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A Little Bit Married
How to Know When It’s Time to Walk Down the Aisle or Out the Door
By Hannah Seligson
First comes love, then comes a decade of being “a little bit married,” then comes marriage. A Little Bit Married uncovers and spotlights a major trend in dating today: the long-term unmarried relationship. Journalist Hannah Seligson sheds light on a phenomenon that everyone does, knows someone who does, or is related to someone who does, but no one has named. In this sui generis type of relationship book – Seligson doesn’t just tell readers how to handle a guy dawdling to propose – she blends advice with the context of why young people are delaying marriage.
Today, the long-term relationship has become a rite of passage. A quarter of unmarried Americans (23 millions adults) say they are in committed romantic relationships. Through interviews with current and former “A Little Bit Marrieds” and numerous experts – drawing on material that ranges from Charles Darwin to President Obama -- Seligson distills information and provides advice for a generation of daters struggling to understand the emotional and practical realities of relationships that are post-“Let’s Do It!” and the pre-“I Do!”
From making marriage-like commitments such as moving in together to handling the doubts that naturally percolate about tying the knot, A Little Bit Married is a roadmap to successfully navigating the long-term relationship years for this generation of daters who are wondering, “I do. Or do I?”
Hannah Seligson is a journalist who divides her time between New York City and Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in the New York Times,the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. This is her second book. Please visit her website: www.hannahseligson.com.
January 15, 2010
The Cohabitation Commandments
Thou shall be on the same page about why you are moving in.
Thou shall truly like the person with whom you move in.
Thou shall expect the first six months to be rocky.
Thou shall know to whom the couch belongs.
Thou shall not sweep things under the carpet.
Thou shall not just become roommates who have sex occasionally.
Thou shall discuss finances and come up with a budget.
Thou shall not move in together to save money.
Thou shall not merge.