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The Bridesmaids: True Tales Of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . And Terrible Dresses (Picador True Tales)

"An entertaining beach read… [and] a nice way to provide your besties with reading material for the bachelorette weekend."—Lauren ConradWHAT DO A FORMER FASHION MODEL, AN EX-NUN, AND A FRAT BOY HAVE IN COMMON? VIRTUALLY NOTHING, EXCEPT THAT EACH HAS EXPERIENCED A UNIVERSAL RITE OF PASSAGE: BEING A BRIDESMAID.Each year 11 million bridesmaids lead their best friends down the aisle. Most wear matching dresses, and nearly all have a thing or two to say about the bride. In this uproarious oral history, editor and journalist Eimear Lynch offers us an intimate glimpse at the moments the wedding photographer failed to capture.From the accidental bridesmaid who helped sew the bride into her "designer" gown to the tomboy who struggled to carry Princess Diana's twenty-five foot train, The Bridesmaids lifts the veil on the Big Day. Opening with her own experiences as a five-time 'maid, Eimear gives us stories that are by turns heartfelt, funny, scandalous, and sometimes downright strange. An ode to the good, the bad, the strapless chiffon, and the occasional three-piece suit—and, above all, to the supporting actresses and actors who wore them—The Bridesmaids is a colorful walk down the aisle that you won't want to miss, and the perfect companion for every bridesmaid-to-be.

File Size: 771 KB

Print Length: 257 pages

Publisher: Picador (April 29, 2014)

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Sold by:  Digital Services LLC

Language: English


Text-to-Speech: Enabled

X-Ray: Not Enabled

Word Wise: Enabled

Lending: Not Enabled

Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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I was really disappointed in this book. I've read quite a few books that are collections of essays about one common topic, and most of them are insightful, reflective and thoughtful. "The Bridesmaids" was none of those things. Another reviewer mentions that it seemed as if the editor of the book asked the contributors to write a "what I did on my summer vacation"-style essay, and I couldn't agree more. I honestly don't know where this editor found these people, and whether the extreme lack of quality of the essays as a whole is due to their inability to write or to insufficient editorial guidance.Each writing segment was told in a very "first this happened, then this happened" style, and the essay would usually end either at the end of the wedding or in a very few simple sentences about whether the bride had gotten divorced since or, if not, how long she'd been happily married now, with the bridesmaid telling how they felt about it on a very basic, surface-level summary. No effort seemed put forth to reflect on the experience and its impact on either the writer's life or how their own story mirrored the wider role of a bridesmaid on a larger, less personal scale.While there were definite moments of humor (my favorite anecdote involving a 35-lb. cat that would NOT stop trying to crash the reception, causing the bridesmaid to eventually give up and start dancing with the cat), overall it was a dull, monotonous read, with many points being repeated over and over. (We get it -- you never wear the dress again, and you should think long and hard before committing to being a bridesmaid.

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