How to Be Married

What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage

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Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it.
As journalist Jo Piazza began planning her own wedding she realized that American marriage traditions focus more on the perfect dress, the Instagram-worthy decorations, and the menu than on how to make a real, lasting, joy-filled commitment.
What comes after the whirlwind romance and fairy-tale wedding? How do you craft a marriage that lasts in a world where marriage is increasingly becoming obsolete?
A travel editor, Jo finds herself in the unique position of being able to devote the first year of her marriage, to exploring the rituals, customs, and traditions from other countries and cultures in an attempt to learn how to be (happily) married. 
With elegant prose, astute reporting and hilarious insight into the human psyche, this provocative book portrays Jo’s journey around the globe in search of what a modern marriage should look like and shares the most effective advice from hundreds of real women and men on 5 continents.. An extraordinary memoir about what really happens after we say “I do,” Jo and her husband come up against much more than they bargained for in that first year together, from receiving a terrifying health diagnosis to caring for sick parents and losing a job.

Yet, their spirit, curiosity, humor, and love are unflagging throughout as they interview hundreds of men and women on a range of topics from polygamy in Kenya, open marriage in France, sex in Orthodox Israel, and marital equality in Sweden. They conquer a wife-carrying competition in Maine, nearly suffocate in a Mexican Temazcal, investigate a matrilineal tribe in India, learn how to salsa together in Chile, and overpower all of their fears on one of the world’s tallest mountains. Ultimately, this book is a grand experiment that will forever change the way we look at marriage and commitment.


”Provides useful, vigorously reported overviews of Mr. Trump’s life and career ... Mr. Johnston, who has followed the real estate impresario for nearly three decades, offers a searing indictment of his business practices and creative accounting.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

”David Cay Johnston has given us this year’s must-read Trump book.Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s The Last Word

”Johnston devastatingly covers ground he broke open as a reporter on the Trump beat in Philadelphia and at The New York Times...The best of investigative reporting is brought to bear on a man who could potentially lead the free world.”—USA Today

”Carefully fleshes out the details of Trump's known biography...with solid documentation.Tampa Bay Times

”David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times investigative reporter, gives Trump the thorough scrubbing he deserves...Johnston has done voters a service with this unblinking portrait. He makes a compelling case that Trump has the attributes of both 'dictator' and 'deceiver' and would be a disaster in the Oval Office.”—Financial Times

”A devastating attack on the Republican presidential nominee....[Johnston] carefully disentangles the knot of lies that has so far characterised Trump’s presidential campaign.The Independent

”If you follow the news at all, you’ll know that a number of allegations have recently been raised against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump…It’s due in good measure to veteran investigative reporter Johnston…that these charges have seen the light of day. Here, without undue breathlessness and certainly without any coyness, he elaborates on those newsworthy sound bites…connecting dots and establishing patterns.”—Kirkus Reviews

”Johnston…maintains a crisply matter-of-fact approach throughout this scrupulously detailed and documented chronicle.”—Booklist

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