Hitched: the Go-Girl Guide to the First Year of Marriage

Bourland, Julia. Hitched: the Go-Girl Guide to the First Year of Marriage. Atria: S. & S. 2003. c.240p. ISBN 0-7434-4410-8. pap. $13. SELF-HELP

For this follow-up to The Go-Girl Guide, Bourland conducted telephone interviews with 60 “straight-talking women” who recently tied the knot. Most were college educated, liberal, and living in urban areas, and this book will appeal to a similar, if not identical, demographic. Bourland presents their “cumulative wisdom and experience [to help] shed light on life with a husband.” To her credit, she takes a stand on issues; the result is mostly sound, healthy advice for women in the tone of an older sister or experienced girlfriend. Don’t diet before the ceremony, she advises; it will just drain your energy. And don’t hold off on sex before the wedding; it’s a good stress outlet. However, some questionable advice also rears its head, e.g., put the honeymoon on a credit card if you don’t have the cash because “some things in life are worth the interest.” Infinitely more useful than Jenny Lee’s recent I Do. I Did. Now What?; libraries should also consider Susan K. Perry’s Loving in Flow: How the Happiest Couples Get and Stay That Way.

This review appeared in Library Journal. 128.12 (July 2003): p108; the galley was shredded and recycled on April 2, 2012.

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