Breaking Dawn turns out to be as cold as a vampire’s skin. It lacks all the intensity and passion that made so many fans flock to this series the first time around. The only real emotion evident in Breaking Dawn is the deep love Meyer holds for all of her characters. She wants to ensure a happy ending for everyone of them, even if that means breaking all the rules to get them there.
Do you ever think about Laura Bush? May sound like a strange question, but it's really not: Do you ever consider what life must be like for the woman married to the most powerful man in the world? The author Curtis Sittenfeld is picking up the slack. She has parlayed a deep fascination with Laura into the 558-page novel, American Wife, which imagines the courtship and marriage of a librarian named Alice and her hard-drinking, baseball-team-owning, born-again husband Charlie Blackwell. Through good times and hardship, a doting Alice stands by Charlie's side—all the way to the White House. (Did I mention she even imagines their sex life, too?)
So, before you hit up Amazon or the aisles of B & N, buying full-length travel guides to every country and city that's ever struck your fancy, just buy this one: 101 Top Honeymoon Destinations: The Guide to Perfect Places for Passion, a four-by-six-inch illustrated guide offering brief rundowns of what worldwide honeymoon locales have to offer. With destinations divided into eight sections ranging from luxurious to adventure to cosmopolitan, it helps to narrow what you're looking for from your 'moon and where you can likely find it. Does taking a thermal bath in ancient waters and learning to say "I love you" in native Quechuan sound up your alley? Check out Machu Picchu. Or would you rather sip cocktails in a sarong after horseback riding on the beach? Anguilla might have you and your honey's name written all over it.
If Bill was suggesting a sexual relationship with me, he was coy about it. The man I had interned for in college met me for coffee, ostensibly to talk advise a young sprout on her career. He's brilliant, attractive and a leader in his field. But when Bill began talking about how he sleeps with women other than his wife, I panicked at any hint of a subtext. What threw me off was when he told me that the wife knew about it. That was the first time someone I knew confessed to an "open marriage," and it challenged my notions -- illusions, perhaps -- about intimacy and fidelity. I'm as jealous as they come and I asked Bill if it bothered him that his wife slept with other men. But he said certainly not -- sleeping with numerous people actually made him a more confident person. And did their children know?
Vacations, in my world, are a time when rules do not apply, when you can have two scoops of ice cream for dessert every night – heck, when you can have dessert with breakfast. So in my world, I treat my brain to a vacation, too. I want ice cream for my brain. I want happy endings, laughter, sparkling plots, memorable characters, and blissfully good writing. Behold my "Guaranteed Brain Vacation Reading List" and give your brain a vacation summer with these can't miss, classic selections– books in various categories that have stood the test of time in their perfection for beachside, mountainside, poolside, or even commuting-and-wishing-for-vacation-side reading. Looking for a summer read in the category of: queen-of-good-vacation reading, eccentric-and-hilarious-family dramas, hot-blooded-men-and-warrior-women-seek-adventure-and-action novels, past-perfect-historical-romantic fiction, or better-ab-workouts-through-laughing books? Read on...!
Germany's aghast at Wetlands, a sex-drenched new novel by super-cute TV personality, Charlotte Roche. In the novel, the 18-year-old character, Helen, enjoys anal sex and gets off on...avocado pits? (Yes, you read that correctly.) As the New York Times put it, "It is difficult to overstate the raunchiness of the novel, and hard to describe in a family newspaper." That's the best endorsement ever, right?
Writing professor and mother of two, Theo Pauline Nestor, watched her marriage come to a screeching and definitive halt in the amount of time it takes to roast a chicken, literally. In How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, Nestor chronicles her journey through the stages of shock, denial, adjustment and acceptance attached to the process of divorce; in her case, after discovering her husband’s gambling habit had returned and devoured the family’s finances. Before the evening meal — the aforementioned chicken — hit the table, Nestor’s husband had moved out for good.
Harville Hendrix, Ph. D., a Clinical Pastoral Counselor who is known internationally for his work with couples, and his wife Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. co-created Imago Relationship Therapy (imago is Latin for "image") and developed the concept of “conscious partnership” based on nurturing intimate relationships and parenting. The first of their several books, Getting the Love You Want, was originally published in 1988 and has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive and deeply satisfying relationships. Imago is effective as a way to create stronger relationships, because it helps us become more aware of the way that we are all deeply interconnected. It offers insights into the unconscious agenda we bring to our relationships, encouraging us to grow together in a creative, non-controlling, and healing way. Hendrix's Getting the Love You Want has gained international acclaim, and even grabbed Oprah's attention (she's said to have employed the Imago theory to revitalize her own relationships). Here, YourTango provides an exclusive excerpt from the book.
Devoted globetrotters, Gilbert and "Felipe" own a store that sells all the beautiful objects they've collected from their travels. "We named our business 'Two Buttons' because a priest in Laos told us that we had so much love for life that we needed nothing more than two buttons in our pockets to get by in the world," reads their website, twobuttons.com. "Actually, sometimes we have gotten by on only one button."
Here it is, plain and simple: We've lifted a line or two from a recent release in the ever-popular "single girl" genre. From the glossary of...The Single Girl's Survival Guide: Secrets for Today's Savvy, Sexy, Independent Woman, by Imogen Lloyd Webber (Skyhorse Publishing). "All Text, No Trousers: Phrase used to describe a man who texts on a regular basis suggesting you should meet up, but never actually comes up with a date." Sound Familiar?