Book Review: The Magic Room

This month’s BlogHer Book Club selection, The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish For Our Daughters, by Jeffery Zaslow, is a refreshing change of pace from the over-the-top “bridezilla” nature of most wedding reality television shows and magazine articles. Zaslow focused on the story of Becker’s Bridal in small town Fowler, Michigan to tell the stories of mothers, daughters, fathers, brides and families. Tales of dresses worn for weddings that ended in happily ever after and couples torn apart to soon or not soon enough.

The stories of 8 brides and their dress selections were interwoven with the history of Becker’s Bridal, a store that was started in the 1930s and has stayed in the same family, handed down through three generations, to it’s current owner/manager. What struck me most about the book was how the changes in bridal fashion reflected changes in society as a whole. Earlier proprietors required a few hundred simple and modest dresses to satisfy their clientele, but the modern bride prefers to choose from among a thousand dresses, with the top of the price range significantly higher than in years past. And from many of the descriptions, significantly less modest, too.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes non-fiction slice of life stories, especially of middle america.  The book slow pace of the book combined with the disjointed narrative structure, made the book a tiny bit hard to follow if you had trouble keeping the brides and stories straight (I did), but when I let go a little attachment to the details, I found The Magic Room a great book to read a chapter at a time at bedtime.

 

 

I was compensated for this review as part of the BlogHer Book Club program, but all opinions are completely my own.

 

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