The Toaster Broke, So We're Getting Married

The Toaster Broke, So We're Getting Married

by Pamela Holm
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The Toaster Broke, So We're Getting Married by Pamela Holm

The Toaster Broke, So We’re Getting Married' is a bitingly funny look at contemporary ritual and romance. The book is a memoir structured around the planning of a wedding, told by someone who was surprised to even care. The story follows the varying tasks involved: the search for a elusive dress, finding 'our' song, agreeing on a guest list, exploring the obstacles that surface when romance, logistics, bad memories, petty jealousies, and idealistic dreams collide. Pamela Holm documents her journey from cynical mother to frantic fiancée, caught in a strange bridal vortex where wedding favors and seating arrangements take on world-changing importance, where desire becomes a bulldozer, shoving aside logic, good sense, and practicality. Her musings lead to the realization that it’s easier to think about whether to serve sea bass or sole than it is to contemplate the step she and her lover are about to take — and the depth of the fall should they miss their mark. 'The Toaster Broke, So We’re Getting Married' will strike a chord with anyone who has ever taken a leap of faith and never looked back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596928602
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 215 KB

About the Author

About the Author: Pamela Holm is a freelance artist living in San Francisco. She has written a myriad of essays that have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines including 'Image Magazine', 'SOMA', 'San Francisco Magazine', the 'San Francisco Chronicle', and the 'Denver Post'. 'The Toaster Broke, So We’re Getting Married', was her first memoir helping her to discover that laughter is the best therapy and writing continues to be her passion. From the Author: "As Denzil and I made plans for our future, I couldn’t help but see everything through a filter of the past. I had spent the past several years of my life as a single mother struggling to make ends meet while working as a freelance artist. After dodging calls from collection agencies, contemplating buying a $5,000 wedding gown seemed surreal, and after my pantheon of bad boyfriends, the fact that I actually wanted to get married still amazed me.Partly in an effort to deal with these confusing emotions and partly because I was so amused by my own strange behavior, I began to write about getting married.For six months I wrote about everything I thought and did. I wrote pages and pages, I filled notebooks, I scribbled on the backs of ATM receipts and napkins, anything I could get my hands on. Post-it notes with cryptic messages like “burn CD for dinner,” and “a veil that made me look like a beekeeper” were stuck to the walls around my desk. Writing ['The Toaster Broke, So We're Getting Married'] was never my intent, but I was happily surprised when these notes decided to turn themselves into a book."

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Toaster Broke, so We're Getting Married 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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As I was reading this book, I decided to google the author and discovered that she is already divorced and re-married to somebody else! That took the wind right out of the sails of this book for me. Decent writing, but I just can't get back into the story knowing the true outcome.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud and finished the last page with tears in my eyes. This book offers a love story with a down-to-earth, modern edge and a captivating personal account of the life of an artist and mother in San Francisco.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Modern and authentic, Pamela Holm opens her heart and mind to the reader revealing her feelings and experiences with single motherhood, dating and making the decision to marry. It's a love story, but like life, there are a lot of bumps along the way. This book is not just for brides-to-be. Pamela's search for and commitment to love has great universality. Also, fun descriptions of the arty side of San Francisco.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved it. Besides being laugh out loud funny, it often brought tears to my eyes as the author's story brings to light what is really important in life.