The path to the altar isn't all rose petals.



The Wedding: A Novel

By Dorothy West


West, active in the Harlem Renaissance as a teenager, received critical acclaim for her 1948 novel The Living is Easy. Almost half a century later she completed her second book, the story of a black wedding on Martha's Vineyard in 1953 that goes awry when the bride wants a white jazz musician to perform. When this intricately woven tale was finally published in 1995, it proved the 88-year-old author remained keenly alive to the subtleties of her characters' lives.




The Member of the Wedding

By Carson McCullers


Frankie, 12, is bored out of her mind until she hears about her older brother's wedding. Then things get interesting. McCullers creates a full, vibrant inner world for Frankie, as her adolescent imagination sweeps her into a fantasy of stowing away on the couple's honeymoon in search of something grander than the limited life she has known.




Monsoon Wedding (DVD)

Directed by Mira Nair


This 2001 charming arthouse hit features an Indian woman who has just exited an affair with a much older man and now faces the marriage her traditionalist father has arranged for her with a man from Houston. Along the way, the story introduces a sweetly comic cast of characters at all stages of the love continuum.





Something Borrowed

By Emily Giffin


Rachel has always been a "good girl." She chucks it all on her 30th birthday when she ends up in the sack with her longtime best friend's fiancé. Oops. In a story as much about the nature of friendship as about romance, Giffin handles the touchy subject of her heroine's predicament with trademark humor and grace. Her real feat: the way she lets Rachel become a full-fledged adult in these pages.




Delta Wedding 

By Eudora Welty


Welty's flowing first novel chronicles the seemingly everyday goings-on of a large Mississippi Delta plantation family in 1923 that is readying for a cousin's nuptials. It is instead an engrossing study of the complicated world of the Deep South of the era—and of the eternal human need to belong.


July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.