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Tying the knot : a practical guide to emotional well-being from engagement to the wedding day
McDonough, Yona Zeldis.
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New York : Penguin Books, 1990.
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xvii, 184 pages ; 20 cm
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Central Library HQ801 .M4875 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Facing tying that knot at a wedding, big or small, can leave the prospective bride and groom with their emotional laces left undone. This guide to eliminating stress from the moment of engagement to the band's last song doles out advice comfortingly, like the platitudes one would imagine a psychology major giving a little brother or sister but tempered by the mature opinions of a clinical psychoanalyst. Chapters focus on common prewedding emotions, from elation to fear and frustration; and the methods suggested here are to help a couple anticipate these normal feelings and provide prototypes for future emotional survival and happiness. Many psychological generalities are covered and will not be insightful for those already self-aware, but McDonough laudably attempts to address some of the real joys and traumas contained in the decision to wed. Chummy and useful, this handbook should be wrapped and given alongside pretty wedding party books at every bridal shower. No index. --Deanna Larson-Whiterod

Library Journal Review

McDonough, a freelance writer whose articles have been published in bridal magazines, with the help of Yahm, a psychotherapist and cofounder of a family treatment and divorce mediation center, offers practical suggestions to cope with many of the complex emotional issues of an engagement and wedding day. She uses her own experience and interviews of approximately 50 couples both engaged and recently married as the basis of this sensitive guide. Her advice throughout is that couples should communicate their fantasies and fears, examine all alternatives, and make final decisions that fulfill their own expectations, not those of others. This needed supplement to formal etiquette books is useful to couples who live together, couples who have mixed-religious beliefs, racially mixed couples, and second-marriage couples.-- Mary Ann Wasick, West Allis P.L., Wis. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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