Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings

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Colleen Curran
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 384 pages
Original essays by Top Women Writers
Julianna Baggott _ Curtis Sittenfeld _ Catherine Ingrassia _ Elizabeth Craneá
Lara Vapnyar _ Lisa Carver _ Carina Chocano _ Rory Evans _ Jennifer Armstrong _ Elise Mac Adam _ Janelle Brown _ Daisy de Villeneuve _ Meghan Daum _ Amy Sohn _ Samina Ali _ Farah L. Miller _ Gina Zucker _ Kathleen Hughes _ Jacquelyn Mitchard _ Ruth Davis Konigsberg _ Lori Leibovich _ Julie Powell _ Jill Eisenstadt _ Anne Carle _ Amanda Eyre Ward _ Amy Bloom _ Dani Shapiro

Anyone who is intimated by the prospect of planning a wedding will laugh out loudáand take solace in Altared.áIn this unexpected, heartwarming, thought-provoking collection, more than two dozen of our most perceptive and entertaining writers offer a wide range of takes on the modern wedding.á It's all here. Fantasies. Realities. Fond memories. A few regrets. From planning it to doing it and everything in between.

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User Review  - kristenn - LibraryThing

A nice balance of scenarios by some very entertaining writers. A pretty safe book as a gift for the newly-engaged, in that it's all happy endings. Even the person who calls off the wedding seemed to ... Read full review

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User Review  - jehara - LibraryThing

this is a great collection of essays written by women writers. i really enjoyed all of them and found some of them especially illuminating. there was a full range of experiences captured. one ... Read full review


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the child bride and groom
the wedding vow
diana martha and me
the dress
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the girl the dress and the leap
family budget
parental control
my perfect wedding
going bridal
my mothers wedding myselfFrom City Hall to Having It All
father of the bride
getting hitched
first reader i made him up and then i married him

back in black
plans preparations
there went the bride
my bridal meltdown
the bestlaid wedding plansHow I Called Off My Wedding
etiquette registry
manners and the marrying girl
the registry strikes back
weddings the single girl
it all started with princess di
the honor of my presence
the second trimester
my socalled indie wedding
weddings arent just for straight people anymore
rubber chicken
to have or have notSex on the Wedding Night
for better or for worse?
survivor honeymoon
weddings for everyone
happily ever after

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About the author (2008)

Colleen Curran was engaged for three years before she planned her own wedding. Fearful of the process and confused by what it meant to plan a wedding, she set out to find out how other women view weddings today. Her stories have been published in places like Jane and The Dictionary of Failed Relationships. Whores on the Hill was her debut novel and is available from Vintage Books. She married her fiancÚ this past summer, after beginning work on this anthology, and is now happily married in Richmond, Virginia where she lives and works.

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