author of See Jane Date and Questions To Ask Befor Melissa Senate
"How I love this funny, smart, full-of-heart novel about the 'I Do' coming before the 'I love you.' Lauren Lipton is one of my new favorite authors!"
"Stylishy written, closely observed, and compulsively readable, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is an absolute treat. It's The Undomestic Goddess meets The Gold Coast to fantastic results."
bestselling author of Must Love Dogs Claire Cook
"Lauren Lipton's Mating Rituals of the North American WASP simply buzzes with wit, charm and irreverence. Lots of fun twists and turns and stingingly spot on details!"
Meg Cabot - Author of The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND
"Smart, sassy, and impossible to put down! Readers will love Lauren Lipton."
Carol Goodman - Author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Ghost on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND
"Wickedly funny, yet deeply poignant, this book marks the debut of a sparkling new voice. Lipton writes with wit, intelligence, and, most of all, heart."
Emily Giffin - Author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND
"Lipton is a talented writer who has created a genuinely likeable character in Iris. Striking a balance between silly and serious, this tale of her transition from homesick Californian to real 'New Yorker' will resonate with readers everywhere."
"The conventions of romantic comedies have become so hidebound that we now have the term "rom-com," as dismissive as "sit-com." Cute meet, check. Don't like each other at first, check. Fight the attraction, check. Get together in the end, check. This leaves room for only two things that can elevate a novel over the usual dross: style and observation. Luckily, WASP contains a generous helping of both. Lipton's ability to get inside the minds of the characters, and, consequently, to make us care about them, is top-notch, as are her notes on the WASP/preppie world."
"[An] appealing romantic comedy."
"Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton is a hysterical look at love between the mismatched."
"...delightfully romantic. Her characters are believable and, more importantly, they're likable...Lipton depicts the WASP lifestyle with insightful accuracy, but always in a tone that's both witty and wry. Moreover, the talented works of poetry...is an unexpected and appreciated bonus...[WASP] is the full package: a clever plot, captivating characters, and the affirmation that there's someone out there for everyone - even the waspiest of WASPs. If you're headed to the beach, this is definitely one to pick up!"
"You'll get a chuckle out of this lighthearted beach read."
"[One of] summer's best beach reads: A crumbling manse, whiskey punch, and the ruggedly handsome scion of a preppy Connecticut family lead to an unorthodox marriage pact in Lauren Lipton's Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp."
Wickedly funny, yet deeply poignant, this book marks the debut of a sparkling new voice. Lipton writes with wit, intelligence, and, most of all, heart.
Author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Ghost on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND
Lipton is a talented writer who has created a genuinely likeable character in Iris. Striking a balance between silly and serious, this tale of her transition from homesick Californian to real 'New Yorker' will resonate with readers everywhere.
Author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND
Lipton's second effort (after It's About Your Husband) is a feast of standard genre fare redeemed by the author's wit. After a night of partying in Vegas, Peggy Adams wakes up married to a stranger. Her new husband is Luke Sedgwick, scion of an old Connecticut family who manages the dwindling family fortune and cares for his elderly aunt Abigail in the crumbling ancestral manse. When Peggy arrives in Connecticut to sign the annulment papers, Abigail intervenes, unwilling to let the last living Sedgwick get divorced on her watch. She poses a deal: if they stay married for a year, Abigail will allow them to sell the Sedgwick estate and split the proceeds. Since Peggy needs a windfall to save her faltering business and Luke wants to pursue his dream of becoming a writer, they agree, but married life brings plenty of familiar obstacles and a foregone romantic conclusion. Lipton's skewering of WASPy "culture" is reliably entertaining, and her perfectly mismatched leads are sturdier than most. It won't change your life, but it'll help kill a couple hours at the beach. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Peggy, the co-owner of a Manhattan soap boutique, discovers that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. It's bad enough that she wakes up in a stranger's hotel room, but it gets worse when said stranger calls her a few days later from rural Connecticut to explain that they are now legally wed. Luke, her new husband, is Old Money, meaning that he doesn't really have any. However, the family house goes back to the Revolutionary War era and is worth a fortune. His doddering aunt has rewritten her will, giving the house to Luke and Peggy. One catch-they need to stay married for one year in order to lay claim and sell it. Peggy decides to go through with the sham marriage because it will allow her to save her store and push her boyfriend into a lavish wedding. Lipton (It's About Your Husband) fleshes out a familiar Vegas story to create a full, satisfying novel laced with truly funny dialog. For all readers of women's fiction.
A night of drunken Las Vegas passion results in a quickie marriage for an anxious Manhattanite and a laconic preppy she would never have seen herself with. Opposites may indeed attract, but the harsh light of morning brings nothing but regrets for Peggy Adams, who flees Luke Sedgwick's sleeping form wondering how on earth she ended up in his bed. Things get even trickier when he tracks her down from his small New England town to say that while they may not have technically consummated it, they are indeed man and wife. Thing is, Peggy already has a guy, handsome commitment-phobic cameraman Brock Clovis, whom she has been dating for seven years. Recalling very little of her "wedding" to Luke, Peggy hightails it to New Nineveh, Conn., to dissolve their unlikely union. They agree to an annulment, but complications ensue as Luke's elderly Great Aunt Abigail finds herself over-the-moon at the prospect of her beloved nephew finally settling down with a nice girl, whom she mistakenly takes to be one of them. Luke and Abby are actually roommates, and the last of their blue-blooded kind, with Luke looking out for her and ministering to the family's dwindling estate, which includes a stunning mansion in desperate need of repair. Her health failing, Abby helpfully revises her will, giving the house to both Luke and Peggy-provided they stay married for a year. Realizing how the proceeds from the house could really help her struggling small business, Peggy agrees to a part-time marriage-of-convenience, visiting Luke on weekends while Brock travels for work. Intrigued by Luke's Yankee customs, Peggy fights her growing attraction, while Luke, in turn, writes secret love poems that a snooping Peggyassumes are for another woman. Not a chance. The usual obstacles mount up, and Peggy makes a fateful love choice, one that she might not be able to get out of this time. Lipton's second novel (It's About Your Husband, 2006) does little to distinguish itself from the competition, but the Connecticut scenes provide some funny moments. Peanut butter and bacon on crackers, anyone?
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Smart, sassy, and impossible to put down! Readers will love Lauren Lipton.
Author of The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND