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The true story of a marriage (not really), a lovable and relentless mother, a six-year-old who says his parents cannot get married (but wants to go to the reception), a partner who doesn't want to act like a straight person, and the author, who has written a hilarious and poignant memoir about making "The Commitment."

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.

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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Energetically ambivalent memoir of a gay wedding as a family milestone. Despite his arguments to the contrary, Savage takes a resigned pleasure making an honest family man of himself." Kirkus Reviews

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"Dan Savage is a man practiced at having it both ways. In this memoir of how and why he decided to marry his boyfriend, he combines many risque mentions of his friend's hot buns with scenes as suburban as a backyard badminton game." Washington Post

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Dan Savage, a syndicated sex-advice columnist, takes on the issue of gay marriage and makes it personal in this rollicking memoir of coming to terms with the very public act of marriage.

Synopsis:

Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son DJ says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married, but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter and rethinking their notions of marriage and all it entails.

Synopsis:

The true story of a marriage (not really), a lovable and relentless mother, a six-year old who says his parents cannot get married (but wants to go to the reception), a partner who does‛t want to act like a straight person, and the author, who has written a hilarious and poignant memoir about making“The Commitment”

There is no hotter issue than gay marriage in the culture-war debate, and Dan Savage, one of Americ‛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.

Praise for Dan Savag‛s Skipping Towards Gomorrah:

”Takes readers on a journey tha‛s as insightful as it is hilarious”

—Entertainment Weekly

”Laugh-out-loud funny”

—The Seattle Times

-Savag‛s“Savage Lov” column runs in more than seventy newspapers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

-Like the best political comedians, Dan Savage is a frank and honest storyteller whose comedy is funny but always insightful and necessary.

-Dan has appeared on The Al Franken Show on Air America, Paula Zahn Now on CNN, 20/20, MSNBC, and VH1.

About the Author

Dan Savage is the author of the internationally syndicated sex-advice column "Savage Love" and the editor of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly newspaper. His books include Skipping Towards Gomorrah; Savage Love, a collection of his advice columns; and The Kid, an award-winning memoir about adoption. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and other publications. He has also contributed numerous pieces to This American Life on NPR.

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Cheryl Klein, January 22, 2008 (view all comments by Cheryl Klein)
Dan Savage's writing is like Luden's cherry-flavored cough drops--candy that does at least a little something good for you. While I suspect his gay marriage memoir preaches largely to the choir (of which I'm a member), his simple and logical argument for equal rights provides some usable talking points. But more than anything, the book is a funny and sweet portrait of what a real family looks like in the 21st century: sort of traditional, sort of queer, with lots of love and bickering.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525949077
Subtitle:
Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
Author:
Savage, Dan
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Gay couples
Subject:
Gay male couples
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
September 15, 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.24x6.32x1.09 in. 1.09 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Energetically ambivalent memoir of a gay wedding as a family milestone. Despite his arguments to the contrary, Savage takes a resigned pleasure making an honest family man of himself."
"Review" by , "Dan Savage is a man practiced at having it both ways. In this memoir of how and why he decided to marry his boyfriend, he combines many risque mentions of his friend's hot buns with scenes as suburban as a backyard badminton game."
"Synopsis" by , Dan Savage, a syndicated sex-advice columnist, takes on the issue of gay marriage and makes it personal in this rollicking memoir of coming to terms with the very public act of marriage.
"Synopsis" by ,

Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son DJ says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married, but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter and rethinking their notions of marriage and all it entails.

"Synopsis" by , The true story of a marriage (not really), a lovable and relentless mother, a six-year old who says his parents cannot get married (but wants to go to the reception), a partner who does‛t want to act like a straight person, and the author, who has written a hilarious and poignant memoir about making“The Commitment”

There is no hotter issue than gay marriage in the culture-war debate, and Dan Savage, one of Americ‛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.

Praise for Dan Savag‛s Skipping Towards Gomorrah:

”Takes readers on a journey tha‛s as insightful as it is hilarious”

—Entertainment Weekly

”Laugh-out-loud funny”

—The Seattle Times

-Savag‛s“Savage Lov” column runs in more than seventy newspapers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

-Like the best political comedians, Dan Savage is a frank and honest storyteller whose comedy is funny but always insightful and necessary.

-Dan has appeared on The Al Franken Show on Air America, Paula Zahn Now on CNN, 20/20, MSNBC, and VH1.

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