Reading Marriage, A History
I Started Stephanie Coontz’s book Marriage, a History, over 6 months ago and I’m still only half-way through it, NOT because it hasn’t proved to be an interesting read, but because time has been so limited lately. In fact, pretty much every time I pick it up for a few minutes read (usually over breakfast or lunch) I hit upon some gem that I need to turn in to a Goodreads status update, or even a whole blog post.
Here’s an excerpt from the cover flap:
“Marriage today is held up as a blissful haven of love and friendship, sex and stability. We long for the gold standard, the traditional marriage, but marriage turns out to have a checkered past…. Marriage has changed more in the last thirty years than in the previous five thousand, and few of the old ‘rules’ for marriage still apply. In the courts, in the op-ed pages, and at the dinner table, battles rage over what marriage means, why people do it, and who can do it.”
And here’s my goodreads status updates.
Eventually I’ll finish the book, but meanwhile, have any of you read this book? What did you think? And do you have any other suggestions for good books/resources on the history of marriage?