The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 27, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Girls from Ames shares an intimate look at a small-town bridal shop, its multigenerational female owners, and the love between parents and daughters as they prepare for their wedding day.

Thousands of women have stepped inside Becker’s Bridal, in Fowler, Michigan, to try on their dream dresses in the Magic Room, a special space with soft lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that carry a bride’s image into infinity. The women bring with them their most precious expectations about romance, love, fidelity, permanence, and tradition. Each bride who passes through has a story to tell—one that carried her there, to that dress, that room, that moment.

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 four generations, Becker’s has witnessed transformations in how America views the institution of marriage: some of the shop’s clientele are becoming stepmothers, some are older brides, some are pregnant. Shop owner Shelley has a special affection for all the brides, hoping their journeys will be easier than hers. Jeffrey Zaslow weaves their true stories using a reporter’s research and a father’s heart.

The lessons Zaslow shares from within the Magic Room are at times joyful, at times heartbreaking, and always with insight on marriage, family, and the lessons that parents—especially mothers—pass on to their daughters about love. Weaving together secrets, memories, and family tales, The Magic Room explores the emotional lives of women in the twenty-first century.


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User Review  - CasaBooks - LibraryThing

Drove thru Fowler recently and by "Becker Bridal" on a Sunday and it was like a ghost-town. Wanted to read this, so now seemed the time. True behind the scenes stories of running a business, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lynda - Goodreads

I love the concept which I won't reiterate here since so many others have described it already. I would not be critical at all if this was a novice writer. But I understand Mr. Zaslow was (before his ... Read full review


Title Page
Chapter Two Danielle
Chapter Five Grandma
pter Seven The Mother Daughter Business
Chapter Eight Megan
Chapter Eleven Julie
Chapter Thirteen Ashley
Chapter Fifteen Erika
Chapter Sixteen When Shelley Stepped Away
Chapter Eighteen Megan
pter Twenty A New Generation
Chapter Twentytwo Ashley
Chapter Twentyfour Outside the Doorway

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About the author (2011)

Jeffrey Zaslow was a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls from Ames. He was coauthor with Chesley Sullenberger on Highest Duty; with Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband on Gabby; and with Randy Pausch on The Last Lecture, the number one bestseller.

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