From This Day Forward

Journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts take a look at the institution of marriage American style, including their own match of thirty-three years, in this compelling and wise new book that is destined to be another bestseller

With a narrative structure similar to We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Cokie and Steve Roberts use personal recollections as a springboard for the discussion of larger issues such as marriage, love, and family. When Cokie and Steve Roberts got married, some "friends" said it wouldn't last-just because she's Catholic and he's Jewish. Proving the doubters wrong, they have been married for over thirty years and have a few pieces of advice. Cokie and Steve will discuss issues from their own marriage as well as open a window onto famous unions in history, as seen from their different perspectives as husband and wife. Those stories tell a tale of the particular strengths and weaknesses of marriage in America and show the foundation of marriage as one that's undergone tremendous amounts of change while remaining fundamentally the same.

With a narrative structure similar to We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Cokie and Steve Roberts use personal recollections as a springboard for the discussion of larger issues such as marriage, love, and family. When Cokie and Steve Roberts got married, some "friends" said it wouldn't last-just because she's Catholic and he's Jewish. Proving the doubters wrong, they have been married for over thirty years and have a few pieces of advice. Cokie and Steve will discuss issues from their own marriage as well as open a window onto famous unions in history, as seen from their different perspectives as husband and wife. Those stories tell a tale of the particular strengths and weaknesses of marriage in America and show the foundation of marriage as one that's undergone tremendous amounts of change while remaining fundamentally the same.With a narrative structure similar to We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Cokie and Steve Roberts use personal recollections as a springboard for the discussion of larger issues such as marriage, love, and family. When Cokie and Steve Roberts got married, some "friends" said it wouldn't last-just because she's Catholic and he's Jewish. Proving the doubters wrong, they have been married for over thirty years and have a few pieces of advice. Cokie and Steve will discuss issues from their own marriage as well as open a window onto famous unions in history, as seen from their different perspectives as husband and wife. Those stories tell a tale of the particular strengths and weaknesses of marriage in America and show the foundation of marriage as one that's undergone tremendous amounts of change while remaining fundamentally the same.

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By Marilyn (Montpelier, ID) · ★★★★★ · March 01, 2014
I couldn't put this book down for very long. We met Cokie at a black tie event where she was being honored that we went to in New York a few years back. She is a class act. This book takes the reader all over the world across decades and deep into the family this Jewish/Catholic couple forged tog... ...more
By Lacey (Cottonwood, MN) · ★★★☆☆ · October 20, 2013
I was excited to read this book which promised to be an exploration of the history of marriage in America, interspersed with stories from Cokie and Steve Roberts's own long marriage. Still, rather than successfully integrating research, fact, and memory the way the best memoirs do, this book felt... ...more
By Cindy (Mentor, OH) · ★★★☆☆ · March 26, 2011
Observations and a bit of advice from their 30+ years of marriage. Of course I most enjoyed the sections about their kids going off to college and later marrying.

Best advice: "When kids made a decision for themselves, they have a vested interest in showing they were right. Lee wanted to prove to... ...more
By Elaine (The United States) · ★★★★★ · August 10, 2010
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was written in interview form and at times I had to see who was talking. It was quite interesting how Cokie being Catholic and Steve being Jewish celebrated the holidays and managed to bring both their religions into their family. They had such great respect f... ...more
By Annie (Cypress, CA) · January 08, 2014
I listened to this book on tape. What a wonderful story and testament to blending a marriage with diverse religion. It was wonderful.= Enjoy the Moments
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By Natalie · ★★★★★ · July 02, 2008
Love this book! First of all, they come from my alum area- Boston. Second this couple is brilliant. Third, I love how this couple is in love and merge different religious beliefs. It's a great story. ...more
By Ann (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 31, 2009
Great book about marriage. Conversation with the Robertes with example of how other marriages work/don't. Good info, interesting, definitely NOT preachy! ...more
By Karen (Boston, MA) · ★★★★☆ · May 15, 2008
Kind of rambling, and with no clear "bottom line" about marriage, but a lot of fascinating stories that provide good food for thought. ...more