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Starred Review. The author of the internationally syndicated column "Savage Love" brings much-needed humor, and a reality check, to the bitter gay-marriage debate with this polemical memoir. As Savage (Skipping Towards Gomorrah) and his boyfriend, Terry, neared their 10th anniversary, Savage's mother put on the pressure for them to get married. But, Savage notes, there were several other points to consider before deciding to tie the knot: among them, the fact that marriage doesn't provide legal protection in Washington State; Terry prefers tattoos as a sign of commitment; and their six-year-old son declared that only men and women can get married. Furthermore, Savage himself worried that the relationship would be jinxed by anything more permanent than a big anniversary bash, though the one they plan quickly assumes the proportions and price of a wedding reception. While documenting the couple's wobble toward a decision, Savage skewers ideologues, both pro– and anti–gay marriage, with his radical pragmatism. Disproving Tolstoy's dictum that "happy families are all alike," he takes a sharp-eyed, compassionate look at matrimony as it is actually practiced by friends, his raucously affectionate family and even medieval Christians. When he explains to his son what marriage is really about, you want to stand up and cheer, and the surprise ending is both hilarious and a tear-jerker. As funny as David Sedaris's essay collections, but bawdier and more thought-provoking, this timely book shows that being pro-family doesn't have to mean being anti-gay. (Sept.)
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“Hilarious, heartfelt.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“As funny as David Sedaris’s essay collections, but bawdier and more thought-provoking.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“Most of all, a book about creating and appreciating family.” —Seattle Times
“I think America would be a better place if everyone on every side of the gay marriage debate would read this book.” —Ira Glass, host of the public radio show This American Life
“The strongest argument here, which [Savage] brilliantly plays down, is that family means everything to these people: married, not married, blended, gay, straight, whatever.” —The Washington PostSee all Editorial Reviews
I liked this book. Dan Savage is a pretty good author that has great voice and interesting life experiences. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Spencer P.
This is an unhappy mix of political pontification and autobiography. Dan Savage is an excellent writer, and I don't object to his decision to use his own wedding ceremony as a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ryan Mease
This was a great follow up to Dan Savage's previous book about adopting his son. I liked it very much, but The Kid is still my fav.Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Heimler
Fun book and Dan has an effortless writing style. I will be reading his other books.Published 12 months ago by LM
Having just married my partner of 19 years, this author captured some of our thought process regarding leaving our home for another state that does not vilify our loving... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Re
This was my first Dan Savage book and I loved his writing style. He is funny, informative and his book was an easy read. I will read more of his books in the near future.Published 15 months ago by Ellen Mcavoy
It read very well like a conversation between good friends. I liked that you could apply his real life stories to your own real life situations. Always direct and always on point.Published 17 months ago by Sonny R. McCann