This attractively designed, user-friendly, and elegant volume invites readers to record the stories and moments of the romance of a lifetime through 150 simple, yet poignant, prompts.
For the diehard romantic, there may be nothing so thrilling as chronicling that one true love. The Book of Us presents 150 topics on the subject–ranging from “Before I met you, my love life used to be…” to “One of the crucial reasons I think we lasted as long as a couple is that…” Like David Marshall’s earlier book, The Book of Myself, which is also a keepsake, this book makes us wish it were prettier. But it is the thought that counts, and a large number of thought will go into turning these empty pages into something a spouse, one’s children, and then their children will cherish. And not to fear: Even as this can be a very sweet book, there is also a lot of room here to ruminate on the less saccharine aspects of life partnership: financial crises, humorous escapades, parenting woes, and home-improvement projects. A word to gay readers: One of the crucial book’s five sections makes a speciality of “Tying the Knot”; one of the vital questions specifically address elements such as the bachelor party and the wedding dress, but the various questions are generic enough to apply to any type of commitment ceremony. –Jane Steinberg