Mating Rituals of the North American WASP [NOOK Book]

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After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can't remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man's hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring. Not what she expected, but close enough! The next day she receives a phone call from the Las Vegas one-night stand, Luke, ...
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After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can't remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man's hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring. Not what she expected, but close enough! The next day she receives a phone call from the Las Vegas one-night stand, Luke, claiming she's already married to him¬-and he faxes her the license for proof! Both are ready for an annulment, until Peggy arrives in quaint New Nineveh, CT, where Luke cares for his Great Aunt, and the old woman makes Peggy an offer she can't refuse.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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)

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Library Journal

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.
—Rebecca Vnuk

Kirkus Reviews
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?
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!"
Alison Pace
"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."
Authormagazine.org
"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."
Booklist
"[An] appealing romantic comedy."
Literature Chick.com
"Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton is a hysterical look at love between the mismatched."
Quest Magazine
"...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!"
Real Simple
"You'll get a chuckle out of this lighthearted beach read."
Vogue.com
"[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."
Carol Goodman
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
Emily Giffin
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446550673
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 376,413
  • File size: 916 KB

Meet the Author

Lauren Lipton

Lauren Lipton is a journalist who specializes in lifestyle, business, fashion, and trend stories. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Portfolio, In Style Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Forbes Woman, Glamour, Marie Claire, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She lives in New York City and in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

For more information please visit www.laurenlipton.com/

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    ok nothing special

    I liked the book, but it was nothing special. I found it dragged on a tad. I think it could have been cut down a lot. I liked the ending a lot though. It lagged a tad.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    So good!

    It's one of those reads where you can imagine yourself in the heroine's position...wishing you make that same choice. The one where the girl may get "that" guy. At least, you hope for it.
    It was an easy read and just something you don't want to put down. I've recommended this to all my friends.
    Oddly enough, it was the cover that caught my eye, because I can tell you that the title threw me off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    a lot of fun

    This book was a lot of fun to read, quick reading, and the characters came alive.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Add this one to your summer chick lit list

    Peggy has been living with her boyfriend Brock for seven years now. As she heads to Vegas for a friend's bachelorette party, she gives Brock an ultimatum - they need to be engaged within a year or she'll leave. Peggy has a great time in Vegas. Maybe too great. She wakes up the morning of departure to find herself (fully clothed) in bed with a nice looking man (fully clothed as well.) She has no idea who he is or what she did the night before. (Except maybe drink a little too much) She sneaks out of the room, meets up with her best friend and business partner Bex and they head back to New York.
    Bex has no answer either when Peggy asks "What did I do!". But someone does. She gets her answer when she gets a call from someone named Luke - who informs her that they got married that night in Vegas! Luke is Luke Silas Sedgwick of the New Nineveh, Connecticut Sedgwicks. (said with a slightly nasal upper crust tone...) They both agree that an annulment would be appropriate. That is until Luke's great aunt makes them an offer neither can refuse. Stay married for a year and they'll inherit millions. Both need the money, so they agree to the terms.

    And that's as far into the plot as I'm going to get. What follows is a tale of near hits/misses, he thinks/she thinks, missed opportunities and a fairy tale ending. Is there such a thing as love at first sight?

    Lipton has crafted an entertaining read with likable characters. I especially enjoyed Aunt Abigail - a feisty 90 year old, who seems to know a bit more about Luke and Peggy than they do. The depictions of 'society' were quite funny. Bunny, Liddy, Topher, The Daughters of New England, the importance of wearing just the right clothes, not eating at get-togethers and painting your house white with black shutters provided a fun look at the 'upper crust'. Peggy herself was a great character, warm, funny and caring. Her boyfriend Brock is a perfect dolt. Luke is that fairy tale prince - poetry writing, sensitive and romantic.

    None of the story will be a surprise, but Lipton has crafted a thoroughly entertaining feel good book. The movie What Happens in Vegas has a similar plot. Although, I could see Matthew McConaughey starring in a movie of Mating Rituals.

    If you're looking for the perfect book to stick in your beach bag or read in the hammock (that's where I read mine!) then this is the book for you

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    I LOVED IT!!

    Frustrated that it only took her friend Andrea thirteen months to met and get engaged to her dream-man, Peggy Adams gets into fight with her boyfriend of seven years because he refuses to consider marriage. She escapes to Vegas for Andrea's bachelorette party and proceeds to get stinking drunk.

    The next morning she wakes up in a stranger's bedroom, (fully clothed thank goodness) and sneaks away. Back home again the guilt is almost overwhelming when her boyfriend Brock presents her with an engaged to be engaged ring. But things get shaken up when she gets a phone call from the Vegas stranger. It seems that while she was blissfully drunk, she married Luke Sedgwick, the stuffy and proper WASP from Connecticut.

    Intent on having the marriage annulled Peggy meets with Luke and his lawyer. Living in a town with a population of less than 3,500 it's hard to keep secrets but it still surprising when Luke's great aunt, Abigail finds out about the marriage. With the goal of keeping the Sedgwick dynasty alive she makes the pair an offer they can't refuse and the charade of the weekend wife begins.

    I thought this book was wonderful. Luke and Peggy are unpredictable and endearing. I found myself shaking my fist at them saying, "Enough already. You know you love each other!" Luke is stuffy and comes from a long line of WASPs yet he has a soft heart, writes poetry and can recite Yeats by heart. Peggy yearns for marriage but after years of chasing the dream she now has a husband and two others pursuing her.

    After reading Mating Rituals of the North American WASP I'm definitely going back to read Lipton's first book, It's About Your Husband. This has been one of my favorite books this year and I highly recommend it for chick-lit and contemporary romance lovers.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    LIGHT SUMMER READING

    MATING RITUALS OF THE
    NORTH AMERICAN WASP
    Lauren Lipton
    5 Spot
    Grand Central Publishing
    $13.99-Paperback
    ISBN: 0-446-19797-1
    368 pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    Peggy Adams, main character of MATING RITUALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WASP by Lauren Lipton, wants to get married. She has lived with her boyfriend, Brock, for sometime now and he seems to be no closer to popping the question than he was when they first met.

    She takes a trip to Las Vegas with her friends to try and relax after one of her fights with Brock and ends up with a strange man, Luke Sedgwick, in her bed. She discovers, once she returns to New York, that she actually married this man during a night of serious drinking.

    The Sedgwick's are known as THE wasp family in New Nineveh, Connecticut. Luke, along with his Aunt Abigail, is the last of the Sedgewicks. Abigail is ninety and it her wish that Luke produce a child to continue their lineage. With this in mind she strikes a "deal" with Peggy and Luke to remain married, instead of annulling the marriage, for a period of one year. After that year, they can divorce and both would be able to sell the old mansion and split the funds from the sale of the home.

    Peggy spends her week days in New York taking care of the business she owns with her friend, Bex. She has no intention of moving permanently to New Nineveh and sees the arrangement she made with Luke and Abigail as a means to fund their failing business and pay for the wedding she hopes will eventually happen. What she didn't count on was being attracted to Luke or forming a real affection for Abigail.

    This story is not a particularly inventive one, but one that is a pleasant read with an ending that you can put together after the first three chapters. It would make a good summer read for anyone who just wants light reading.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    This is an often amusing satirical take on the opposites attract theme

    Celebrating a night in Las Vegas, Peggy Adams wakes up the next morning to learn she is married to a stranger Luke Sedgwick. His family is old Connecticut money that dates back to colonial times though the fortunes are shrinking rapidly. He is the last of his family except for his elderly Aunt Abigail who he is the caretaker of. Her heritage is listed in the local phonebook.-------------

    Peggy comes to the dilapidated Revolutionary War era manor in New Ninevah to get Luke to sign the annulment papers. Abigail is upset being old school as she refuses to allow a divorce without trying to keep them together. She offers them a counter deal to the annulment. If Luke and Peggy remain married for a year, she will give her great nephew permission to sell the elephant they live in and split the money between them. Peggy and Luke agree; as she needs capital to save her failing business and he wants to be a writer, which his current responsibilities will not allow. Neither is prepared for the issues of being married, the misconceptions surrounding many things like his poetry and her boyfriend of seven years Brock Clovis nor the fact they are falling in love with their spouse.---------------

    This is an often amusing satirical take on the opposites attract theme starring two nice protagonists and a solid support cast especially his ailing Aunt. Although the basic entertaining story line offers nothing new to the overall topic, fans will laugh at the antics of the cast as Lauren Lipton deftly using hyperbole lampoons the MATING RITUALS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WASP.------------

    Harriet Klausner

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