Synopses & Reviews
Hana Schank had never given much thought to her wedding, or even really imagined herself married, so when she found herself suddenly sporting a brand-new engagement ring she assumed planning a small, low-key wedding would be no big deal. But soon she finds herself adrift in Wedding Land, a world where all brides are expected to want to look like Cinderella, where women plan weddings with fantasy butterfly themes, where a woman's wedding is, without question, the Happiest Day of Her Life.
Despite her best efforts not to become a Bridezilla, Hana finds herself transformed from a thirty-year-old woman with a 401(k) into a nearly unrecognizable version of herself as she spends weeks crafting save-the-date cards, worries about matching her cocktails to her wedding colors, and obsessively reads Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
She decides that, if she is going to follow traditions like wearing white and walking down the aisle with flowers, she at least wants to understand why. In her search she turns up interesting wedding facts: bridesmaids, for instance, were originally recruited to confuse evil spirits. Ultimately, she casts a critical eye on the $72 billion wedding industry, from the women at wedding websites who cackle over the etiquette missteps of others to wedding magazines that provide checklists of 187 tasks to plan the perfect wedding, suggesting that to have anything less is to fail as a bride, as a woman, as a wife.
Part confessional memoir, part social critique, A More Perfect Union chronicles a year in Wedding Land, capturing as it does not only the stresses but the undoubted joys of becoming a bride.
"Not at all profound, but middle-class brides ought to enjoy this nuptial memoir." Kirkus Reviews
A humorous memoir about the trials and triumphs of the year leading up to the author's wedding recounts her efforts to balance the advice of her loved ones, her transformation from career woman into would-be bride, and her ambivalence in the face of unsettling divorce statistics, in a personal account complemented by historical facts about wedding traditions. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
From a year in "wedding land" comes this humorous yet poignant memoir from choosing the perfect gown to balancing advice, from well-intentioned loved ones to avoiding the dreaded label "bridezilla."
Hana Schank had never given much thought to her wedding, or to marriage in general, for that matter. That, is until she found herself newly engaged and trying to plan the "Happiest Day of Her Life": spending weeks crafting save-the-date cards, worrying incessantly about every minute detail -- even matching her cocktails to her wedding colors -- and obsessively reading Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Hana soon decides that if she is going to follow traditions like wearing white and walking down the aisle with flowers, she wants to know why. In her search, she turns up several interesting wedding facts and ultimately casts a critical eye on a $72 billion wedding industry that pressures women into becoming obsessive-compulsive Bridezillas.
Part confessional memoir, part social critique, A More Perfect Union chronicles a year of wedding planning, capturing as it does not only the stresses but also the undoubted joys of becoming a bride.
About the Author
Hana Schank has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She has written features and a daily column for CBSNews.com, and her writing has appeared in Glamour and Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir. Hana is also the founder and president of Hana Schank Consulting, an information-architecture and user-experience consultancy. She hopes never to plan another wedding.
Table of Contents
1. Welcome to Wedding Land
2. The Princess Diaries
3. The Great Wall of China
4. Who's Afraid of Martha Stewart?
5. Waiting for Cha Cha
7. These Colors Don't Run
8. A Ribbon Runs Through It
9. The Happiest Day of My Life