American Savage by Dan Savage
Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

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...Savage provided a funny, empathetic face to the struggle for equality.
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On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.

Dan Savage is famous--and to some, infamous--for many reasons. To
name just a few: he's the author of America's leading sex advice
column, the frank and expletive-filled "Savage Love;" co-founder of
the Emmy Award-winning "It Gets Better Project," a YouTube
campaign aimed at LGBT youth that swept the globe in 2010; and he wrote the groundbreaking 1999 memoir The Kid about adopting a son with his partner (now husband) Terry, which helped inspire same-sex couples nationwide to adopt.
Dan has long been an advocate for marriage equality and LGBT rights, and AMERICAN SAVAGE contains some of his most personal and reflective essays on those subjects to date. He also explains, with his trademark humor and honesty:

- Why assault weapons should be banned, but why guns should be allowed in the U.S. capitol
- Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is "still kinda evil"
- Why straight people should have straight 'pride' parades too
- Why feminists are wrong about Halloween
- Why the Bible is "only as good and decent as the person reading it"
- Why public school sex-ed is more like "sex dread"
- Why the gay marriage debate isn't a zero sum game: nothing has been
taken from straight couples in states where all couples can marry


In a chapter called "Bigot Christmas," Dan also tells the behind-the-scenes story of his famous recent family dinner and marriage equality debate with Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage.
 

About Dan Savage

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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, Travel & Leisure, Salon.com, Nest, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and other publications. He has also contributed numerous pieces to This American Life on NPR. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Penguin Books. 312 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction
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on May 26 2013

At turns serious and humorous, this multifaceted collection of essays will entertain both longtime Savage fans and new readers.

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Reviewed by Noah Cruickshank on May 27 2013

...Savage provided a funny, empathetic face to the struggle for equality.

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