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Dan Savage is probably the best-known sex columnist writing today. His witty, often snarky column, Savage Love, appears in hundreds of independent newspapers and he is a popular speaker on college campuses. His LGBT youth-supporting, famous It Gets Better video project and book has found contributors from everyday folks to President Obama. And we can't forget that this is the man who redefined the proper name "Santorum." This collection of 17 new essays has a built-in audience that will not be disappointed. Savage introduces readers to his son's coming out as straight. Not so controversial. But it's not like him to avoid controversy and he doesn't. Sexual mores such as debates over monogamy and the closeted are grappled with. He also takes on conservative opponents though they come across as straw men at times. American Savage is also intensely personal when the author talks about his Roman Catholic upbringing and his mother, and in a discussion of a survey of contemporary sexual politics. (There are references to sex acts, but they are not overly graphic.) VERDICT Savage writes conversationally and wonderfully. Although some might be put off at first by his strong opinions, most readers will ultimately find him engaging. Recommended for general readers who enjoy the cutting edge essay format.-David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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America's most in-your-face sex columnist and gay-rights activist comes out swinging in these pugnacious, hilarious essays. Savage (Savage Love) proffers more unvarnished and often sacrilegious bedroom and relationship advice, recommending, for example, that spouses try each other's kinks on for size and, if sexual incompatibility proves insurmountable in an otherwise satisfying marriage, that they consider a little nookie on the side. He reserves his most pointed sex tips for detractors and ideological opponents, suggesting a number of lewd acts they could perform to cope with their upset over his forthright advocacy of marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. (He widens his brief to include cogent soap-boxing on behalf of single-payer national health insurance, gun control, and physician-assisted suicide.) Savage is that rarity, a liberal-verging on radical-who defends his positions with steel-trap logic and scornful humor laced with profanity and stripped of politically correct cant. But in his own way he's a champion of "family values," which emerge in warm domestic scenes with his husband and son, in moving reflections on his mother's death, and in his common-sense understanding of sexual fulfillment as an anchor for stable relationships. Underneath Savage's scabrous, bomb-throwing exterior beats the heart of a softie. Agent: Elizabeth Wales, Wales Literary Agency Inc. (May 28) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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America's most popular sex columnist has been giving frank advice to gay and straight adults via his popular syndicated column Savage Love for more than two decades, but his public profile was elevated significantly after cofounding the It Gets Better Project in 2010. Aimed at LGBT youth struggling with bullying and suicide, the award-winning YouTube campaign sparked the world's attention when everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama recorded video messages of support, turning the spotlight on an important problem. Through books, podcasts, newspaper articles, speaking engagements, and frequent talk-show appearances, Savage has shrewdly parlayed his outspokenness into a lucrative and successful brand regularly drawing the ire of religious conservatives and even other gay-rights advocates. With his latest collection of essays on faith, sex, love, and politics, he takes on gun control, Obamacare, sex education in public schools, and gay marriage, among other hot-button topics. His provocative points are sharply made but repetitively rephrased. Fans of Savage's in-your-face rhetoric are sure to rally around his liberal pulpit, but new converts may be harder to come by.--Keech, Chris Copyright 2010 Booklist