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Dan Savage's column, "Savage Love," is a nationally syndicated sex-advice column read by more than four million people each week. He has written the column for eight years, and it runs in twenty-six newspapers in the United States and Canada. He also writes "Dear Dan," an online advice column for ABCNews.com. Savage is the associate editor of The Stranger in Seattle and a regular contributor to This American Life on NPR and is the author of Savage Love (Plume), a collection of his advice columns. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
One major trend in the sexual minority community in the late 1990s has been the addition of children, by adoption or cooperative parenting, to their families. Several books have been written detailing the experiences of those creating new families, most notably Jesse Green's recent The Velveteen Father (LJ 6/15/99). Now Savage, a well-known sex-advice columnist, weighs in on this discussionÄwith inimitable wit and graceÄtelling the story of how he and boyfriend Terry adopted a baby. One of the most honest gay writers around, Savage mingles personal insights about the complicated adoption process with analysis of contemporary issues. He is funny and touching without being mean or corny. Though some writers of personal experience tend toward whimsy overload (notably Garrison Keillor), Savage keeps such tendencies in check. This book is such a good read that even those who have thought a lot about gay parenting will find their horizons expanded. For most public libraries and academic libraries documenting contemporary culture.ÄDavid S. Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Known for his nationally syndicated sex advice columns (collected in Savage Love) and as a regular contributor to NPR's This American Life, Savage recounts what he and his boyfriend of two years went through to adopt a child. After investigating the possibility of becoming biological parents with lesbian friends, Savage and his partner, Terry, pursued an open adoption through an agency. They met Melissa, a homeless "gutter punk," whom they liked, although they worried that she drank and took drugs recreationally at the beginning of her pregnancy. In the end, though, everything worked out for everyone involved. Savage is best when detailing the emotional ups and downs that came with revealing that he was even considering gay parenting, including his anxiety about the possible disapproval of both gay and straight friends, about the ways his sex life would change and about buying the right "baby things." Employing the blunt tone of his columns, Savage humorously and honestly discusses his sexual practices (including bondage and fantasies involving actor Matt Damon), his ambivalence about being a parent and his rage at his homophobic grandmother. His forthrightness is brave and daring in the face of social opposition to gay parenting. However, though Savage's chatty, mercilessly satiric style is effective in his columns and may be intended here to balance the optimistic underpinnings of his journey into parenthood, in this sustained narrative it wears a bit thin. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"Savage tackles the politics of gay adoption head-on...Intelligent and honest...a love story, an argument, and a how-to book all in one".-- The San Francisco Chronicle