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"Fascinating... Valuable insight into an institution that has recently been transformed yet again."--The Boston Globe
"Very amusing...[A] passionate intellectual manifesto."-- Library Journal
“Squire archly reconsiders the disobedient Biblical helpmeet Eve (‘Shouldn’t the buck stop with the senior officer, not the assistant?’), as well as witches, bitches, nymphomaniacs, concubines, clerics, cuckolds, and others … Take this potent, hugely entertaining book to bed.”—O Magazine
“Lively and a pleasure to read”—Kirkus Reviews
"In breezy, irreverent prose, Squire catalogues the history and religious significance of the institution of marriage ....as if gossiping with a girlfriend...."—Publishers Weekly
“A sardonic and delightful romp through the history of conjugality, from day zero on. An illuminating book for those who want to know their history, rather than just repeat it: anyone in a marriage or just contemplating the possibility will want to take notes. Also perfect for couples therapists’ waiting rooms, throwing at your spouse, and Valentine's Day.”—Laura Kipnis
“Written with an incisive wit and an unshowy audaciousness, I Don’t is an absolutely compelling read—a must for anyone, man or woman, who has wondered about the war between the sexes and the truce that is marriage. Steeped as her book is in historical detail, Susan Squire proves herself to be that rare breed: a scholar with a light touch, writing with a deftness and fluency that lifts her comprehensive knowledge and closely informed readings to the level of literature. This is a book that informs while it entertains the reader—a truly original take on its subject.”—Daphne Merkin, author of Enchantment and Dreaming of Hitler
This book tends to make highly opinionated generalizations without supporting them in the text.
Squire's history is the polar opposite of dry - it's liquid and moist and messy and heaving, and one of the most entertaining reads I've had in a long time.
Squire takes the reader on an historic tour of the one of civilization's most confounding institutions - marriage.
Drily humorous and highly informative, I am having a really good time reading this and keep wanting to read passages out loud to my mate.Published 1 month ago by Mary Ann Raimond
A thoughtful and hilarious presentation of male perspectives on women starting with the story of Adam and Eve.Published 2 months ago by P. M. Griffin
Well written, and interesting subject matter. The headline and tagline sold the book, but there is no editorial or discussion for or against marriage, really. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bettergears
I was a little disappointed by the angry tone of the book --- more so at the beginning of the book than later. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karen Brown
Book arrived in excellent shape and in a timely manner. The book is very helpful in my research on marriage for my book in development..Published 19 months ago by Joseph G. Langen
I have enjoyed reading this book a lot. The author has done a lot of research, and has a snarky and caustic wit about the results of that research that makes this a lot of fun to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cissa
This book was long, drawn out and really boring. I would not recomend this book unless you are reading to bring on a nap.Published 23 months ago by Kristen Williams
This book is much more about the repression of sexual passion than about marriage per se. If you are expecting a diatribe against "marriage" this is not the book. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Mike B