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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,022 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Zaslow Narrator: Sandra Burr, Jeffrey Zaslow Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Thousands of women have stepped inside Becker's Bridal in Fowler, Michigan, to try on their dream dresses in the Magic Room, a special space with soft lighting, a circular pedestal, and mirrors that carry a bride's reflections into infinity. The women bring with them their most precious expectations about romance, love, fidelity, permanence, and tradition. Each bride who passes through has a story to tell - one that carried her there, to that dress, that room, that moment.

Illuminating the poignant aspects of a woman's journey to the altar, The Magic Room tells the stories of memorable women on the brink of commitment. Run by the same family for four generations, Becker's has witnessed transformations in how America views the institution of marriage: some of the shop's clientele are becoming step-mothers, some are older brides, some are pregnant. Shop owner Shelley has a special affection for all the brides, hoping their journeys will be easier than hers. Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow tells their true stories using a reporter's research and a father's heart.

The stories Zaslow shares from within The Magic Room are at times joyful, at times heart-breaking, and offers with insights on marriage, family, and the lessons that parents - especially mothers - pass on to their daughters about love. Weaving together secrets, memories, and family tales, The Magic Room explores the emotional lives of women in the 21st century.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. Somers | 2/11/2014

    " The Magic Room allows us to examine the complex relationships we have with our daughters. How do we teach them about love? What kinds of examples do we set? The bridal shop is the perfect lens through which to reflect on how our society views the role of young women and the changes in our definition of marriage and love that have occurred over the past 75 years.By giving us a glimpse into the back grounds of the women highlighted in this story, Mr. Zaslow allows us to look more closely at our own family relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/6/2014

    " About Becker's Bridal, the 'Kleinfeld's' of the midwest, a 4 generation bridal salon. How dresses, brides, families, weddings, & marriages have changed through the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristel | 1/22/2014

    " Absolutely amazing. It is truly a tragedy that we lost this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/11/2014

    " Great, entertaining book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace Veniero | 1/6/2014

    " A lovely book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2014

    " In Fowler, a small town in Michigan, a bridal shop has thrived for over 75 years. Becker's Bridal is now owned by Shelly Becker Mueller, the granddaughter of the original owners. The Magic Room follows the story of the owners, and, also, of eight women who buy their wedding dresses there. It was interesting to read how the Becker family kept their business going through three generations Having been with two of my daughters as they picked their wedding dress, I know what a special moment it is for a mother. I loved reading the brides' stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaclyn24 | 1/5/2014

    " It was def better than I expected, and it was very touching but it was to long and it dragged out. I was ready for it to be over 3/4 of the way through but overall a good book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy IB | 11/14/2013

    " I would love to share this book with my daughters some day. I think the subtitle says it all: A story about the love we wish for our daughters. Lovely stories about a bridal shop in a small town and some of the brides who shop there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/22/2013

    " Enjoyable book full of stories about the different ways people approach marriage-centered around a bridal shop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/1/2013

    " This book read easily enough for non-fiction.. chapters change between the story of the bridal shop to different brides choosing dresses and their stories... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Walter | 9/21/2013

    " Enjoyable read, though bittersweet in light of Zaslow's passing just a few weeks ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 8/4/2013

    " I recommend this book to anyone who is a daughter or who has a daughter. A well written, quick read. I was moved to tears several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 7/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Some of the stories brought me to tears. I want to visit this store now that I feel like I know so much about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey K | 4/10/2013

    " An interesting look at the bridal dress business and relations between mothers and daughers. I enjoy books by Jeffrey Zaslow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cecelia | 4/1/2013

    " too much sadness...not enough joy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 8/25/2012

    " Not at all what I expected. A bittersweet and moving read rife with both historical info and personal narratives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doneen | 3/1/2012

    " Nice antidote to TV shows like "Say Yes to the Dress" where brides-to-be forget the real purpose of getting married. After just now reading some of the other reviews, I found out the author died after writing this book, which makes it an even more poignant story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/16/2012

    " A nice story of the lives and different paths of many brides. The stories were interesting and the story of the dress shop owners tied everything together nicely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jmpkurtz | 1/29/2012

    " I really wanted to like this story because I was so engrossed with his other book, The Girls From Ames. I think this book fell short not in the writing but in the subjects written about. I just couldn't get into the main characters they way I did in the Ames book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/2/2012

    " Can't finish it! Thought this would be a fun book about a bridal store, but it hasn't captured my imagination at all. "

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