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Holly Johnson

4 Stars

December 31, 2017

How to Be Married (Jo Piazza)

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.

Need a unique wedding gift this year?  'How to Be Married' provides insight from multiple worldviews and cultures about marriage and couple-dom.  As someone deep into the years of marriage and kids, but with a long way (hopefully!) yet to go, it's always interesting to see what the 'experts' have to say.  The author doesn't profess to be one, and this book isn't like all of the others.  It will have you chuckling as you read her, at times caustic, wit and comments on the opinions of married couples from around the world.  I didn't agree with everything I read, and neither will you, but I'll bet that we pick and choose different things - and that's part of the beauty of this book.  It acknowledges and accepts different cultural backgrounds and personality differences, and tries to pull the best of the best wisdom from all of them...for us to try and better ourselves.