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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

“America’s most popular sex columnist” has been giving frank advice to gay and straight adults via his popular syndicated column “Savage Love” for more than two decades, but his public profile was elevated significantly after cofounding the It Gets Better Project in 2010. Aimed at LGBT youth struggling with bullying and suicide, the award-winning YouTube campaign sparked the world’s attention when everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama recorded video messages of support, turning the spotlight on an important problem. Through books, podcasts, newspaper articles, speaking engagements, and frequent talk-show appearances, Savage has shrewdly parlayed his outspokenness into a lucrative and successful brand—regularly drawing the ire of religious conservatives and even other gay-rights advocates. With his latest collection of essays on “faith, sex, love, and politics,” he takes on gun control, Obamacare, sex education in public schools, and gay marriage, among other hot-button topics. His provocative points are sharply made but repetitively rephrased. Fans of Savage’s in-your-face rhetoric are sure to rally around his liberal pulpit, but new converts may be harder to come by. --Chris Keech

Review

"America's most in-your-face sex columnist and gay-rights activist comes out swinging in these pugnacious, hilarious essays." -Publishers Weekly, *starred* review

"... An extraordinarily personal, deeply felt book about traditional marriage, authentic and healthy religion and a traditional sex life." - Washington Post

"Dan Savage is the most prominent activist for gay rights in America....many of his proponents forget just how good of a writer he is." - A.V. Club

Praise for American Savage

“Dan Savage’s new memoir slash advice book pushes all the right hot-buttons” – Dallas Voice

“Dan Savage is a gay superhero… marvelously discursive and footnote-laden collection of new essays… American Savage will most likely preach to the choir, but its polemics are still beautiful, verbal slap-downs of sanctimonious bigotry.” - Time Out New York

"An extraordinarily personal, deeply felt book about traditional marriage, authentic and healthy religion and a traditional sex life."
- Washington Post

"Savage's essays on fatherhood, cheating, and the subset of Americans, in American Savage, who still think sexuality is a choice are powerful messages for both the head and the heart." - Entertainment Weekly

"Dan Savage is the most prominent activist for gay rights in America...many of his proponents forget just how good of a writer he is." - The Onion

"This book by one of the country's favorite authors tackles faith, sex, love, and politics and looks towards an America where people don't judge people based on their bedroom habits. To liberals, this book is an eloquent doctrine of all that they believe, the love, honesty, and compassion form the backbone of all relationships. Conservatives, don't place this book on the burn list just yet: Savage's take on religion is wonderfully bipartisan in his emphasis on spirituality and reconciliation above all else." - In the Capital, "7 Books Every Politico Should Read for Summer 2013"


Praise for IT GETS BETTER

“An off-shoot of Savage’s online movement to reach out to bullied gay teens, this collection gathers inspiring essays from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, and Barack Obama.”
Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Must List’

“Handpicked and heartfelt essays from contributors famous and obscure, gay and straight.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“If a copy of It Gets Better could find a home in every school library in America, think how many teachers, administrators, and parents would have the tools they need to improve their school’s climate.”
The Huffington Post

“Brand-new and expanded essays, a section devoted to resources for LGBT teens, and an introduction from Savage that looks back at the project’s meteoric rise to viral fame. It’s chicken soup for the gay teenage soul.”
Salon

 


More About the Author

Dan Savage is a writer, activist, and TV personality best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.

Savage is the author of: American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics; The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction); The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant (PEN West Award for Creative Nonfiction); and Savage Love. He co-authored How to be a Person. The Kid was adapted into an Off-Broadway play and has recently been optioned for film.

Savage is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in widely in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and Salon.com. Savage is also a contributor to Ira Glass's This American Life. "Savage Love" is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, launched a YouTube video meant to offer hope to bullied LGBTQ youth. The It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the It Gets Better book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the It Gets Better Project received the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington with his husband and their son, DJ.

Photos by LaRae Lobdell.

Customer Reviews

He is very intelligent, articulate, and funny.
Pickyourownnose
I recommend it to everyone, straight or gay, who cares about how confused our culture is about sexuality and religion and politics.
Joan Price
This book whether you like his view points will make you think.
Grayson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Fan on May 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a lover of fiction. Oh, sure, I read a lot of non-fiction -- news, blogs, internet columns -- but when I think of reading for pleasure,it is always fiction. So I bought Dan Savage's book out of impulse. I like his columns, SLOG, his podcasts, his work on behalf of gay kids and my gay friends -- so why not give him a little paid thank you for all of the free stuff I've gotten from him over the years?

So the book arrived on my Kindle app and I thought I'd read one essay -- like maybe one a day? Who knew I'd gobble it down like -- well -- my favorite novels? Savage is an amazing writer -- precise in his thought process, graceful in his expression, amusing, humane, and frequently (as Mike Huckabee says) "rude, vile, and angry." The victims of his needle wit, of course, absolutely deserve it, having attacked vilely and viciously his life, his family, his friends, and those in this world who just want to be allowed to love as their beings demand. Dan's work is sometimes angry, but more often he shows humor, love and a keen understanding of human nature.

So I recommend this book to those who appreciate good writing as well as to those who enjoy insight into other people's lives (including their sex lives!), or who just appreciate seeing the bigots of this world skewered as they well deserve with a measured wit and deadly logic.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By T.J. Sullivan on June 23, 2013
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I'm a fan. Let's just put that out there. Never miss a podcast, and I admire the guy greatly. But, the book didn't offer anything to a regular Savage consumer that we don't get every time we tune in. This is a greatest hits album meant to cash in on the high profile of the recent years. As I was reading it, I was thinking that it would be great for those who have experienced Savage at a distance. Those of us who have been viewing close up for a while aren't going to find anything new here. Honestly, I long for something that matches the personal brilliance of the early books, "The Kid" and "The Commitment." When Dan is talking about his life and making it personal, the authenticity is inspiring. He does self-deprecation so well (thank you, Catholic upbringing). You see shades of that in this book when he talks about his mother's death and in other chapters with glimpses into his family life and relationship. But, that great stuff gets drowned in the political discourse in this book. And while I am always in Dan's corner when he talks politics, I guess I look for something more when he's writing a book. That's what makes this just a "good" for me and not something that I'll be raving about to others. The brand of "Dan Savage" is driving the bus right now, and hey, who can blame him? I miss the authentic writer, though. It's what the core is made of, and I bet it will return later when the heat dies down.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joan Price on May 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Dan Savage geek. I was prepared to like Dan's new book. I had no idea that I would love it, highlight it, bookmark it, rave about it. I had no idea that Dan could write so eloquently, and from the heart. Dan's personal stories are moving, especially when he writes about his mother's death, his husband, or his son. Each time he speaks from his heart with a story from his own life, it is to illustrate or lead us to an important point.

American Savage is a book about sex, love, and marriage in our contemporary culture and how politics, religion, and sexuality get mixed together -- and badly mixed up. I recommend it to everyone, straight or gay, who cares about how confused our culture is about sexuality and religion and politics. Please read this book and share it with people in your life who agree with you -- and those who don't.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Teri Tipton on May 30, 2013
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(Says the straight 40 something woman)

If you're a fan of Savage Love, this book is a no-brainer. It encompasses Dan's wit and logic (and colorful turn of phrase) in a manner that makes you feel like you're sitting in a bar with him discussing life. It's not just about "Teh Gay", it's also about sex education and strengthening the family (yes, every family, even "opposite sex" ones). There's a heartbreaking chapter on the death of his mother, and his proudest moments as a parent, and his strong love of his spouse. And frankly, there is a very emotional chapter on his struggle with leaving his Catholicism behind.....as an ex-Catholic, I can understand the ambiguity.

Thank you Dan, you've created a topical tome on life in America in the 21st Century. You've been on the front lines of the culture wars for a few years now, and should e proud of your accomplishments and voice.

Buy the book if you enjoy reading about the culture wars. Don't buy it if you are a Biblical literalist. I guarantee you will NOT like it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Held on December 22, 2013
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I have encountered Dan Savage twice on Bill Maher's HBO show--a great wit with a take-no-prisoners approach to bursting the bubbles of hysterical right wing-nuts! This collection of essays--likely some of his columns--is a very forthright and honest exploration of all kinds of things, not just sexual. My favorite, maybe, is the chapter on the accusation that Pres. Obama is a socialist, and then Dan gets into showing us how following the gospel instructions on feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and caring for the poor and aged...that's real socialism, as is Medicare, gov't subsidized...anything, etc. Get it!
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