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One of Better Homes & Gardens’s 11 New Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer
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One of Good Morning America’s 30 May Books to Add to the Stack
One of The Skimm's 18 Can’t-Miss Beach Reads For Summer 2021
“If your weekends consist of devouring the weddings section of The New York Times, Cate Doty's Mergers and Acquisitions needs to be on your TBR list.” —Marie Claire
“Doty gives fascinating insight into this particular job, a holdover from the paper's society pages, and writes intelligently about the place that weddings continue to hold in modern culture. The book is for romantics and skeptics alike.” --Oprah Daily
“Mergers & Acquisitions, former New York Times journalist Cate Doty’s account of her time on the weddings beat, is a reception-worthy buffet of juicy backstories that didn’t make it into print, including her own.” —Martha Stewart Living
“Cate Doty spent years writing for the weddings section of The New York Times. She's seen it all: From true love to bridezillas and everything in between. And now, she's spilling all the dirty details and insightful life lessons into this memoir you won't be able to put down.” –Better Homes & Gardens
“[A] delightful, at times jaw-dropping, tale.” –Good Morning America
“[A] dishy memoir.” –PopSugar
“Doty, a former New York Times weddings writer, has written a memoir that's a fun, gossipy romp of a book about her wedding journalism. It's also a book that makes you think about why anyone gets married—and who needs to know they did.” –The Boston Globe
“Say ‘I do’ to this memoir from a former weddings writer at The New York Times… For anyone who’s interested in the history of wedding announcements or wants the deets on how to actually get yours in the paper of record, this one’s for you.” –The Skimm
“This charming memoir has just the right balance of society gossip and personal confession, making it absolutely perfect for poolside binging at a Bachelorette party, or on the flight to your first post-COVID wedding.” --The Week
“Laced with frank reflection and entertaining anecdotes, this is a winning portrait of love and ambition in the 21st century.” —Publishers Weekly
“Doty’s love-filled memoir will delight readers hoping for an inside look at the wedding section, and fans of uplifting memoirs.” –Library Journal
“With self-deprecating wit, wry humor and a keen eye for details both ridiculous and heartwarming, Mergers and Acquisitions is a snapshot of a particular era in both journalism and the wedding industry as well as a thoughtful meditation on love itself.” –Shelf Awareness
“Amusing and well-written.” –Kirkus
“[Cate Doty’s] new, personal, sometimes biting and often hilarious book, Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages, combines rollicking stories of matrimonial reporting and her own heartbreaks and ultimately triumphant love story.” –Garden & Gun
“In a compelling memoir, Cate Doty offers us a rare, insider look into the hermetically sealed decision-making process that so much of the world obsesses over—the wedding announcements of The New York Times and who gets in and why or why not. While inspiring us with the sweetness of her own journey in finding love, Mergers and Acquisitions also reveals the storybook weddings may not be as picture-perfect as the photos that accompany them." —Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
“Anyone who enjoys ogling the love lives of couples featured in the newspaper (guilty!) won’t be able to put down this entertaining, behind-the-scenes expose, which examines the drive to have nuptials announced and how it says as much about privilege as it does about true love." —Kate Bolick, bestselling author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
“Mergers and Acquisitions: (Or, Everything I Know about Love I learned on the Wedding Pages) is funny, smart, biting, and highly entertaining. Navigating the world of weddings can’t be easy, but Cate handles it fearlessly with to-the-point sass in this eye-opening expose.” —Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
"I tore through Cate Doty's book, which is equal parts charming, addictive, funny, and poignant. Doty's stories about working at the New York Times, brilliantly intertwined with her personal experiences with love, lift the veil (pun intended) on both high society and the human condition." —Amy Odell, author of Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider's View from Inside the Fashion Industry
“Cate Doty's Mergers and Acquisitions is a delicious confection, filled with swirling layers of history and politics, journalism and gossip, etiquette and fashion, plus family ties, morals and immorals, and, of course—and thank goodness—romance and love, just as any book about weddings (and weddings themselves) should be.” —Jen Doll, author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest
"Hilarious and moving, Doty writes about an industry from the outside in. She illuminates how our appetite for the bouquets, canapés, and artifice exist alongside our desire for the unspoken elements of weddings—the hangovers, cold feet, and gaudy diamonds. At its heart, this is as much a love story between two people as between a writer and her craft. —Ellen O'Connell Whittet, author of What You Become in Flight
“This delicious book is a giggly and gossipy look at wedding announcements from NYT writer Cate Doty. Grab a big box of (cleavage) popcorn and get ready for a wild ride. My favorite was the deflated groom who discovered his fiancé’s real age on the wedding announcement. OOPS! Absolutely loved it.” —Lizzy Dent, author of The Summer Job
About the Author
- ASIN : B08FHBNZQ3
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 4, 2021)
- Publication date : May 4, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4127 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593190440
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #471,959 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The “Weddings” section (now called “Love”) of the New York Times has always been my favorite read on Sundays. The first place I’d turn to when I read the print version of the paper, and now the first place on line I go to. Where else can you see the parade of mostly white, mostly affluent couples as they fix their love forever in true New York Times fashion? Cate Doty - once an editor at the Times - has written a book, “Mergers and Acquisitions: Or Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages”.
From the title, I assumed - incorrectly as I found out - the book would be an interesting dish about the paper and the weddings it covered. Instead, it’s mostly a memoir of Cate and her life, relatives, and friends. Cate is an excellent writer) but I think the book is being marketed wrong. It should be sold as a memoir of a young woman’s experiences and loves in New York City. A woman who happens to write for the New York Times in various sections. Maybe I would have bought the book, maybe I wouldn’t have. I happen to like memoirs, and as I wrote above, Cate Doty is a good writer. But every time she’d go into the topic - the Weddings section - she’d leave it to write about her personal life, which I was just not particularly interested in.
Actually, I’m not dissing Cate’s book, I just wish the marketing of the book was more on point.
From the very beginning, this memoir is infused with anti-Republican sentiments, peppered with sidenotes about racism and white supremacy, and the kicker was that quote above-- and I'm sorry, I can't deal with anti-capitalists happily capitalizing on capitalism by selling books about how anti-capitalist they are.
It's like the first two chapters were just a virtue-signaling fest of the author broadcasting that yes, she was raised in North Carolina with a rich grandmother and she adored her old-fashioned etiquette book but don't worry-- she was raised liberal and is very aware of all the structural racism in her world so please don't revoke her woke card! Ugh.
If you are still curious about behind the scenes at Vows (which admittedly, I still kind of am), get this book from library and brace yourself.