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No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better.by Elizabeth Weil
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From a popular magazine writer comes a riveting blend of memoir and thinking person’s self-improvement book about a happy marriage and the therapies, exercises, and investigations that might make it even better—or not.
Elizabeth Weil’s cover story in The New York Times Magazine, “Married (Happily) With Issues,” received nearly 4 million page views online. Clearly, the piece struck a nerve—and for good reason. Weil described with wit, charm, and bracing candor her relationship with her husband, Dan, beginning with the two basic ground rules for their marriage: no cheating, no dying. Those rules served them well for ten years. Then Weil started to wonder, Could my marriage be better?
In No Cheating, No Dying, Weil examines the issues we all face in marriage—sex, money, mental health, religion, in-laws, children—through a brave and forthright account of her own messy, hilarious, and challenging relationship. Weil shares her belief that marriage doesn’t occur while wearing a white dress, standing up in front of friends and family. Rather, it evolves gradually, over time, through all the road rage incidents and pre-colonoscopy enemas, the pleasant and disastrous dinners, the unexpected joys and wrenching decisions—the small and large moments you never imagined and certainly didn’t plan to endure. She seeks advice and insights from financial planners, sex therapists, psychoanalysts, marriage coaches, and rabbis. The result is a provocative and revelatory memoir of marriage, shot through with useful research. Through Liz Weil’s experience we gain perspective on our own relationships. This is a book that gets everyone talking.
"Nearly a decade into what was already a good marriage — despite a lost pregnancy and religious and temperamental differences — Weil spent a year actively improving her union by gleaning wisdom from self-help books, and with her husband, a fellow writer, sampling couples counseling, sex therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a more verbose and unnecessary outgrowth of a New York Times Magazine cover story, but Weil's candid, self-deprecatingly amusing tone and her sane, perceptive 'let's-fix-it-before-it-breaks' advice should inspire other couples to approach their marriages with similar care and vigor." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Written with charm and wit, No Cheating, No Dying investigates one of the most universal human institutions--marriage. Elizabeth Weil and her husband Dan have two basic ground rules for their marriage: no cheating, no dying. For ten years it’s worked fine, but Elizabeth started to wonder if it could be better.
Elizabeth Weil believes that you don’t get married in a white dress, in front of all your future in-laws and ex-boyfriends but gradually, over time, through all the road rage incidents and pre-colonoscopy enemas, good and bad dinners, and all the small moments you never expected to happen or much less endure. In this book, Weil examines the major universal marriage issues—sex, money, mental health, in-laws, children—through bravely recounting her own hilarious, messy, and sometimes difficult relationship. She seeks out the advice of financial planners, psychoanalysts, therapists, household management consultants, priests, rabbis, and the
About the Author
Elizabeth Weil is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a platform she frequently uses to explore the pressing issues in her life. She has also published numerous personal essays in Vogue, Real Simple, Glamour, and other magazines.
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