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Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest Hardcover – May 1, 2014
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In this insightful memoir, Doll examines weddings and marriage through the lens of her own friends’ unions. She has been to numerous weddings, and she has stories from all of them, ranging from confronting a high-school nemesis, to aiding a bride who has a severe allergic reaction to peanuts, to having a drunken meltdown in a bar as her friends are trying to get her to go home. Doll’s impressions of her friends’ intendeds are mostly positive, but her inability to support one pairing ends up costing her a friendship. Doll runs into this friend, Ginny, at several weddings, and despite her attempts to make amends, the rift is never quite healed. Though she dreads the clichéd bouquet toss, like so many other singletons, she can’t help but wonder if she will find love during the course of one wedding weekend. Doll is an engaging guide through the landscape of modern-day courtship and nuptials, and her book will have particular appeal for women in their twenties, thirties, and forties navigating the wedding circuit themselves. --Kristine Huntley
“[A] wry Sex and the City-style memoir…Engaging and disarmingly honest.”
“Doll herself is a funny, bright, complicated leading lady…Contemporary heroines are not necessarily brides; they are also the friends, colleagues, classmates of brides, and their stories do not want for depth just because they’re not the ones wearing white. Doll’s own story — a good one — lays out a disruptive new path.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Chronicled with the sharply wielded wit that presumably got [Doll] invited to so many weddings in the first place… [Save the Date] touches a cultural nerve, ultimately, because it summons, in unsparing detail, a cultural ritual as relentless as it is familiar.”
“A smart examination of just how weird weddings can be when put under the microscope….The ultimate wedding party favor is a good story. Doll has several.”
“A meditation on the marriage ceremony and on how, by bearing witness, we shape our perspectives on love, friendship, and commitment… Advice anyone seated at the singles table can take to heart.”
“Anyone who has ever witnessed a wedding will appreciate Jen Doll’s wry pew-side musings.”
“An endearingly funny memoir of the writer’s vast experience watching other people get married—and the lessons she’s learned about love, friendship, and herself.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“To prepare yourself for the summer-wedding onslaught, grab Jen Doll’s ingeniously subtitled new book.”
“Save the Date is the kind of amusing and inventive memoir that’s almost impossible to put down and ripe for sharing amongst friends (bring this baby to your next girls’ brunch and watch your lady friends clamor to be the first to borrow it). It’s breezy and quick and dead funny, but it also aims straight for the heart with the kind of wit and honesty anyone would want to cherish for many years to come.”
“Droll, charming…chock-full of hilarious observations…lively anecdotes…and lovely description.”
“Jen Doll knows all the ins and outs of attending and taking part in someone else's big day . . . for better or worse….[In Save the Date] she shares some thoughtful (and funny) insights into dating relationships, marriage, and friendship.”
“[Save the Date] offers witty and smart insights into modern wedding culture, while still having a good time with all the tomfoolery.”
“A witty, easily-devoured memoir, simultaneously personal and universal.”
—The Huffington Post
“The insightful, soothing literary balm you need when you’re stuck at the destination beach wedding you’ve paid too much to attend.”
—The Daily Beast
"Save the Date is a hilarious, open-eyed account of one woman's life as a wedding guest. Doll chronicles the good, the bad, and the drunken with wit and insight into the state of modern marriage."
— J. Courtney Sullivan, author of The Engagements and Maine
"Reading Save the Date is like attending a wedding with the coolest plus-one ever. Jen Doll is witty, charming, and can see through all the BS of the wedding culture while still having a fun time with it."
—Drew Magary, author of Someone Could Get Hurt and The Postmortal
“Jen Doll's sharp, funny true tales of guesthood acknowledge—at last—that attending other people's weddings is a unique rite of passage in itself. Save the Date is a welcome companion.”
—Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life
“Jen Doll address relationships, romance, weddings, and love with the sharp and intuitive eye of a psychotherapist, and the impeccable comic timing of, well, an impeccably good comedian. Not only that, she coins a phrase that is not only brilliant, but important: ‘My unemployment jeans.’ Save the Date is a self-examination of the single gal at its cleverest, funniest best.”
—Sara Barron, author of People Are Unappealing: Even Me
“With humor and honesty…Doll offers a refreshing take on society’s evolving ideas on marriage and the importance of knowing oneself.”
“Doll is an engaging guide through the landscape of modern-day courtship and nuptials.”
“A thoughtful meditation on the institution of marriage…A great book to pack for the plane ride to that friend’s destination wedding… [a] fun rumination on love, marriage, and adult friendship.”
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The chapters relating her experiences at friends' weddings reveal a warmer and more discerning side to her observations. She takes the time to understand the reason these couples chose each other. Her prose turns more witty than sarcastic, and she includes herself in the follies of her friends. I am glad I persevered with this book because it is an enjoyable riff on the place of marriage among women who wait. It's a wry look at something old and something new in the world of weddings.