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“If you want to smile, cry, laugh, grieve, or just plain nod knowingly in the face of newlywedded supposed-to-be’s, this book is your friend.”   — Laura Munson, author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is

“These insightful essays offer so much more than one might expect from a collection about the first year of marriage. When you treat yourself to Wedding Cake for Breakfast, you will come away entertained, encouraged, and enlightened, as if you’d just spent a weekend in the company of dear friends.”   — Therese Fowler, author of Souvenir and Exposure

Wedding Cake for Breakfast is a pure delight! What a wonderful reminder that in the end we are all neurotic, scared, and somewhat delirious as we navigate that often wacky but usually happy first year of marriage.”   — Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home

“I loved Wedding Cake so much, I just couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend this delightful and delightfully frank look at marriage in its blush of infancy (aka before the dysfunction kicks in). Men: if you want to understand your bride, read this book. It pulls the curtain back to reveal the fertile imagination lurking in the female mind.”   — Jenny Gardiner, author of Slim to None

Wedding Cake for Breakfast is a perfectly rendered collection of wise and funny memories about the exquisitely complex first year of marriage. Simmering with love and powered by talented writers who paint hope and heart into every story, this book should be required reading for anyone who has or is about to tie the knot.”   — Ann Wertz Garvin, author of On Maggie’s Watch

About the Author

Kim Perel is a New York City-based literary agent and writer. She holds an MFA degree in creative writing from The New School. She has attended over fifteen weddings in the past year and this is her first anthology.
After a long career as a book publisher, Wendy Sherman established her New York-based literary agency 12 years ago out of a desire to work more closely with writers, and she's loved every minute of it. She lives with her two semi-grown daughters and one very adorable King Charles Spaniel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara on May 11, 2012
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I'm not even married (even though I'd like to be) but I still loved this book! Reading about each couple's journey as they experience their first year as husband and wife gave me faith and excitement for what lies ahead. This book had me laughing, crying and smiling. A must read for any woman of any age to show us that fairytales do come true!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janis T. on May 22, 2012
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For anyone who has navigated that tricky first twelve months of marriage, this is a MUST read. The contributing authors are diverse, their stories varied, and their individual takes on marriage are easy to relate to. The essays range from laugh-out-loud funny to poignant and thought-provoking. Sophie Littlefield's wistful remembrances are every bit as engaging as Jenna McCarthy's humorous rant. There is truly something for everyone, and each story captivates. I could not put this book down until I reached the last page. And for those women who are considering marriage or on the brink of making a lifelong commitment--put down your bridal magazines and read Wedding Cake for Breakfast. There is no better preparation for saying "I do."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Ogden on May 16, 2012
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I read a review online, checked Amazon for further info about the book to see if I might like to read it - someday. I usually put a book in my cart to think about it, and then forget about it. I ordered the Kindle version, started reading it after dinner, by 11:30 PM I ordered Kindle copies for our daughter and a one year wed granddaughter. I'm fifty plus years past that first year, and ten years widowed, and I laughed at some of the stories but soon found what could have been my stories in these essays. I said the same things, I did that too, but we survived, It would be a great gift for any woman who wants to be or is or has been married.
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Cancer, losing jobs, the in-laws, the reality of living 24/7 with another human being. The couples whose lives are dissected with humor and candor in WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST deal with all sorts of things good and bad. And they realize that, when they say "for better or for worse," well, let's just say there's a reason those words are uttered in wedding vows the world over.

Jenna McCarthy writes a particularly funny but hard-hitting essay about the wonders of married life as presented in pop culture and how that exact picture of candlelight dinners and perfect sex aren't exactly the way most couples find their lives post-honeymoon. Whether you are famous or not, McCarthy states, you have the same chance of marrying the wrong person and ending up with a lot of heartbreak.
On the other end, you have writer Daphne Uviller, who was married less than 48 hours before 9/11 happened. The story of the days following their honeymoon and their very positive attitude about the day is quite remarkable and uplifting without being annoying.

Lost luggage, family advice and pregnancy tests all figure prominently in other tales of the marital struggle, with good and sometimes bad results. Some are older and more experienced in life, while others are younger and experiencing adult milestones while being married. But all the women in this collection are honest to a fault and offer a glimpse into a contemporary marriage between men and women, who strive for equality and want so badly for the fairy tale to be real. They all know, though, that it's just a fairy tale, and sometimes the real thing is so much better than that. On some days you want to pack your bag and hightail it to some farwaway land forever rather than face your spouse at the end of the day.
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Wedding Cake for Breakfast is a must-read for anyone at any stage of the marriage process- whether it be the bride, groom, parents, children or siblings. These memoirs all demonstrate that a wedding is only an small introduction to the complexities of marriage. Finally, a book that describes that true love is more than just the fairy-tale image we all grow up with. True love is learning how to compromise, communicate with your new family, listening to your spouse and most importantly, learning about yourself and what is important so you can be the best possible partner to your husband or wife.
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By K. Adler on February 3, 2015
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This is a decent book for anyone who has just gotten married or is a military wife. I identified with a few of the essays, but found that some of it was repeated over and over. There are quite a few essays on being a military wife. I also wish there had been an essay on difficult inlaws or maybe a little less of a sugar coating. Some of the essays were funny, but most seemed a bit forced and not totally truthful. It got boring after the first few stories.
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By Stephanie on September 30, 2013
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This book was recommended to me by a co-worker who had also read it right after being married. You find yourself really connecting with those who wrote the essays. You find yourself comparing your relationship to those couples in the essays and I have noted several tips or words of advice to use as I navigate not only through my first year of marriage but really for the remainder of our lives together.

Great read!
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