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What No One Tells the Bride: Surviving the Wedding, Sex After the Honeymoon, Second Thoughts, Wedding Cake Freezer Burn, Becoming Your Mother, Screaming about Money, Screaming about In-Laws, etc. Paperback – May 27, 1998
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Stark's insightful, frank text is intended for female newlyweds, brides-to-be, or women considering "taking the plunge" who want to get some insight into the ups and downs of marriage. Written from the perspective of Stark (a writer/newlywed) and based on interviews with 50+ recently married woman, this book covers everything from mourning the loss of singlehood, to addressing and overcoming the money/power dynamic, to finding fulfillment in sharing your life with another person - while still maintaining your independence.
So many books out there are about "Planning Your Dream Wedding." However, this book gracefully avoids talk of wedding (except in two of the early chapters), instead concentrating on the time after the honeymoon.
Engagement and marriage is a difficult time. Not only must a bride deal with the pressure of a wedding, but also the joy/dramas associated with sharing her life with someone else. Often times, this happens at the same time a bride is trying to earn a living, raise children, go to school, find a new apartment, etc. With each chapter, Stark chips away the stereotypes associated with brides and marriage. Brides don't have to plaster on a smile all the time just because they're told that "this is the happiest time of your life." Marriage can be fun and sexy.
Also, the book carefully avoids the declarative feel of a "how to" book.Read more ›
The worst part is when Stark explains that one bride's way of dealing with pre-wedding jitters was to have a "fling." What Stark calls a "fling," most normal people call adultery. (And I'm not religious or conservative.) Any half-baked marriage counselor can tell you that having an affair can be disastrous for a relationship. It gets worse: "To this day, her husband does not know about the fling" ( p.48).
After that brilliant piece of advice, I didn't have a shred of faith in this author and could not continue reading this book. If you're nervous in anticipation of your wedding, Good! It's an important, exciting time!
The author's experience was as an independent, older bride, however, much of her advice and information is relevant to brides of all ages and backgrounds.Read more ›
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I didn't find this book helpful and returned it. A lot of the information I found in here was personal experiences, ideas of what to watch for, and some general ideas of what to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kyle
This is a good book for those of you women about to get married and feeling a little overwhelmed by all the changes about to take place in your life. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by MJ2014
I thought this book was slightly helpful and had a fairly good perspective. It is a little fluffy-- advice is really only given in a few bullet points with a few scant examples,... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Anya
I am getting married this fall so I want to read it before I get married and hope it will prepare me for marriage.Published on May 12, 2013 by Deaverhotz
This is mostly a collection of cynical stories. I was excited to read the info on in-laws; however, the only writings on the subject are two stories with no real outcomes nor... Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Beth
I don't know much about this because I gave it as a gift to someone else and they never told me anything.Published on December 7, 2010 by Bootwearer
This book is fantastic! I would highly recommend this book to any woman getting married or newly married. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Julie
Fantastic book! I highly recommend this book for all brides who are about to get married or who have recently gotten married. Read morePublished on June 26, 2010 by new bride
I really found this book fantastic. It does prepare us to live with somebody and it also breaks the fairy tale so many women create about living together!Published on April 1, 2010 by Priscila Rodrigues