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Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings
Edited by Colleen Curran

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Category: Family & Relationships - Marriage & Long-Term Relationships; Literary Collections - Essays; Humor - Topic - Marriage & Family
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: May 2007
Price: $13.95
Can. Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27763-3 (0-307-27763-1)
Pages: 384

Original essays by Top Women Writers
Julianna Baggott _ Curtis Sittenfeld _ Catherine Ingrassia _ Elizabeth Crane 
Lara Vapnyar _ Lisa Carver _ Carina Chocano _ Rory Evans _ Jennifer Armstrong _ Elise Mac Adam _ Janelle Brown _ Daisy de Villeneuve _ Meghan Daum _ Amy Sohn _ Samina Ali _ Farah L. Miller _ Gina Zucker _ Kathleen Hughes _ Jacquelyn Mitchard _ Ruth Davis Konigsberg _ Lori Leibovich _ Julie Powell _ Jill Eisenstadt _ Anne Carle _ Amanda Eyre Ward _ Amy Bloom _ Dani Shapiro

Anyone who is intimated by the prospect of planning a wedding will laugh out loud and take solace in Altared. In this unexpected, heartwarming, thought-provoking collection, more than two dozen of our most perceptive and entertaining writers offer a wide range of takes on the modern wedding.  It's all here. Fantasies. Realities. Fond memories. A few regrets. From planning it to doing it and everything in between.

Altared provides us with a rare window onto the comedy, the stress and the just plain strangeness of the whole wedding process.  In this engaging collection of essays, women break through  the sugary bridal hype and tell it like it is.”
—Dr. Anna Fels, author of Necessary Dreams

“The wishes, aspirations and dreams of marriage are blissful and painful. . . . All the intricate nuances are hysterically and explicitly explored and captured in Altared.” 
—Zac Posen, Fashion Designer

“Darkly funny ruminations on getting hitched.”
—People Magazine

“This is bound to entertain anyone who has ever fallen in love or attended a wedding.”
—Armchair Interviews

“This is not your mother's marriage book.”
Elle Magazine

“Refreshingly unsentimental.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Full of wedding tips for the not-terribly-traditional bride. . . . For our wedding-planning friends, skip the toaster as a shower gift and bring a copy of this book.”
BUST magazine

“A wickedly funny, touching collection. . . these fresh, intelligent, and unconventional takes on getting hitched prove that saying “I do” can be a wonderful expression of individuality, eccentricities and all.”
ReadyMade Magazine: Instructions for Everyday Life

“Brides-to-be or women who’ve been there will easily see themselves in these true stories.”
Publishers Weekly

“If you are the kind of woman whose questions about life go a lot deeper than “how to?”, Altared is the book for you.  Varied, authentic, witty and rich, I wish I’d had this book in hand as a bride.  Don’t miss it.
—Kamy Wicoff, author of I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters


Colleen Curran was engaged for three years before she planned her own wedding. Fearful of the process and confused by what it meant to plan a wedding, she set out to find out how other women view weddings today. Her stories have been published in places like Jane and The Dictionary of Failed Relationships. Whores on the Hill was her debut novel and is available from Vintage Books. She married her fiancé this past summer, after beginning work on this anthology, and is now happily married in Richmond, Virginia where she lives and works.