How to Be Married

What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First(Really Hard) Year of Marriage

by Jo Piazza

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.


Recent Reviews

Great Valentine's Day for a married couple or a wedding gift.

KF Carl

5 Stars

I found this to be a light hearted hook tackling a serious topic.  I read marriage books and self help books pretty regularly. Generally they can leave you feel anxious but this one held such profound and positive wisdom!  Highly…

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Must Read for Singles

Susan Irwin

4.5 Stars

This book gets down to the nitty-gritty of marriage, touching on subjects that are often not thought of before the trip down the aisle.  The author interviewed many women for this book, obtaining marriage do's and don'ts across the…

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Funny, and spot-on

Jessica Lietz

4.5 Stars

How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Suriviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage by Jo Piazza is a combination of memoir, travel log and advice book. The author takes a humorous tone that…

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5 Stars

H. Marshall

5 Stars

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

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