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 was…" to "One of the reasons I think we lasted so 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 lot 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: While this is a very sweet book, there is also plenty 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 book's five sections focuses on "Tying the Knot"; some of the questions specifically address elements such as the bachelor party and the wedding dress, but most of the questions are generic enough to apply to any type of commitment ceremony. –Jane Steinberg
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion (January 6, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078686477X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786864775
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
A beautiful record of their time together.
Great if you use it correctly
I thought that this book would be very sweet if I filled out everything up to the wedding/marriage part. However, I think that this book might be a bit hokey if just bought and given to someone blank. However, if you’re willing to start filling it out, it gives your companion an interesting way to look at memories and will encourage him/her to fill it out further.
I would not suggest getting this book if you are only dating or if you are newly dating: it defines and confines your relationship too much. But this is a great book if you are a couple who are not always together. My fiance lives in England, and we often enjoy sharing memories of our courtship, our vacations, etc. This is a perfect way for your partner to hear your voice and cherish memories when he/she is alone, or when you are unavailable.
A good gift for someone/a couple who is romantic, nostalgic, and interested in a little project or creativity.
Lovely wedding or wedding shower gift.
Not very creative
If you want a book where the couple can really interact and learn about each other, I’d recommend: All About Us. It has some of the question & long answer-type format, but it also has series of multiple choice questions and short answer sections. It’s a lot of fun, too!
Book Of Us Review
I also bought one for my parents to fill out. They have been married for 42 years and are having a BLAST filling it out together!
If you’re buying this, you know what you’re in for…
Perhaps the most important thing to realize is that you’re going to be forc.. errr… strongly encouraged by your wife to define your relationship in 20-hand-written-line increments, one page at a time.
It’s hopelessly romantic, but all-in-all a fun thing to look at later on.
Great Valentines or Anniversary Gift!
A gift of love for my husband
Loved it but needed two
The book includes sections like: dating, tying the knot, the early years, the middle years, etc.
Of course, he and I haven’t gotten past the first section. But I thought the questions were all appropriate and kind of revealed a few things we haven’t discussed before (in a good way ).
He loved that we can keep it and fill it out through the years and also that I took to the time to fill it out. Ultimately, I think it would be a great anniversary gift for your special someone.
(Note: unlike some other books that relate to this one, Book of Us is not meant to be funny. It’s more of a sentimental thing that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren and to look back on with your spouse)