by Cokie and Steve Roberts, 2000, William and Morrow Company, New York
A nice little memoir about the authors’ marriage and relationship, it is interspersed with stories about other marriages, starting with the American Revolution and ending with some divorced and extended family situations. The passages about Cokie and Steve’s experiences were interesting as they were married shortly before our marriage and went through some of the same experiences we did. They were also revealing in that they didn’t always paint Cokie and Steve in the best light. Their marriage did manage to survive and flourish, however, as they adjusted to one another. Cokie grew up Catholic and Steve, Jewish, so they had a lot more to deal with than most couples.
Unfortunately, the stories about other marriage situations that were also included in the book were a bit dull reading and didn’t seem to add up to a coherent message. They probably detracted a bit from the overall effort rather than added to it.
Overall, the book was just so-so.