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The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy
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(2.5) McCarthy writes about weddings and relationships for The Washington Post. Ironically, McCarthy got that gig the day after breaking off a long-term relationship. This is a collection of short pieces about modern dating, breakups, wedding ceremonies, marriage, and making love last. Everything she learned in her reporting career found a mirror in her own life as she courted and married Aaron and negotiated the special challenges of an interfaith couple.

The style is breezy and humorous, largely anecdote- and interview-based, with some heartfelt moments. If you’re a wedding junkie you’ll definitely enjoy it, but I didn’t think it broke new ground. My favorite chapters were from the section on keeping a marriage going – which probably reflects my own stage of life. The single best piece of advice she conveys is “your partner is not a renovation project.”
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