I Don't by Susan Squire

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For 10,000 years, marriage - and the idea of marriage -- has been at the very foundation of human society. In this provocative and ambitious book, Susan Squire unravels the turbulent history and many implications of our most basic institution. Starting with the discovery, long before recorded time, that sex leads to paternity (and hence to couplehood), and leading up to the dawn of the modern "love marriage," Squire delves into the many ways men and women have come together and what the state of their unions has meant for history, society, and politics - especially the politics of the home.
This book is the product of 13 years of intense research, but even more than the intellectual scope, what sets it apart is Squire's voice and contrarian boldness. Learned, acerbic, opinionated, and funny, she draws on everything from Sumerian mythology to Renaissance theater to Victorian housewife's manuals (sometimes all at the same time) to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic view of the many things marriage has been and has meant. The result is a book that will provoke and fascinate readers of all ideological stripes: feminists, traditionalists, conservatives and progressives alike.
 

About Susan Squire

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Susan Squire is the author of The Slender Balance and For Better, For Worse: A Candid Chronicle of Five Couples Adjusting to Parenthood. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, New York magazine, and the Washington Post, among many others. She has been married to book editor David Hirshey for 19 years.
 
Published January 15, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The roots of Western ideas about getting hitched, from early humans up to Martin Luther.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of I Don't

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Susan Squire sets out to explain our national perplexity about the origins, meaning and persistence of marriage.

Sep 07 2008 | Read Full Review of I Don't

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In breezy, irreverent prose, Squire (The Slender Balance ) catalogues the history and religious significance of the institution of marriage from Adam and Eve to t

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