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The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married Hardcover – September 29, 2011
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"At first this book terrified me: another submission and sacrifice marriage manual for wives? Instead Iris Krasnow delivers astonishing candor, realistic compassion, and invaluable wisdom when it comes to how paradoxically infuriating and rewarding long-term marriages can be. The best book on marriage ever." — Leslie Morgan Steiner
“In this breathtaking book The Secret Lives of Wives, Iris Krasnow opens a window into the inner world of women whose unique courage and vision has enabled them to find relationship happiness over the long term. With wit and wisdom, she thoughtfully tells their stories and then fills the reader with brilliant ideas and concepts to apply to their own lives. This is as much of a men’s book as it was written by and for women.” — Dr. Bill Cloke
“Iris Krasnow has managed to demystify the workings of long-term marriages by confirming the mysterious uniqueness of each one. The secret, she finds, lies in the way two people negotiate their own personal amalgam of companionship and sex, compromise and disappointment, lust and tenderness, trust and lies. The challenge for the rest of us is to do the same.” — Suzanne Braun Levine
“She whips up a spirited, enlightening cocktail of comfort, support and grace. Fulfilling and well-structured.” — Kirkus Reviews
“One of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now. ‘Boyfriends with boundaries,’ separate summers, and other therapeutic strategies for maintaining wedded bliss over the long haul.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
About the Author
Iris Krasnow is the author of New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, as well as Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Yourself, and I Am My Mother’s Daughter. A longtime journalism professor at American University, she has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from Oprah and Good Morning America to Today and All Things Considered. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four sons.
Top customer reviews
This book reinforced the fact that marriage is tough and isn't to be taken lightly, but offers advice on how to stick through it and make it to the better times. It uses a different analogy than what i have heard before - the idea that the man and the women are on two train tracks which are synchronized, rather than one person jumping off their train and joining their spouse's track.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but it had its drawbacks. The author tends to blather on in some sections and I got bored. She repeated herself a lot, and I found myself with the urge to skip forward a few pages.
Although the author was long-winded, she did a great job incorporating autobiographical depictions from the other women. I enjoyed hearing the story in each wife's voice. It was a good combination of the author's insights and her interviewees
There were a few good points in this book, but it was not what I expected and a big downer for me.