Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter's Notebook
On Sale: April 21, 2015
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From a Washington Post weddings reporter who’s covered more
than two hundred walks down the aisle comes a warm, witty,
and wise book about relationships—the mystery, the science,
and the secrets of how we find love and make it last.
Ellen McCarthy has explored the complete journey of our
timeless quest for “The One,” the Soul Mate, the Real Thing.
This indispensable collection of insights—on dating,
commitment, breakups, weddings, and marriage—gives us a
window into enduring romance:
• Go Online Already—“It’s a major time suck and a black hole
of rejection and ambiguity and lies. But you know what? It
• Keep It Confidential—“If you have to get something off
your chest, pick someone whose wisdom you really trust, and
who isn’t likely to spread the gossip to all your mutual
• Be Nice—“Brewing the morning coffee, touching the small of
your partner’s back, filling their car with gas. These
things add up to more relationship satisfaction than a fancy
dinner on Valentine’s Day ever could.”
The Real Thing features many more nuggets of wisdom,
valuable information from the latest studies on commitment,
candid testimonials from a variety of couples, and the
personal story of McCarthy’s own search for “the
keeper”—which begins, ironically, with a breakup the very
same day she started as the Post’s full-time weddings reporter.
Whether you’re looking for love or looking to strengthen
your relationship, this book is a wonderful and clear-eyed
map to the human heart.
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