American Savage

American Savage

Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

Dan Savage

  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101624227
  • 320 Pages
  • Dutton
  • Adult


On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage delivers “powerful messages for both the head and heart” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the moment he began writing his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, Dan Savage has never been shy about expressing his opinion on controversial topics—political or otherwise. Now, he addresses issues ranging from parenting and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and health care. Among them:
  • Why straight people should have straight “pride” parades, too
  • Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is “still kinda evil”
  • Why what passes for sex-ed in America is more like “sex dread”
  • Why the Bible is “only as good and decent as the person reading it”
Speaking to a broad range of subjects with brutal honesty and irreverent humor, American Savage cements Dan Savage’s place as a provocative and insightful voice in American culture.



“An off-shoot of Savage’s online movement to reach out to bullied gay teens, this collection gathers inspiring essays from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, and Barack Obama.”
Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Must List’

“Handpicked and heartfelt essays from contributors famous and obscure, gay and straight.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“If a copy of It Gets Better could find a home in every school library in America, think how many teachers, administrators, and parents would have the tools they need to improve their school’s climate.”
The Huffington Post

“Brand-new and expanded essays, a section devoted to resources for LGBT teens, and an introduction from Savage that looks back at the project’s meteoric rise to viral fame. It’s chicken soup for the gay teenage soul.”


Praise for American Savage

“Dan Savage’s new memoir slash advice book pushes all the right hot-buttons” – Dallas Voice

“Dan Savage is a gay superhero… marvelously discursive and footnote-laden collection of new essays… American Savage will most likely preach to the choir, but its polemics are still beautiful, verbal slap-downs of sanctimonious bigotry.” – Time Out New York

“An extraordinarily personal, deeply felt book about traditional marriage, authentic and healthy religion and a traditional sex life.”
- Washington Post

“Savage’s essays on fatherhood, cheating, and the subset of Americans, in American Savage, who still think sexuality is a choice are powerful messages for both the head and the heart.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Dan Savage is the most prominent activist for gay rights in America…many of his proponents forget just how good of a writer he is.” – The Onion

“This book by one of the country’s favorite authors tackles faith, sex, love, and politics and looks towards an America where people don’t judge people based on their bedroom habits. To liberals, this book is an eloquent doctrine of all that they believe, the love, honesty, and compassion form the backbone of all relationships. Conservatives, don’t place this book on the burn list just yet: Savage’s take on religion is wonderfully bipartisan in his emphasis on spirituality and reconciliation above all else.” - In the Capital, “7 Books Every Politico Should Read for Summer 2013″