I Don't: A Contrarian History of Marriage (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 15, 2011 - Social Science - 272 pages
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For 10,000 years, marriage - and the idea of marriage -- has been at the very foundation of human society. In this provocative and ambitious book, Susan Squire unravels the turbulent history and many implications of our most basic institution. Starting with the discovery, long before recorded time, that sex leads to paternity (and hence to couplehood), and leading up to the dawn of the modern "love marriage," Squire delves into the many ways men and women have come together and what the state of their unions has meant for history, society, and politics - especially the politics of the home.
This book is the product of 13 years of intense research, but even more than the intellectual scope, what sets it apart is Squire's voice and contrarian boldness. Learned, acerbic, opinionated, and funny, she draws on everything from Sumerian mythology to Renaissance theater to Victorian housewife's manuals (sometimes all at the same time) to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic view of the many things marriage has been and has meant. The result is a book that will provoke and fascinate readers of all ideological stripes: feminists, traditionalists, conservatives and progressives alike.
  

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User Review  - lcalvin83 - LibraryThing

This was actually a drag to read in most parts. I wanted to like it and it does put forward some welcome critiques on patriarchy and gender inequality. However there MUST be better and more poignant material out there on the subject.. Read full review

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User Review  - David Delmar - Goodreads

Fantastic book. I hadn't heard of Susan Squire before I embarked on this exercise. That's a pity, for she is witty. She's a skilled writer whose prose is humorous and smooth. It's quite obvious she is ... Read full review

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Susan Squire is the author of The Slender Balance and For Better, For Worse: A Candid Chronicle of Five Couples Adjusting to Parenthood. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, New York magazine, and the Washington Post, among many others. She has been married to book editor David Hirshey for 19 years.

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