Some Books About Marriage

Sorry for the lack of updates.  I’ve been on vacation for two weeks.

Because I got married!  Yay!

Married!

In honor of the event, I’ve put together a reading list of some of my favorite books involving marriage and romantic relationships.  Enjoy!

The “Some Books About Marriage Because Marie Got Married” Book List:

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
I don’t care what Harold Bloom thinks.  This is one of my very favorite Shakespeare plays, and I love how it tackles middle-class attitudes about marriage, love, and sex, rather than intrigue and romance among nobles.  As a farce it is a thing of beauty, and as a romantic comedy about husbands and wives coming together it’s both silly (really, really silly) and oddly sweet.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
It’s twisted, it’s dark, it’s one of my favorite books of the year.  Be careful who you fall for, folks!  (here’s my blog post about this book)

A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth
I’ve spoken about this one before–the story revolves around an unstable woman’s attempts to break up a marriage, as well as with her own dark history.  It’s creepy, darkly funny, weird and sad.  Just like some relationships.

Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
A smart, intricate novel about three marriages–all of which involve death, guilt, and dysfunction.

Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem
Oh, how I love these stories!  The musical Fiddler on the Roof is based on Aleichem’s tales of Tevye the Dairyman.  Because  the stories involve the marriages of Tevye’s daughters, I’m including them here.

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Really!  Broken marriages, okay marriages, and budding relationships are the emotional core of this story about Zombie Santa and Raziel, the Stupidest Angel.  And none more so than the relationship between Theo and Molly, the town constable and town crazy lady.  It’s a lovely relationship to read about.  It’s the closest thing to a happy book about marriage that I’ve got on this list!

It’s good to be back at the library, and back to the blog.  Happy Reading!

–Marie

**EDIT**

So I was telling my husband about this post, and the titles I included, and he asked, “Why didn’t you list a book about the Adamses?”  To which I replied, “That’s a great idea!  I think I meant to, and then forgot.”  And he said, “You can always edit the post.”  And I said, “Yeah, I will.”

I’m a total Adams fangirl (as my husband knows), and I loved First Family by Joseph J. Ellis.  It depicts the strong bond between John and Abigail, and their loving partnership, in the context of the political events they were involved in.  They were smart, fascinating people, and they’re great to read about separately and together.  I also recommend reading their correspondence–there are a few complilations out there with only minimal commentary.

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