The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow

84%

18 Critic Reviews

Each personal story told by the mothers and daughters comes alive. . .
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling journalist and author of The Girls from Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow, takes us to a multi- generational family owned small-town bridal shop to explore the emotional lives of women in the 21st century.

You may not have heard of Fowler, Michigan, much less Becker's Bridal. But for the thousands of women who have stepped inside, Becker's is the site of some of the most important moments of their lives-moments that speak to us all. Housed in a former bank, the boutique owners transformed the vault into a "magic room," with soft church lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that make lifelong dreams come true.

Illuminating the poignant aspects of a woman's journey to the altar, The Magic Room tells the stories of memorable women on the brink of commitment. Run by the same family for years, Becker's has witnessed transformations in how America views the institution of marriage; some of the shop's clientele are becoming stepmothers, or starting married life for a second time. In The Girls from Ames, beloved author Jeffrey Zaslow used friendships to explore the emotional lives of women. In The Magic Room, he turns his perceptive eye to weddings and weaves together secrets, memories and family tales to explore the hopes and dreams we have for our daughters.

 

About Jeffrey Zaslow

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Coauthor of the international bestseller The Last Lecture, award-winning journalist JEFFREY ZASLOW writes the Wall Street Journal’s “Moving On” column, which has inspired several Oprah segments. He has also written for Time and USA Weekend. Zaslow lives in Detroit with his wife and their three daughters.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Avery. 314 pages
Genres: Other, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 18 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Nov 01 2011

Zaslow’s profile of the bridal shop. . .is almost as riveting as the bridal tales.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susannah Meadows on Dec 14 2011

. . .shows the poignancy in everyday love stories.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Simpson-Brice on Dec 09 2011

Each personal story told by the mothers and daughters comes alive. . .

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Carole Turner on Jan 05 2012

When and if Zaslow becomes a father of the bride, he knows what his role will be. He learned it well at Becker's.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Walker on Jan 15 2012

. . . has all the makings of a cozy, nostalgic wedding read.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen McCarthy on Jan 06 2012

The tales are sentimental, but we’re not with any of brides long enough to develop an emotional attachment.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Irene Levine on Jan 06 2012

Few people can tell stories with as much heart and feeling as. . . Zaslow. . .

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The Columbus Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on Jan 01 2012

. . .a mostly rosy look at eight of the brides who have chosen wedding gowns here and at the family that has made those purchases possible.

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Joanne Latimer on Jan 25 2012

. . .the book is clear-eyed about modern marriage and the wedding industry.

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PBG Lifestyle Magazine

Excellent

Overall, though, there’s Happily Ever After in this book, and I was completely captivated by it.

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Hour Detroit

Above average
Reviewed by Eve Silberman on Mar 01 2012

These stories are touching. They give some affirmation to the jacket blurb’s gush over the “true magic” experienced by generations of Becker’s shoppers. But this book’s cautionary tale is striking.

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Ladies' Home Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Carisa McLaughlin on Jan 11 2012

If you’re looking for a slice of truly homespun Americana that’ll make you say “awwwww”. . .you’ll devour The Magic Room.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Jan 08 2012

. . .there’s so much love and hope in this book that I recommend a box of tissues.

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Kritters Ramblings

Excellent
Reviewed by Kritter on Jan 17 2012

Such a great book for women of all ages - young and old and in between will enjoy this book as they remember their own shopping adventures or have had a few dreams about their upcoming shopping adventures.

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Teresa's Reading Corner

Below average
Reviewed by Teresa on Dec 29 2011

. . .The Magic Room fell short for me.

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Tread Softly

Good
Reviewed by Angela on Dec 28 2011

Jeffrey Zaslow writes about parents and daughters with a light hand, lovingly telling their tales in such a way that it’s not surprising to learn that he is a father of girls himself.

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Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave

Good
Reviewed by Donna Brown on Jan 16 2012

. . .a wonderful mix of anecdotes, family history, economic history and statistics.

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Everyday Reading

Above average
on Dec 29 2011

There are so many people in this book and so many different angles to the story, and yet it's a very cohesive book. I didn't have trouble keeping the brides or the Becker family members straight and I didn't feel like there wasn't enough backstory on anyone...

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