From Publishers Weekly
In an attempt to move beyond familiar advice on the niceties of weddings, this former bride rolls up her sleeves and sets out to explain what it actually feels like to get married, not just how to organize a big party. Drawing from a column she wrote for Self magazine chronicling her engagement and first year of marriage, Beesley presents a nuanced portrait of the real experience behind the facade of the blushing bride. In her case, not only was this time in her life alternately thrilling and overwhelming, but she was also coping simultaneously with her mother's diagnosis of dementia, which came two days after her engagement. Writing almost as much about her changing relationship with her mother as about the transformations her wedding and new marriage have wrought, Beesley manages to balance the two without diminishing the significance of either or resorting to melodrama. It is a pleasure to watch her find the strength to deal with these major transitions with grace and humor. "As she is, my mother loves me, with all the immediacy and intensity she has now. And for my part, I love her more than ever, with everything I have." This is a poignant, heartfelt and often funny story about some of life's greatest challenges and rewards, and a perfect book for brides-to-be. (Jan.)
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From Library Journal
This title takes the reader on a delightful journey through the engagement, wedding, and first year of marriage of the author, a columnist for Self magazine. Skillfully interwoven into this story of the rise of a new family is the decline of Beesley's mother's life due to Alzheimer's disease. Beesley's reflections show how she grows and refines her values during both wedding preparations and the early days of the marriage. It will have wide appeal, not only to brides and their mothers but also to women in all stages of life who are grappling with issues of aging parents, relationships among birth families, in-laws, and new families. Both humorous and sensitive, Something New is highly recommended for public libraries.-Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD
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