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WoW: Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest by Jen Doll

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest by Jen Doll

Expected Release Date: May 1, 2014

Weddings. They’re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life—and sometimes not at all—they offer endless opportunities to reexamine love and what we want for ourselves, regardless of whether or not our aim is a walk down the aisle. In Save the Date, Jen Doll charts the course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, from the ceremony of distant family members when she was eight to the recent nuptials of a new boyfriend’s friends.

There’s the first trip home for a childhood pal’s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There’s the destination wedding attended with little baggage beyond a suitcase of strappy sandals and summery party dresses. Regrettably, there is a series of celebrations that mean the end to a valued friendship. There’s also the wedding that offers all the promise of new love.

Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.

(summary via Goodreads)

Look, I love a good wedding tale.  I think wedding culture in the United States is OUT OF CONTROL, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy how completely crazy it makes everyone involved in it.  I’ve gone to a lot of weddings, alone and with a date, and I consider myself a connoisseur of them.  I love how crazy they can get, and I love how some things are going to just happen, no matter how much you planned the event.  At any rate, I’m not going to miss an opportunity to pass up a book like this, that looks to be part memoir, part humor.

Can’t. Wait.

What are you waiting on this week?

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