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What happens when you pair a romantic with a nonromantic? Where does the twain meet when you like to wow your lover with an original song and he thinks a bar of soap is a thoughtful gift? In his charming, often hilarious account of his decade-long relationship with his boyfriend (now husband), journalist David Valdes Greenwood sets the record straight on gay marriage, playfully disarming the arguments against it. Here are the highpoints (and some low points) that chart any good relationship: from the first blush of romance; to meeting the in-laws; to forgetting your pants at your own wedding; to figuring out in those first years that "life as a couple is all about discovering just how many things you can approach differently without actually killing each other"; and finally, of sharing that first great love, a child. Poignant and smart, these notes from a same-sex marriage will strike a chord with anyone who has ever known just how outrageous, challenging, and maddeningly wonderful the ties of love can be, no matter what configuration your family.
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David Valdes Greenwood teaches at Tufts University and lives in Massachusetts.Review:
"An endearing story...Greenwood's humorous, honest, and personal voice makes him a great tour guide and friend." -- Library Journal, 2/1/07
"An entertaining and educating read." -- Echo, 2/1/07
"Greenwood is a born storyteller, and the story he tells is one you'll be delighted to hear." -- Gay & Lesbian Review, June 2007
"In hilarious, easy-to-devour prose, the author paints a beautifully candid portrait of his marriage...The perfect reading companion." -- Zink, February 2007
"Not only the tale of a grounded same-sex marriage, but...the lives of two amazingly devoted parents." -- Bay Area Reporter, 2/1/07
"This is an endearing, humorous, honest account of a marriage between the writer and his husband. Author David Valdes Greenwood is an exceptional storyteller who relates his tale of a loving relationship from the first blossoms of love to the usual trials and tribulations we all face in long-term relationships....If you want to read a magical, funny tale of real people facing life together and searching for happiness, you must read this book." -- Curled Up with a Good Book, September 2007
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