JO PIAZZA: How to Be Married

Jo Piazza will be joining us on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30pm for a reading and book signing of her new book, How to be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage! At age thirty-four, Jo got her romantic-comedy happy ending when she met the man of her dreams on a boat in the Gal√°pagos Islands and was engaged three months later. But before long, Piazza found herself riddled with questions: How do you make a modern marriage work in a world where you no longer need to be married? The book is a travelogue, memoir, and advice book all rolled into one for women who hate advice books and is about how to be a strong, independent woman and partner at the same time.
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 create 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.
About Jo
Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling coauthor of the novel The Knockoff. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Elle, Time, Marie Claire, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money; and If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in journalism from Columbia University, and a master's in religious studies from New York University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Nick and their giant dog. For more information, visit Jo's website
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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:30pm
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The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
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