient spouse. The pieces are short, clever, affectionate, and funny. From packing to coming-home fantasies, Weisman puts things in perspective. She understands her own shortcomings - and her husband's - and mines them to full effect.
Larry likes camping, authenticity, moving where the spirit takes him. Mary-Lou does not. "I travel the way I cook. I follow directions like a fascist....I don't improvise and I don't make substitutions." As for authenticity, Weisman tells a funny story of Paris in their youth, a night in a cheap hotel that turned out to be a whorehouse, followed by a morning in the public baths and concludes, "If you're the sort of person who insists upon having a wonderful time while you're on vacation, authenticity may not be your thing."
On packing, she's wistfully reminded of a friend who traveled to India taking only clothes she was tired of wearing and leaving an outfit behind in each place she stayed. Neither of the Weismans is so disciplined. "I'm always the one to give in to temptation first, a precedent established by Eve in Genesis 3....I am seized by a perverse and irresistible urge to pack more."
Weisman, needless to say, likes her comfort. So it's a real act of love when she agrees to a white water rafting trip for Larry's 50th birthday. She already knows she's going to have a horrible time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mary-Lous Weisman, a seasoned veteran of both marriage and travel has written a hilariously funny handbook for those travelling in tandem. She explores the trauma of packing for two, the necessary compromises about what to see, eat, and buy (or not) and describes the triumphs and failures she has had on the road, the high seas and in the air in the company of her husband, Larry. This vital information is contained in one of the funniest books I've ever read. Serious stuff, like the hotel without a view or central heating in a place that was advertised as warm and picturesque sounds like a little glitch to be overcome. And there's practical information too.For instance, if you're bored out of your skull on a slow (and expensive) French barge trip get bicycles and meet the other passengers at the next four- star auberge. We've all experienced the unplanned for event that threatens to ruin a trip. But , with only a few exceptions, such catastrophes seem to melt under the uniqe, slightly off center, but always fresh viewpoint that is Mary-Lou's sense of humor. You will find yourself reading the book aloud to strangers on the bus who will try to wrench it out of your hands as you move to get off. And, if your friends are like mine, a gift of this book will send them off to buy copies for every innocent they know is about to go abroad without the protection of Mary-Lou's wisdom.
Even if you're staying at home this book is a trip. As for those who are travelling with their mates Traveling While Married is as vital to a successful voyage as getting those shots if you're going to a places where you're warned not to drnk the water. Watch the divorce rate go down as sales of this book go up. Strike a blow for family values buy this charming,riotously funny, must-read book.
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