Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Commitment

I just love this book.
I've read it at least three times.
This is the second book in this series.
The first is THE KID. And what happens to to Dan and his boyfriend Terry when they decide to get pregnant.

First the kid and then marriage. Maybe. Terry would rather get tattoos that say "Property of Dan Savage. Property of Terry Miller" on each other. As hot as that might be in the bedroom, it doesn't fly with Dan's mother.

I really enjoy this book. It is funny, compassionate and written from the heart.

From Publishers WeeklyStarred 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.

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