The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters

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Penguin, Dec 27, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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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.


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Two of my daughters purchased their wedding gowns

User Review  - mintcity -

at this shop which is just a town over from us. I purchased two of the books to give them. It was so sad to hear that he was soon killed after writing this book in an automobile accident. Such a tragedy for his family friends and readers. Read full review

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User Review  - bookwormteri - LibraryThing

A small family owned bridal store in Michigan sees it's fair share of brides. The stories behind the brides are sweet and interesting. It's not a heavy read but sweet and light. 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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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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