Remember how I liked that Larry Miller book a lot at the beginning and then it gradually got less good? The opposite is true of this book. I can't really pinpoint what I found so irritating about it at first, maybe just the tone of it? I don't know, but I found myself intensely not caring about so many chapters. Except the one where she described being a bridesmaid. That entire one was fantastic. I doubt that I'd ever want to read it as a whole again, but it definitely had its moments.
Parts I Liked
- "I was taught that candles are like house cats - domesticated versions of something wild and dangerous."
- "I have never pictured my own wedding. I do want to get married. It's a nice idea. Though I think husbands are like tattoos - you should wait until you come across something you want on your body for the rest of your life instead of just wandering into a tattoo parlor on some idle Sunday and saying, "I feel like I should have one of these suckers by now."
- The idea that if a woman is having a big wedding, she should just get interns instead of bridesmaids. So great.
- "Christ, I thought, is this what it's like to own a golden retriever puppy and take it for a walk? Or to be eight months pregnant and take yourself for a walk? Why do people always want to put their hands on vulnerability?"
- "If I was lucky, she'd let me go down to the kitchen to retrieve the Bremner Wafers tin, which contained all her "special occasion" jewelry. Putting valuable things in the kitchen was a tip she'd read about in Redbook or an insurance pamphlet and it stuck. Should thieves have broken into our house and poured themselves bowls of cereal, they would have found all four of our passports." -- amazing. Love this so idea so much.