Mating Rituals of the North American WASP (Paperback)

By Lauren Lipton

5 Spot, 9780446197977, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

List Price: 13.99*
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After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can't remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man's hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring. Not what she expected, but close enough! The next day she receives a phone call from the Las Vegas one-night stand, Luke, claiming she's already married to him

About the Author

Lauren Lipton is a journalist who specializes in lifestyle, business, fashion, and trend stories. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Portfolio, In Style Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Forbes Woman, Glamour, Marie Claire, and on National Public Radio's All ThingsConsidered. She lives in New York City and in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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Praise For Mating Rituals of the North American WASP

"How I love this funny, smart, full-of-heart novel about the 'I Do' coming before the 'I love you.' Lauren Lipton is one of my new favorite authors!"

"Lauren Lipton's Mating Rituals of the North American WASP simply buzzes with wit, charm and irreverence. Lots of fun twists and turns -- and stingingly spot on details!"

"[An] appealing romantic comedy."

"Smart, sassy, and impossible to put down! Readers will love Lauren Lipton."
-Author of The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND

"Wickedly funny, yet deeply poignant, this book marks the debut of a sparkling new voice. Lipton writes with wit, intelligence, and, most of all, heart."
-Author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Ghost on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND

"Lipton is a talented writer who has created a genuinely likeable character in Iris. Striking a balance between silly and serious, this tale of her transition from homesick Californian to real 'New Yorker' will resonate with readers everywhere."
-Author of Something Borrowed and Something Blue on IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND

"Stylishy written, closely observed, and compulsively readable, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is an absolute treat. It's The Undomestic Goddess meets The Gold Coast to fantastic results."
-Alison Pace , author of City Dog

"The Connecticut scenes provide some funny moments. Peanut butter and bacon on crackers, anyone?"
-Kirkus Reviews

"Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton is a hysterical look at love between the mismatched."

"...a full, satisfying novel laced with truly funny dialog."
-Library Journal

"[One of] summer's best beach reads: A crumbling manse, whiskey punch, and the ruggedly handsome scion of a preppy Connecticut family lead to an unorthodox marriage pact in Lauren Lipton's Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp."

"You'll get a chuckle out of this lighthearted beach read."

"...delightfully romantic. Her characters are believable and, more importantly, they're likable...Lipton depicts the WASP lifestyle with insightful accuracy, but always in a tone that's both witty and wry. Moreover, the talented works of an unexpected and appreciated bonus...[WASP] is the full package: a clever plot, captivating characters, and the affirmation that there's someone out there for everyone - even the waspiest of WASPs. If you're headed to the beach, this is definitely one to pick up!"
-Quest Magazine

"The conventions of romantic comedies have become so hidebound that we now have the term "rom-com," as dismissive as "sit-com." Cute meet, check. Don't like each other at first, check. Fight the attraction, check. Get together in the end, check. This leaves room for only two things that can elevate a novel over the usual dross: style and observation. Luckily, WASP contains a generous helping of both. Lipton's ability to get inside the minds of the characters, and, consequently, to make us care about them, is top-notch, as are her notes on the WASP/preppie world."