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Mother of the Bride: The Dream, the Reality, the Search for a Perfect Dressby Ilene Beckerman
Synopses & Reviews
“ An account that is sweetly sentimental and brutally honest, touching and witty — in short, a true gem. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“ A work that adds great luster to an already golden event. ” — The Memphis Commercial Appeal
“ Her prose is spare, but rich with meaning and always very honest.” — The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“ Pithy wit and cute drawings sketch the happy tears, bittersweet memories and flares of anxiety that a daughter’s wedding elicits. ” — The Dallas Morning News
The relationship between a mother and daughter is often fraught — but never so much as during the preparations for that walk down the aisle. Ilene Beckerman has taken that walk with three daughters and tells us — with great wisdom and wit — why childbirth is less painful than planning a wedding.
When Ilene Beckerman told us the story of her clothes in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, she captivated women of all ages. Her story moved people to tears and made us laugh out loud, too. Ilene--"Gingy," as she's known--showed us ourselves.
Now Gingy looks at one of life's happiest (and most stressful) events: the planning of a daughter's wedding. Once again this Everywoman takes us lovingly, and hilariously, through another passage in a woman's life. Whether it's searching for a mother-of-the-bride dress that doesn't look like something Mrs. Khrushchev would have worn, or choosing hors d'oeuvres that won't give the guests indigestion, Gingy offers a fresh look at a subject that needs a fresh look. She describes a year of agony and ecstasy--and along the way shares with us a mother's love and expectations for her daughter.
What do five girls--one short, one tall, one buxom, one flat, one who gave birth a month ago--have in common? A bridesmaid's dress they all hate.
About the Author
Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began her writing career. Her articles have appeared in many places,including the New York Times, theLos Angeles Times, andLadies ’ Home Journal; she has judged a Peoplemagazine’s “ Best and Worst Dressed ” issue; and her books have been translated into German,Japanese, French, and Portuguese. She travels the country giving her funny and wise talks to large audiences. “ Sometimes, ” she says, “ I feel like Grandma Moses — she didn’t start until late in life either — but I try not to look like her.”
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