Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know about Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages

Putnam. May 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780593190449. $27. MEMOIR
Former New York Times editor Catherine Doty takes readers through her experience of finding love professionally and personally, in this engaging memoir. As a writer for the paper’s weddings section, Doty spent her days confirming details of the lives of the rich and famous whose nuptials were slated to be featured in the section; all the while, she was searching for love herself. Seamlessly blending stories from her upbringing and the ups and downs of her romance with a fellow reporter, Doty breathes life into her memoir with these touching, often humorous tales. While she claims that she learned all she knows about love from the wedding pages, it’s clear from her writing that she also grew up among a loving family and circle of friends. After years of covering weddings, brides, and grooms, Doty develops an understanding of love and marriage; she postulates, “Despite an industry pretty much dedicated to encouraging us to believe otherwise, these fancy weddings don’t mean anything unless the love is real.” She concludes by recounting her own path to marriage as a white woman and reflecting on the racialized history of domesticity.
VERDICT Doty’s love-filled memoir will delight readers hoping for an inside look at the wedding section, and fans of uplifting memoirs.
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