Brand New. Hardcover. Brand new, not a used item. Please no orders from Tennessee. There is no hotter issue than gay marriage in the culture-war debate, and Dan Savage, one of America's most outspoken and beloved columnists, takes it on and makes it personal in this rollicking memoir of coming to terms with the very public act of marriage. What he discovers will make readers-gay or straight, right or left, single or married-howl with laughter as well as rethink their notions of marriage and all that it entails.
As the hoopla over gay marriage abounds in the United States and with Canada legalizes gay marriage, Dan and Terry wonder if they should tie the knot. And really, is marriage necessary to a family that has already proved itself to be a solid unit?
Again, Savage make many good points about marriage, pro and con, as he and his boyfriend Terry frantically wonder if living in sin is harming their son in anyway. Quoting pop culture sources as well as ancient texts such as the Bible, Savage traces marriage throughout it's different incarnations and forms, and whether or not tying the knot is really all that important.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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