The Commitment by Dan Savage
Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family

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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.

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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,, 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 September 22, 2005 by Plume. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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He tackles gay marriage from every possible angle, but it’s the personal discussions — where he and his boyfriend Terry are deciding whether or not they should get married — that are the most effective, because it makes it a decision that isn’t political but personal;

Jul 12 2009 | Read Full Review of The Commitment: Love, Sex, Ma...

Austin Chronicle

The Commitment is a memoir sprinkled with polemic on gay marriage (in the absence of legal recognition) and gay family life (in the absence of established norms).

Nov 18 2005 | Read Full Review of The Commitment: Love, Sex, Ma...

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