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

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Read How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage Online Free - Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it. As journalist Jo Piazza began planning her own wedding she realized that American marriage traditions focus more on the perfect dress, the Instagram-worthy decorations, and the menu than on how to make a real, lasting, joy-filled commitment.

What comes after the whirlwind romance and fairy-tale wedding? How do you create a marriage that lasts in a world where marriage is increasingly becoming obsolete? A travel editor, Jo finds herself in the unique position of being able to devote the first year of her marriage to exploring the rituals, customs, and traditions from other countries and cultures in an attempt to learn how to be (happily) married.

With elegant prose, astute reporting and hilarious insight into the human psyche, this provocative book portrays Jo's journey around the globe in search of what a modern marriage should look like and shares the most effective advice from hundreds of real women and men on 5 continents. An extraordinary memoir about what really happens after we say I do, Jo and her husband come up against much more than they bargained for in that first year together, from receiving a terrifying health diagnosis to caring for sick parents and losing a job.

Yet, their spirit, curiosity, humor, and love are unflagging throughout as they interview hundreds of men and women on a range of topics from polygamy in Kenya, open marriage in France, sex in Orthodox Israel, and marital equality in Sweden. They conquer a wife-carrying competition in Maine, nearly suffocate in a Mexican Temazcal, investigate a matrilineal tribe in India, learn how to salsa together in Chile, and overpower all of their fears on one of the world's tallest mountains. Ultimately, this book is a grand experiment that will forever change the way we look at marriage and commitment.

Title : 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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ISBN : 0451495551
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 284 pages


Dani rated it ★★★☆☆

July 25, 2017

Okay so I find the author complainy and at times insufferable. I liked the travelogue aspect and the marriage advice from different countries - I just didn't like her story. Advice includes: take care of yourself first, having your own life/friends separate from spouse, take turn talking to your...

Gregory rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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 overview, imagine a second rate blogger writing a book about how she “discovered” that fruits, vegetables,...

Amanda rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The author is a local San Francisco girl who decides to travel all over the world during her first year of marriage to gain insight about marriage tips and practices in different cultures. It was interesting to read the chapters set in various countries thr...

Iman rated it ★★★★☆

September 11, 2017

Interesting : a little long and not all useful, but still quite interesting.

Cathy rated it ★★★★☆

March 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, sometimes with her new husband and sometimes without him. Wherever she went she collected advice...

Sandra rated it ★★★★☆

March 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 interesting style of writing which I enjoyed and she wrote this book very well. A very thought-provoking bo...

Roxanne rated it ★★★★★

March 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 (which I found difficult) . Then she travels around the world to 20 countries to find out what mak...

Lindaanne rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 21, 2017

I was disappointed by this book. From the blurb I thought Piazza would give her readers valuable insight into marital customs in other countries, garnered from her own travels. While I expected some subjective input from the author, this book has far too much of it. In fact "How to be Married" is...

Kayo rated it ★★★★★

February 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 married a long time, this book is a great way of looking at life. I loved it. I received this for fre...

Kelsey rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017

I loved this book! Love, travel, humor, practical ideas, thought-provoking...what's not to love?! Seriously. I picked up this book and was surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. It was informative, real, and serious, yet had slices of humor throughout. Marriage is certainly a sensitive topic, a...

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