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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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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385720459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385720458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,336,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book on accident and immediately purchased it after reading what it was about. I am in the first year of marriage & identified with so much of what Ms. Beesley was writing about. This was an excellent book and it gave me a great feeling to know that other women, in their first year of marriage, experience what I am now experiencing. I would buy this for all my single & married friends!
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By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised at how accurate and candid this book was, complete with funny descriptions of the true feelings that come with getting married. I've already given my copy to my best friend, who's engaged and (like most of us) clueless about what's to come. The writer puts things beautifully and honestly, and once you open the book you can't put it down. The best book on the subject of marriage that I've ever read. Thank you, JR, for recommending it!
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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My maid of honor gave me this book the day before I got married, and I absolutely couldn't put it down. The author is hysterically funny about the honest ups and downs of getting married (so true! ) and she is a very sensitive and moving writer when it comes to her mother's illness with Alzheimers. This is the best and most honest book I've read about getting married, and I recommend it to anyone thinking of getting hitched. Don't be scared!
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By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Overall, a disappointing read. If you're looking for something new on the subject of marriage--or Alzheimers--look elsewhere. This book is all surface gloss and no substance; you come away from this book with the impression that Ms. Beesley can't, or won't, speak to the heart of any issue deeply, including what it means to slowly lose your mother. There's really only one well-defined character in this book--Ms. Beesley--the rest are ghosts or cartoons. Feminists and philosophers, beware.
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Format: Hardcover
To bad this chick's already been snagged by some lucky dog, 'cause she captured my heart. Funny, touching, poignant, mirthful, distressing, etc. Reflections on the Beginnings of a Marriage reminds me why we continue to search for our soul-mates. Yes, Amanda, I will continue. Thank You.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I'm buying for my girlfriends who are getting married as a shower gift.
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Format: Hardcover
I am recently married (6months) and just finished this book. I found myself relating to the author on so many levels. I joked to all I knew that I was the most neurotic bride that has ever lived, and I found that I had a kindred spirit out there. I appreciated her candor and insight. She is a very real person and her experiences helped her grow as a woman, and secondly in this new role of wife. She is someone who I would love to have coffee with. I would certainly recommend this book to any newlywed or newly engaged.
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A beautifully written account of the female perspective on dating, marriage, careers, and parents. Amanda perfectly juggles the comic with the tragic and everything else in between. A MUST read for the single guy in search of a sole mate, a city slicker in search of the country, and anyone who's planning a wedding.
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