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 has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project - his book of the same name was a New York Times best seller - his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he's written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian, Salon.com, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.
Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.
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Not only does this book make me feel as though I am not alone as a gay man in a straight world but it also shows just how good life can get for us all that try.
Yes, it was such a good book. I found the delivery very good and the arguments and points that Dan was making very easy to agree with. There was humor throughout the serious and Dan's voice was very easy to listen to and understand. I would recommend this book to anyone. Even those opposing LGBT's, you may learn something.
I just came away from this book feeling like we are all human, no matter who we are attracted to. We should treat each other with respect and dignity along with the fact that everyone should have the same opportunities in life.
I have not listened to Dan Savage before, but after listening to this book, I believe I will look for more of his work.
The story of his mother's death and the epilogue were both very moving. I really felt for him as he explained his mother's death. I had a tear in my eye listening, so I'm not sure how he was able to tell it with such a clear voice. It was obviously an emotional time. I really like the epilogue. It is great to see our country finally starting to realize that love is love and marriage should be allowed by all. I do hope the men from the park were also able to celebrate that day.
I really got a kick out of the introduction. Really, why do you need to introduce a book that someone already purchased with the intent to read? Great way to start a very enjoyable book.
Dan Savage is a great performer on his own work! This collection of essays should be on the reading list of every United States history curriculum!
Love the book and it was great to have Dan himself as the read for all the little inflections and reminiscences that make the book come to life as though it were a live reading. For anyone who is of a liberal mind this book will resonate deeply with you and the injustices that are a part of the current struggle for a better society.
No, once was enough. It was a great read and I definitely recommend it.
The story itself, I had to put it down at times because I was furious.I felt inspired at times. I am one who can listen to others and consider their opinions with an open mind. I cried listening about his Mother. I laughed when he was describing the dinner with Brian Brown. Do I agree with all of Dan's beliefs? NOPE! Nor Mr. Brown's but overall it was a good read
I enjoy when authors narrate their own work! This is huge for me.
Dan Savage can do no wrong! I'm an avid follower of his podcast, I love his take on relationships and sex, so maybe, I'm just a little bit biased. But who cares, right?
Well substantiated arguments.
Absolutely. He brings forward good arguments, current topics and an interesting perspective.
Yes. Some similar material.
An excellent attention grabber as it is. No need to change it.
Thanks Dan for putting yourself out there. Always food for thought.
No, but it was good the first time.
I loved when he moved on from his usual topic, to things of more substance.
He is so good at crafting a compelling argument! I loved the part of him having over for dinner, a person who so adamantly apposed his views to have the freedom to marry. I think it is so important to have dialogue! instead of being angry or mean to each other.
I love when Authors read their books, it is so impactful to the story. Hearing the pauses and inflection at just the moment it is intended is so wonderful!
Say something about yourself!
Fans of Dan Savage probably already know his opinion on a far range of subjects, as he is not one to hide his opinion. But this books details his opinion with nuance and details on not always provided to him in shorter formats.
Dan's book has some interesting anecdotes and stories, but it is more of an editorial than a biography. His views are thoughtful, and his tone is engaging. The book is a fun listen with Dan's original wit, humor and irreverence that people both love and hate him for.
I'd push this book on anyone who is not familiar with Dan Savage's writing-- but who should be! If you're a regular reader/ listener of his column/ podcast, well, it's a fine summary of his writings/ rantings over the past 5-10 years, and totally worth a listen for a (relatively) concise summary of his more poignant points, and astute perspectives.
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