Mother of the Bride by Ilene Beckerman
The Dream, the Reality, the Search for a Perfect Dress

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“An account that is sweetly sentimental and brutally honest, touching and witty—in short, a true gem.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A work that adds great luster to an already golden event.” — The Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Her prose is spare, but rich with meaning and always very honest.” — The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Pithy wit and cute drawings sketch the happy tears, bittersweet memories and flares of anxiety that a daughter’s wedding elicits.” — The Dallas Morning News

The relationship between a mother and daughter is often fraught— but never so much as during the preparations for that walk down the aisle. Ilene Beckerman has taken that walk with three daughters and tells us—with great wisdom and wit—why childbirth is less painful than planning a wedding.

About Ilene Beckerman

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Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began herwriting career. Her articles have appeared in many places, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ladies Home Journal; she has judged a People magazines Best and Worst Dressed issue; and her books have been translated into German, Japanese, French, and Portuguese. She travels the country giving her funny and wise talks to large audiences. Sometimes, she says, I feel like Grandma Moses she didnt start until latein life either but I try not to look like her.
Published April 8, 2005 by Algonquin Books. 168 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships, Crime. Non-fiction

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With an enticing mix of wry sophistication and loving na vet , Beckerman succinctly expresses motherhood's enduring push-and-pull: ""All the parenting books say, `Don't rush in with advice,' but who else is going to tell a daughter she needs a slip under that dress?"" Her well-selected memories i...

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