Rich with anecdotes, inspiration, and brass-tacks problem solving, The Lesbian and Gay Book of Love and Marriage chronicles the emotional and political heart of gay commitment. Weaving together interviews with lesbian and gay couples and singles with the expert observations and personal testimonies of gay figures such as Candace Gingrich, Craig Lucas, Gabriel Rotello, and Cris Williamson, Paula Martinac takes you on a journey through the milestones and turning points, the joys and the struggles of gay relationships.
Meeting Mr. or Ms. Right: The challenges and excitement of searching for--and finding--the "one"
Seriouser and Seriouser: Taking your relationship to the next level--living together, popping the question, coming out to friends and coworkers
I Do! I Do!: From public ceremonies to private commitments--the many ways same-sex couples take their vows
For Better or Worse: The complexity of married life--in-laws, money matters, building a home, divorce, and widowhood
The Family Way: Creating your own family without a blueprint--families of choice, blended families, adopting and raising children
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Paula Martinac's The Lesbian and Gay Book of Love and Marriage is a crossbreed of a book that offers knowing, humorous insights on love in the gay lane. Crossing romantic advice à la "Dear Abby" ("Meeting Ms. Right") with practical tips on gay weddings that would make Martha Stewart proud ("Right in Your Own Backyard") and homo-child-care cues by way of Dr. Spock ("Are Grandma and Grandpa on Board"), Martinac has assembled a collage of expert interviews, statistics, personal opinions, historical anecdotes, intimate photos, and chats that, while covering an enormously wide range of interests and positions, is quite centered and focused. This is because Martinac understands that there is no one gay or lesbian point of view on any of these topics; each person and each couple has unique needs and opinions. While it does not avoid the controversial (Gabriel Rotello's belief that gay marriage can help stop AIDS) or the sentimental (Mubarak S. Dahir's mediation on what to call his boyfriend in public), The Lesbian and Gay Book of Love and Marriage manages to be both frank and funny, practical and political. --Michael BronskiFrom the Publisher:
"In this world of complex and unique relationships, Paula Martinac provides a crucial and impressive guide to success in love and marriage. Readers will find themselves marking pages and underlining passages and returning to them again and again."
--David Mixner, author of Stranger Among Friends
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Book Description Broadway Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0965635236