The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters

The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters

by Jeffrey Zaslow

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The New York Times bestselling journalist and author of The Girls from Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow, takes us to a multi- generational family owned small-town bridal shop to explore the emotional lives of women in the 21st century.

You may not have heard of Fowler, Michigan, much less Becker's Bridal. But for the thousands of women who have stepped inside, Becker's is the site of some of the most important moments of their lives-moments that speak to us all. Housed in a former bank, the boutique owners transformed the vault into a "magic room," with soft church lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that make lifelong dreams come true.

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 years, Becker's has witnessed transformations in how America views the institution of marriage; some of the shop's clientele are becoming stepmothers, or starting married life for a second time. In The Girls from Ames, beloved author Jeffrey Zaslow used friendships to explore the emotional lives of women. In The Magic Room, he turns his perceptive eye to weddings and weaves together secrets, memories and family tales to explore the hopes and dreams we have for our daughters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101553633
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 709,749
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Zaslow was a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls from Ames. He was coauthor with Chesley Sullenberger on Highest Duty; with Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband on Gabby; and with Randy Pausch on The Last Lecture, the number one bestseller.


West Bloomfield, MI

Date of Birth:

October 6, 1958

Date of Death:

February 10, 2012

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, PA


B.A., Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, 1980

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"The Magic Room has all the makings of a cozy, nostalgic wedding read. Tulle, check. Satin and organza, check. Bridezillas, drama and tears? Yes, yes, yes….the highlight of the book is the comings and goings of bride after bride through Becker's, Zaslow also details the excitement and joy of getting married and the commitment and dedication it takes to stay married."—Minneapolis Star Tribune “Interesting, rewarding and heartbreaking”—The Washington Post “Shows the poignancy in everyday love stories.”—The New York Times “Forget bridezillas. A best-selling journalist visits a small-town wedding shop to uncover the poignant dreams of real women on the verge of commitment.”—O, the Oprah Magazine “A tenderhearted portrait of a bridal store in a small Michigan town... In a handful of their stories, Zaslow gently delineates the changing lives of women and finds—in among the mishaps, misunderstandings and tragedies that derail many relationships—ample evidence of the enduring power of marriage.”—People Magazine “The book itself — to use the manliest possible term — is lovely. As lovely as a bride.”—Detriot News Anyone looking for happily-ever-afters will find plenty of them here.”—Columbus Dispatch “Zaslow’s profile of the bridal shop, from the geopolitics of dressmaking to the effects of TV shows like Bridezillas, is almost as riveting as the bridal tales. The author plucks at the heartstrings as he relates all the yearnings of the brides-to-be and the travails they encounter on the way to the altar.”—Kirkus Reviews “Tender and intimate.”—Publishers Weekly “Zaslow captures the joy, hope, love and magic.”—Bookpage “A compelling and sincere chronology of the experiences, tragedies, and love that led them to the shop. His narrative is sprinkled with fascinating statistical information … and insights into the lives and relationships of the four generations of Becker women who have worked at the store … A study of individual lives and dreams, this is recommended for casual readers and those with an interest in cultural and social customs concerning marriage, women’s roles, and parent-child relationships.”—Library Journal


As a journalist, and as the father of three girls, I often find myself drawn by an urge to explore the bonds between parents and daughters. In all the books I've written, this has been a powerful theme.

When I coauthored The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch, his youngest child, Chloe, was not yet two years old. I saw how desperately Randy wanted to leave her whatever wisdom he could. He wished he had 20 years to offer her advice, but he had just a few months, because he was dying of pancreatic cancer. His legacy would be the words in the book.

I later coauthored Highest Duty, the memoir of pilot "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed a crippled jet in New York's Hudson River. He and I spent a lot of time talking about his love for his two teen-aged daughters, and his regrets about missing so much of their lives while he was away from home, flying passengers to their destinations.

Most recently, I collaborated with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, on their memoir, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. The congresswoman had been shot in the head in an assassination attempt, and I saw the great power in parental love. Gabby spent several weeks in a medically induced coma, and her mom kept a vigil at her bedside. "I feel like my breathing is helping Gabby breathe," her mother told me. "I just want to share the air in the room, like maybe my breath will sustain her."

I've seen equally poignant parent-daughter bonds in the relationships of the less-well-known people I've written about.

For The Girls from Ames, I profiled ten women, now in their mid-forties, who grew up together in Ames, Iowa. The book was focused on their forty-year friendship, but I was also moved by the women's relationships with their parents as they were growing up. In an early scene in the book, one of the Ames girls was about to go out of town to college, and she was crying because she feared she'd miss her parents.

"Here's what we'll do," her father told her. "We're going to keep you at the end of our fishing line. And if you ever need anything, you just give a little tug and we'll reel you back in."

Working on all of those books - observing again and again the power of parental affection - led me to my latest project. I wanted to write a nonfiction narrative reflecting on the love we all wish for our daughters. My girls are now ages 22, 20 and 16, and I know they will continue to need love in their lives - from me, my wife, each other, and someday I hope, from their husbands and children. How could I address all of the feelings that parents like me have?

I recognized that I needed a place to set this new book, a place with great emotion. I considered many possibilities. Maybe I'd visit maternity wards, dance studios, daddy-daughter date nights, or spas where mothers and daughters go to bond. But then my wife suggested I find a bridal shop. Maybe that would be a place to set my story.

"There's something about a wedding dress..." she said.

She was definitely on to something.

I was willing to go anywhere in the country to find the right store and the right stories. My search ended in the tiny, one-stoplight town of Fowler, Mich., a place with just 1,100 residents — and 2,500 wedding dresses. It has more bridal gowns per capita than anywhere in the United States.

Fowler is home to Becker's Bridal, a 77-year-old institution on Main Street. It's been run for all those years by the same family - a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and daughter.

The store is housed in a stone structure that was once a bank, and since 1934, more than 100,000 brides have made a pilgrimage here. After they select the dress they think might be "the one," they're invited to step inside what used to be the old bank vault. A ten-foot-by-eight-foot space with mirrors designed to carry a bride's image into infinity, it's called "The Magic Room," and with good reason. Brides and their parents routinely melt into tears there, as they reflect on all the moments that led them to that dress, that room, that moment.

And so I set out to write a book about the brides and their parents who've stepped into that special space. The book is titled The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters.(

I focused the book on six brides and their families whose paths to Becker's Bridal were not necessarily easy, but who have given great thought to the love that guides and connects them. I felt privileged standing in the Magic Room with these families whose stories touched me the most, and while there, contemplating my feelings for my own daughters.

People often ask me what my books have in common. I've come to realize that they are all about the same thing — love. For every book I've written, I've brought a reporter's instincts, but also a father's heart. In many respects, The Magic Room is a culmination of a great many feelings swirling inside of me.

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Magic Room 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. Tragic that it was one of his last, I am now on a mission to read all his books. The best part is the telling about the four generations of family women who run the business. Love the way he ties the stories about each of the brides together, although each one very different. He shares insights about the brides, their personal stories and their weeding days, makes you feel like you knew them personally.
Melanie96 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. A good read for men too with daughters. While reading this book I was saddened to hear that Mr.Zaslow passed away in an accident..and would never see his daughters get married.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A book full of stories that made me laugh, cry and hope for the future. Taking place in a coveted room inside a family owned bridal boutique that has been open for many decades and many generations have found their all important wedding dress. Grandmothers are now accompanying their grand daughters on this special shopping trip. Author of The Girls From Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow gets to the heart of how the relationships between women, whether it be mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, or bride/friend; the art of shopping for the wedding dress has changed over the year and the quest for the dress is as important as many of the other wedding decisions that are made. This act is something that I have dreamed about for years with my mom, sister and those I hold close to me. I can't wait to try on a few dresses and get some honest opinions from, the big butt to utter perfection - these are what dreams are made of! Zaslow highlights different brides that have entered through their doors and what brought them to this special decision. Not only does he chronicle the history of the store, but the family behind this landmark in Fowler, Michigan. Such a great book for women of all ages - young and old and in between will enjoy this book as they remember their own shopping adventures or have had a few dreams about their upcoming shopping adventures.
Donna_M_Brown More than 1 year ago
I often read non-fiction but mostly current affairs or history, so I’m not sure what possessed me to request to take part in Crazy Book Tour’s virtual book tour for The Magic Room. I suppose all I can say is that every now and again a book ‘speaks’ to you and cries out to be read (much like the cookies that – ahem – cry out to be eaten). The Magic Room was one such book. I was intrigued by the description and the idea of a book that examined such a wide range of relationships: the relationship between marriage and the modern world. The relationship between mothers or fathers and daughters. The relationship between the bridal dream and the fiscal reality. Jeffrey Zaslow chose to set his book about “the Love We Wish for Our Daughters” in a bridal shop and I think doing so was a masterstroke. In that one decision he opened up boundless possibilities and the book embraces many of them fully. The Magic Room is a wonderful mix of anecdotes, family history, economic history and statistics. The book is related with warmth and humour, with touching stories interspersed with tongue-in-cheek media story mentions or interesting cultural references. It is neither preachy nor too touchy-feely but instead is a wonderful balance of all the things a marriage is: some ups, downs, worries, good times, cross words, touching speeches, advice, memories and, perhaps most importantly, hope. It’s now coming up to two years since I got married. I ordered my gown via the internet and decided to forego the full bridal experience of bridal shop, dress fittings etc. Despite not having had the experience, I can see the magic behind The Magic Room (in terms of both the book itself and the ‘magic’ room within the bridal store Beckers) and understand why it is so important to the people that frequent the store, the owners, the community. Don’t be lured into thinking this is ‘just’ a tale of a bridal store, though. The history of Beckers is, indeed, fascinating but even beyond that, this is a work that offers so very much more. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation. All views are my own.**
SincerelyStacie More than 1 year ago
I was extremely excited when I found out I had the opportunity to review this book. I loved both of Zaslow's previous books THE LAST LECTURE and THE GIRLS FROM AMES. I had a feeling I would love this one too, and I did. Zaslow wrote this in much the same style as THE GIRLS FROM AMES, giving each bride their own chapter and then coming back to them at the end with their follow-up story. Even though this is non-fiction, it reads smoothly and the emotion of each woman's story is the focus over the research studies that filter thoughout. I found all the history of brides, bridal dress shopping and familial relationships extremely interesting and made me think of my own dress shopping days. I myself had two bridal dress shopping days, one when I was 20 and one when I was 25. I never got to wear the first dress as I ended up breaking off the engagement, but the two shopping experiences were vastly different and reflected much of the research and experiences in the book. I am sure you will also reflect on both your dress shopping day and your wedding day as you read the stories in this book. I remember the dress I ended up with was one I never would have picked out, but once I put it on, the tears and the emotions were immediately there. It was THE ONE. What I also appreciated about this book was that even though it focuses on the bride, the dress and the big day, through the stories, it reminds you “It’s not just about the dress, the flowers, the reception. It’s about the man and the marriage and the life that will follow” (p. 256). Keep the tissue box close by as you travel through the stories in this book. Zaslow knew just whose stories to tell and you will want to know how each bride is doing after finishing the book. By going to the book website, you may be able to see updates and find other information about the book and the author. Even though I have finished the book, I know the marriages and lives featured in this story go on. I am praying all of them are blessed by the telling of their stories and their marriages are long, loving and strong.
CandyH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story chronicles the history of Becker's Bridal in Fowler, Michigan. Zaslow tells the story from the beginning of this business 76 years ago to the present time. The Magic Room is an intregal part of this business and is an interesting use of the vault of the old bank building that houses this wonderful business. He shares the stories of 8 brides out of the more than 100,000 who have purchased wedding dresses from this wonderful store in a tiny town. He relays many statistics dealing with marriages and the relationships between mothers and daughters, and fathers and daughters. This is a very interesting story and I am glad that I was selected to read it for LibraryThing. I would recommend this book to mothers and daughters and those who especially enjoy nonfiction books.
verka6811 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Zaslow does an amazing job at conveying the love of parents for their daughters. He accomplishes this by including stories of eight families and their relationships with each other. And while each family is different, their affinity for their daughters is very much the same. At the heart of the book is the story of the Becker family. The Beckers have owned Becker's Bridal in Fowler, MI for generations, and Shelley Becker is the latest in the long line of family members to run the shop. The Magic Room - a former bank vault - is where brides go to see their chosen dress from every corner as the room is surrounded by mirrors. And it is there that Shelley hears their stories, stories of love, but also of tragedies and fear.
dpappas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am still in tears after finishing this book. My mother gave me this book to read after she finished it. She had found out that the author, Jeffrey Zaslow, had tragically died in a car accident and had seen an article about him and this book and knew that it was something that we should both read. This book was something special that my mother and I could share and bond over. My mother and I were already close but after reading this we became closer.This book isn't just about a small bridal store in a small Michigan town, it is about a parent's relationship with their daughter (mostly a mother's relationship but it also mentions fathers). This book follows some brides that have found their dress at Becker's Bridal and tells their stories. It shows their past and a little bit of what happens after their weddings. Some of the brides' stories had me sobbing.I liked hearing how Becker's Bridal was founded and how it has transformed over the years as the different generations have taken over control.Overall I would recommend this book for mothers and daughters to read together. It was a relatively quick read for me mainly because I just couldn't put it down.
eawsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a "Becker's bride" myself and a mid-Michigan resident, I had hoped to snag a copy of this through the Early Reviewers program. Since I didn't, I grabbed the book as soon as it came to our library.It was a very interesting book about a company I've known about all my life. We frequently pass through Fowler, which is straight north from where we live, on our way to other places, and I always enjoy looking at the dresses in Becker's window. It was nice to learn more about the company's beginnings, the struggles each family member faced, and how the process of buying a wedding dress has evolved.I also found the brides' stories interesting, but I couldn't help wondering--couldn't the author have found just one bride who didn't have a tear-jerker of a story?? I'd have volunteered! Although, since I was at Becker's in 1988 which was long before the creation of the "magic room," I'm undoubtedly too old and decrepit.Overall, it was a well-written and fairly interesting book. Some other reviewers have commented that they found it hard to keep track of which bride was which when the author returned to their stories; I didn't have that problem because I was able to finish the book in two days, but I can see where it would be confusing if it took longer to read than that. I thought it was a fun, entertaining, and educational look at a business I grew up knowing.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Magic Room allows us to examine the complex relationships we have with our daughters. How do we teach them about love? What kinds of examples do we set? The bridal shop is the perfect lens through which to reflect on how our society views the role of young women and the changes in our definition of marriage and love that have occurred over the past 75 years.By giving us a glimpse into the back grounds of the women highlighted in this story, Mr. Zaslow allows us to look more closely at our own family relationships.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a small town in Michigan, there is a room. This room is on the second floor of a bridal shop that's been a cornerstone of Maine Street for decades. This room is lovingly called the Magic Room and this is where generations of future brides have looked upon themselves in the dress they have decided is the perfect one. Zaslow seems to have made his writing career by focusing on stories that are intended to pack an emotional punch - he was the coauthor of "The Last Lecture" and wrote another book on friendship. According to the subtitle of his latest, this book is intended to be about the love we feel and want for our daughters. But this book never really becomes about that. Instead, Zaslow has written a profile of the family who owns Becker's Bridal (where the Magic Room is located) and a select number of the brides who come to Becker's looking for their perfect gown. That doesn't make it a bad book, just makes it clear that what Zaslow intended to write and what he actually wrote are not the same thing at all (and perhaps he doesn't realize this as he still gave the book the same subtitle). Having said that, I found this book a decent read. It's by no means extraordinary, either in subject or quality of writing, but, like many people, I find something infinitely appealing about wedding stories. But, there is no clear design to Zaslow's little study (not that he claims it's a study but it sort of reads like one) - why did he choose these brides of the many that he must have observed? These stories are all so unique that I feel like he chose them for uniqueness - which is unusual for a book that's supposed to be about something universal (that daughter love bit that he alleges). So, overall, I don't believe that Zaslow produced what he originally intended with this book, but it's not terrible and might find an audience. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.
vasquirrel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this book three stars because it was certainly capably written and would be enjoyable, IF you like "this kind of thing", and I don't. It's actually given away in the title -- which meant more AFTER I read the book. The "...Love We Wish for our Daughters" -- Most of the brides in the book have found true love, but, by God, it was a tough row to hoe, and these families certainly would have been "wishing", "crossing their fingers" and everything else to get through it. This is no "Say Yes to the Dress" (TLC). Each chapter reads more like the opening to an episode of Extreme Home Makeover --- where, by the time you hear the hard luck story, you're just thankful that you're not the one featured on the episode. I suppose the eventual "happy ending" for the brides in Zaslow's book is meant to be redemptive and uplifting, but it just didn't get there for me. There are just too many "who could have known?", "would that things were different" moments. Below are some actual lines from the book which sum it up for me. "Neither of them mentions Kris, and how desperately they wish that she was here with them. That's not something they can talk about easily....""It's not lost on Shelley that so many Becker's brides come into the store trying to smile in the wake of personal setbacks and family tragedies...""Now, twenty-four years later and back at Becker's, her (Julie) walk into the Magic Room is far more sobering because her life has taken an unexpected and unwanted turn.""They don't know the things on Carol's mind: thoughts of her late mother touching her face; of her grandmother, so late in life, rejoining the family; of her pregnant daughter's luck in finding a man of great character; of the health issues now facing her youngest grandchild..." (page 208)Even the third generation owner of the shop, Shelley, had a crappy love life. Single now, a decade ago..... "Shelley couldn't bring herself to share a bed with Gary. And yet each day, she'd dress herself up, head down to Becker's, and sell the idea of love to brides and their parents."REALLY?! I'm glad I didn't buy MY wedding gown in this poignantly tragic corner of Michigan. I've also read "The Girls From Ames", and every other page, someone is staring wistfully out a window, lost in their depressing, downer thoughts. This must be Zaslow's stock and trade. Not my cup of tea.....
mpmills on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Fowler, a small town in Michigan, a bridal shop has thrived for over 75 years. Becker's Bridal is now owned by Shelly Becker Mueller, the granddaughter of the original owners. The Magic Room follows the story of the owners, and, also, of eight women who buy their wedding dresses there. It was interesting to read how the Becker family kept their business going through three generations Having been with two of my daughters as they picked their wedding dress, I know what a special moment it is for a mother. I loved reading the brides' stories.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting collection of stories about brides and their experiences in a family owned bridal shop in Michigan. The shop resides in the small community of Fowler, Michigan. Becker's Bridal began in 1934 as a family owned and operated business, and remains so today as the third generation eases brides into emotional decisions. The employees of the store are more like family members, and not treated as thoughtless peons. The stories of the various brides are heart lifting and poignant. Zaslow's treatment of this time honored tradition of picking bridal attire and preparing for a wedding invades and humbles this process. I thoroughly enjoyed Zaslow's choice of stories that show all the facets of the brides and the weddings.
amhamilt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Magic Room is a collection of short stories about women who come to Becker's Bridal in the small town of Fowler, Michigan and the history of Becker's Bridal store itself.The book is arranged in similar manner to the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' books; each chapter is a succinct, stand-alone story. The first half of the book alternates between the stories of a soon-to-be bride coming in to buy a wedding dress and some background on the history of the store. The second half of the book returns to continue the story of the brides and continue the story of how Becker's came to be. The book was an easy breezy read. I liked that that each chapter was basically complete on its own; I could read a chapter or two then put the book down to go about daily life and it was easy to pick right back up where I left off. However, I didn't like that the story of the brides continued on in the second half of the book. By the time I got to the second chapter in a particular bride's story, they were all running together and I couldn't remember who was who. I ended up having to flip back to the beginning of the book and skim each women's first chapter. All in all, the book is great if you're looking for an uplifting, easy, read. It's not a book that I'll be thinking about after I finish it, and it's not a book that I'll reread. I don't think I would necessarily recommend this book, unless you're looking for a 'Chicken Soup' type book related to wedding dresses.
2chances on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I reviewed Jeffrey Zaslow's book The Girls From Ames, I liked it (very much, as a matter of fact) but was surprised about how little of Jeffrey Zaslow leaked into the content of the pages. The Magic Room is quite different: although Zaslow does not talk about himself and his daughters except in the preface, his tenderness for parents and daughters seemed to infuse warmth and grace into the stories he tells.The Magic Room in question is a softly lit, mirror-filled room in Becker's Bridal, a bridal mecca in Fowler, Michigan. Zaslow follows a number of brides through their dream-dress journeys, and takes the time to delve into the secrets, joys and sorrows of the Becker family as well. This could have been "Say-yes-to-the-dress" shallow, but instead it is rather lovely: each of these brides is an individual with unique circumstances, history, and dreams. Their stories are often poignant; one woman suffers a devastating car crash right mere weeks before her wedding; another is a widow marrying for the second time, to the bitter disgust of the teenage daughters of her beloved first husband. Their stories are complicated, and both joyful and sad; Zaslow is good at mining the emotional resonance of their moments in the Magic Room. He made me wonder how I will handle these moments when my own daughters come to marry.
karieh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿The Magic Room¿ is a far gentler version of many of the wedding/bridal-ganza TV shows that seem to be taking over the airwaves. (And that comes from a person who spent a summer GLUED to ¿Say Yes to the Dress¿.)The author gives the reader back-story into several of the brides that purchased their wedding dress at Becker¿s Bridal ¿ and more interesting to me, back-story on the family that started this store decades ago.The pace of the book was a bit slow for me, as each bride¿s story is divided by stories about the family behind the dresses. Each bride would get an introduction, and then there would be several chapters before she appeared again, so I kept forgetting which bride was which.Towards the end, I started to feel more connected to the lives of these women and their families, but I still didn¿t feel there was a cohesive theme or message to the book. It really did come across as a kind version of the wedding shows ¿ the bits of story about real people and their weddings ¿ without the snark.
LivelyLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MAGIC ROOM is a true story of a bridal store, Becker's Bridal, which has been family owned and operated for 76 years. It had been a bank, so the MAGIC ROOM, the bank vault, is where the bride-to-be tries on the dress that she deems "the dress."Besides telling the history of the story and its owners, this book also follows several women on their journey to Becker's Bridal. This includes a bride getting married for the second time, a bride who took the "purity pledge," and a bride who was physically maimed prior to the wedding and a first time 40 year old bride. Zaslow has made this good reading. He incorporates information such as the impact that the internet has made on bridal business. The picturees of the brides and their grooms gives meaning to the chapters. The book certainly gives you a new slant on weddings in general.This would be a great gift for the mother of the bride and for the bride to be, either before or after the wedding. I am going to give a copy to my sister who just got married for the second time at the age of 57.
myoldkyhome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Zaslow is truly a gifted writer. I'll admit I was a little skeptical reading a book about brides getting ready for their weddings since I'm not a big fan of big weddings. However, Zaslow found a way to weave the stories of these ladies into my mind and heart. It's obvious that he's spent many years telling the stories of people's lives and this book does that in a wonderful way through Becker's Bridal. A store in a tiny town of 1,100 residents that has provided 100,000 dresses to women I the last 80 years. The book is hard to put down and a wonderful read. Remember this is coming from someone who doesn't even like big weddings.
auntangi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had such high hopes for this book. When I requested it through Early Reviewers I was in the middle of planning my wedding, but by the time I received it, my wedding had happened and I was learning to be a wife¿and kind of tired of talking about weddings. Maybe that is why I did not enjoy this book. Or maybe it was because I found the author¿s voice and the book itself to be uninspired and trite. I felt like I was reading the first draft of an inexperienced writer, not the final draft of a New York Times best seller. Either way, I would not recommend this book to others and now will likely not read ¿The Girls from Ames¿ which has been on my shelves for some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was first drawn towards this book as I have a love for Bridal gown reality shows. What attracts me to them is the story behind the dress. The family, the bride, the groom, the personalities, the meaning of the marriage etc. So this book is not only about brides but it is also about the bridal gown business in a small town. The story line details a list of brides who come through the shop's doors, some of whom are back for a second time, or they are daughters of brides who purchased their gowns from the same shop many years before. Each story is unique, some tragic, other stories are inspiring and uplifting. The author details each bride in several chapters, and at times, I lost track of which one was the current subject. Beautifully written and detailed, this book will take you to a place you never really gave much of a thought to and you will think about those in your life who are brides, or will become brides.
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I enjoy all of Jeffrey Zaslow's books, and The Magic Room did not disappoint. I love the way he mixed facts of weddings in general with the stories of the brides. Also rounding out all the bride's stories really made you feel a part of their weddings. I'm very sad that he will not get to walk his love3ly daughters down the isle, but I know they realize how special that time of life is through this book. He was a thoughtful author, gone too soon. He will be missed.
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