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How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage
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How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage

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Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it.

At age thirty-four, Jo Piazza got her romantic-comedy ending when she met the man of her dreams on a boat in the Galápagos Islands and was engaged three months later. But before long, Jo found herself riddled with questions. How do you make a marriage work in a world where you no longer need to be married? How does an independent, strong-willed feminist become someone’s partner—all the time?

In the tradition of writers such as Nora Ephron and Elizabeth Gilbert, award-winning journalist and nationally bestselling author Jo Piazza writes a provocative memoir of a real first year of marriage that will forever change the way we look at matrimony.

A travel editor constantly on the move, Jo journeys to twenty countries on five continents to figure out what modern marriage means. Throughout this stunning, funny, warm, and wise personal narrative, she gleans wisdom from matrilineal tribeswomen, French ladies who lunch, Orthodox Jewish moms, Swedish stay-at-home dads, polygamous warriors, and Dutch prostitutes.

Written with refreshing candor, elegant prose, astute reporting, and hilarious insight into the human psyche, How to Be Married offers an honest portrait of an utterly charming couple. When life throws more at them than they ever expected—a terrifying health diagnosis, sick parents to care for, unemployment—they ultimately create a fresh understanding of what it means to be equal partners during the good and bad times. Through their journey, they reveal a framework that will help the rest of us keep our marriages strong, from engagement into the newlywed years and beyond.

Title:How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0451495551
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:284 pages
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    How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage Reviews

  • Cathy
    Mar 20, 2017

    I won this book from a goodreads giveaway, and I was so excited to read it. The author, Jo Piazza, got married. As a journalist, she spent the first year of her marriage traveling all over the world, ...

  • Sandra
    Mar 22, 2017

    How to Be Married:What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage is a very entertaining book. As a travel editor, Jo Piazza has an interestin...

  • Roxanne
    Mar 04, 2017

    This is a Goodreads win review. I really loved this book. The lady finds her perfect guy but she wonders how to make marriage work when she is a feminist. She writes about her first year of marriage (...

  • Kay
    Feb 05, 2017

    Thought this was very thought-provoking. A book about authors marriage, but a book about other marriages around the world. Fun and very entertaining! If you are a newlywed or someone that has been mar...

  • Amber Creed
    Apr 28, 2017

    A book on marriage. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I snagged this on Amazon, but then again, I don't fully know what I'm getting into when I get married in October of 2018 either. This boo...

  • Kate Athens
    Apr 27, 2017

    This book was really interesting. As someone who got married in the last year and had a similar medical experience to the author, a lot of it hit pretty close to home. The most interesting parts of th...

  • Kelsey Dallas
    Apr 23, 2017

    My fiancé surprised me with this book, and it was such a treat. It helped me work through some of my ongoing anxieties about marriage and come up with some steps to take to build a stronger, healthie...

  • Monique
    Apr 22, 2017

    I really didn't know what to expect from this book. Piazza is a fantastic writer and I loved each chapter, which described her experiences and lessons learned from countries all over the world. Also, ...

  • Gregory
    May 17, 2017

    (I received this book as Goodreads giveaway.)“How to be Married” was a disaster. All pretense and no substance. I will get into some specific complaints in a moment. But, if you want a quick overv...

  • Ann Rufo
    May 10, 2017

    If Piazza's worldwide travels in search of answers tells us one thing it is that no two marriages are alike. A marriage is a product of those two specific people and how and what they experience in th...