The Kid

The Kid

What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant : An Adoption Story

Book - 1999
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Welcome to Dan Savage's world: He's gay, dispenses sex advice to "breeders"(straight people), and at age thirty-two, finds himself in a long-term relationship. He decides he wants a baby in the house, his boyfriend agrees, and so they set out to make a family. Unfortunately, this also makes him a target of oppressive rhetoric among certain conservative groups, and a sellout to his gay friends. But all he can think about are the joys of parenthood--if only the birth mother weren't an addict while pregnant; if only people would stop asking "Why do you want a kid?"; and if only Dan could stop offending all the infertile straight couples at the adoption agency. The Kid is a no-holds-barred attack on conservative "values," and also a celebration of family and the lengths some people--gay and straight--will go to in order to create one of their own.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, c1999
ISBN: 9780525945253
0525945253
Branch Call Number: 362.734 SAV
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,23 cm

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JCLRachelSH
Aug 22, 2013

If I had to say my favorite thing about the recent surge in audio book publishing, it’d be the reboot of beloved backlist titles that you couldn’t have listened to five years ago. This summer, Penguin Audio has given us the gift of Dan Savage reading his 1999 tale of adopting a kid with his then-boyfriend (now husband) Terry Miller. In the same confrontational yet lovable voice that has made him a renowned sex columnist and founder of the It Gets Better project, Savage writes frankly about their experiences navigating the open adoption process as a gay couple in the nineties. It’s an entertaining and emotional story, made even better by Savage’s excellent new narration. When done well, I’m such a sucker for people reading their own memoirs to me on audio. Savage nails it! Best yet, he tells you all the stuff “they don’t tell you” about adoption, making this a legit reference tool for anyone who’s got babies on the brain.

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samills
Jan 03, 2012

This book is written with honesty, respect and clarity. I am thankful for this story.

fillups Dec 31, 2010

Wonderful book by sex columnist Dan Savage (known for Savage Love). How does this decidedly unsentimental guy move towards raising a child with his partner.

The adoption process itself is full of unexpected twists but what it does to the couple is even more intriguing.

A recommended book for all people considering adopting for its unvarnished view of the bureaucratic and emotional process.

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