I became helplessly addicted to the reality show "Guiliana & Bill" while out on medical leave from teaching because of the love and friendship shaI became helplessly addicted to the reality show "Guiliana & Bill" while out on medical leave from teaching because of the love and friendship shared between these two people. I even cried along with Guiliana as they faced infertility issues. (I am a softie and I just hate to see people hurt!) When their book came out I knew I would be reading it, and I must say for what it is, it is a five star read for me. Most people that know me know this isn't my usual genre, but I think the thoughts about marriage and being newlyweds presented by the Rancics are sincere and provide good food for thought. The little anecdotes made me smile, and I really couldn't get enough of the words of wisdom passed on to Bill from his deceased father.
As a newlywed myself (three years this July!) I appreciate and see the value in learning how to constantly assess and improve my marriage with my husband. We are a team, and I see that in the Rancics. Unlike many books on the subject of marriage and starting a life together, this book wasn't full of itself or preachy.
Beyond that, we just can't relate to some of the issues the Rancics have. Juggling two homes, making huge purchases, and jetting off at a moment's notice is not part of our life and never will be. (Remember, I teach high school.) I don't have much sympathy for the L.A. mentality when so many are struggling - when good, hard-working people are struggling. Sometimes anecdotes that reflected this irritated me, but I went with it.
All in all, it's an interesting look at a marriage that provides a platform for discussion with a partner. I still love the Rancics and I hope they get their big family. ...more
Anyone that knows me knows I am obsessed with movies - particularly those generally nominated for Oscars. I like my movies dark, dramatic, and thoughtAnyone that knows me knows I am obsessed with movies - particularly those generally nominated for Oscars. I like my movies dark, dramatic, and thought-provoking. That being said, I am also addicted to awards season - the Oscars being one of my favorite nights of the year. This book goes behind the scenes of The Big Show, and is a must-read for any movie lover. ...more