The Magic Room

The Magic Room

A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters

Book - 2012
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Girls from Ames shares an intimate look at a small-town bridal shop, its multigenerational female owners, and the love between parents and daughters as they prepare for their wedding day.

Thousands of women have stepped inside Becker's Bridal, in Fowler, Michigan, to try on their dream dresses in the Magic Room, a special space with soft lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that carry a bride's image into infinity. The women bring with them their most precious expectations about romance, love, fidelity, permanence, and tradition. Each bride who passes through has a story to tell--one that carried her there, to that dress, that room, that moment.

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 four generations, Becker's has witnessed transformations in how America views the institution of marriage: some of the shop's clientele are becoming stepmothers, some are older brides, some are pregnant. Shop owner Shelley has a special affection for all the brides, hoping their journeys will be easier than hers. Jeffrey Zaslow weaves their true stories using a reporter's research and a father's heart.

The lessons Zaslow shares from within the Magic Room are at times joyful, at times heartbreaking, and always with insight on marriage, family, and the lessons that parents--especially mothers--pass on to their daughters about love. Weaving together secrets, memories, and family tales, The Magic Room explores the emotional lives of women in the twenty-first century.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781592407415
9781592406616
1592406610
Branch Call Number: 306.874 Z192m 2012
Characteristics: xvii, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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davises88
Aug 17, 2012

Zaslow was a wonderful storyteller. He made the town, the shop, the owners and the brides come alive. Woven through was respect he had for those in the book, a sense of wonder about love and relationships and a hopefulness for the future.

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beanieboy
Jul 08, 2012

Another wonderful book by Zaslow. The joys and tragedies that brought the brides-to-be to Becker Bridal were carefully chosen and beautifully told.

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