Ilene Beckerman


Mother of the Bride

When Ilene Beckerman told us the story of her clothes in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, she captivated women of all ages. Her story moved people to tears and made us laugh out loud, too. Ilene–“Gingy,” as she’s known–showed us ourselves.

Now Gingy looks at one of life’s happiest (and most stressful) events: the planning of a daughter’s wedding. Once again this Everywoman takes us lovingly, and hilariously, through another passage in a woman’s life. Whether it’s searching for a mother-of-the-bride dress that doesn’t look like something Mrs. Khrushchev would have worn, or choosing hors d’oeuvres that won’t give the guests indigestion, Gingy offers a fresh look at a subject that needs a fresh look.

She describes a year of agony and ecstasy—and along the way shares with us a mother’s love and expectations for her daughter.


“An account that is sweetly sentimental and brutally honest, touching and witty—in short, a true gem.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As much about the bond between mothers and daughter as a quest for the ideal wedding gown.”—New York Times

“A work that adds great luster to an already golden event.”—The Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Her prose is spare, but rich with meaning and always very honest.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Pithy wit and cute drawings sketch the happy tears, bittersweet memories and flares of anxiety that a daughter’s wedding elicits.”—The Dallas Morning News

A Book-of-the-Month Club selection

Book Details

Paperback, 168 pages (also Hardcover and eBook)
ISBN: 9781565124769 (1565124766)
Published by Algonquin Books


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