No Cheating, No Dying

No Cheating, No Dying

I Had A Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better

Book - 2012
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From a popular magazine writer comes a riveting blend of memoir and thinking person's self-improvement book about a happy marriage and the therapies, exercises, and investigations that might make it even better--or not.

Written with charm and wit, No Cheating, No Dying investigates one of the most universal human institutions--marriage. Elizabeth Weil and her husband Dan have two basic ground rules for their marriage: no cheating, no dying. For ten years it's worked fine, but Elizabeth started to wonder if it could be better.

Elizabeth Weil believes that you don't get married in a white dress, in front of all your future in-laws and ex-boyfriends but gradually, over time, through all the road rage incidents and pre-colonoscopy enemas, good and bad dinners, and all the small moments you never expected to happen or much less endure. In this book, Weil examines the major universal marriage issues--sex, money, mental health, in-laws, children--through bravely recounting her own hilarious, messy, and sometimes difficult relationship. She seeks out the advice of financial planners, psychoanalysts, therapists, household management consultants, priests, rabbis, and the United Statesgovernment. Woven into this funny and forthright narrative is Weil's extensive research on marriage and marriage improvement. The result is an illuminating and entertaining read that is a fresh addition to the body of literature about marriage.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439168226
Branch Call Number: 306.81092 WEI
Characteristics: 177 p. ; 24 cm.

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Kmum1
Nov 08, 2017

Like one of the readers below, I clearly wish I had a 4 Chapter rule. I managed to get through this book but there were definately parts that literally went in one ear and out the other. Here I thought I was getting a funny memoir about marriage and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The author’s writing seems very contrived and while she had chapters about every subject under the sun, I think she was careful not to reveal too much which inevitably left me feeling underwhelmed.

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crankyisgood
Jul 09, 2012

Weil courageously addresses issues in her marriage through both direct attempts at improvement and storytelling. There is no pressure on the reader to follow in her footsteps. Instead we can learn from her experiences or even relax and enjoy her marriage memoir for what it is.

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capezio
May 10, 2012

"Meh" it didn't make it past my four chapter rule....I tossed it after 3.5 knowing I would be not reading past the 4th. Great catchy title, garrbled, scrambled content- even as a "memoir" it would be pale.

MadReads Mar 21, 2012

Don't read this one looking for any insight into marriage. It's solely a memoir of Weil's marriage in which she mainly complains about her husband's obsession with butchering his own meat.

debwalker Feb 14, 2012

The full story of a marriage in a book building on the viral article in the New York Times Magazine, "Married (Happily) with Issues," about her marriage to writer Dan Duane and her attempts to improve it.

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