You'll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love

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Steerforth Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.3 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Marcia Zug is a family law professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The Yale Law School. Her previous book, Buying A Bride, explored the history of mail order marriage in the United States. She lives in Columbia, SC with her husband and two daughters.
"A fresh, engaging social history." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Gold diggers, bigamists, prenups, breach of promise suits, alimony: it's all here, wrapped up in an engaging and accessible account." -- Booklist

"You'll Do is an illuminating and informative read that encourages us to broaden our perspective on American marriage and the systems that support it." -- BookPage

"You'll Do is a fascinating and thorough historical review of the institution of marriage." -- Foreword Reviews

"...astute, well-researched history of marriage." -- LIBER: A Feminist Review

"An engrossing account of why individuals have married for reasons other than love and often made that work, but Zug also warns of the dangers to our most vulnerable citizens when policy-makers make legal rights and social benefits that should be available to all contingent on marriage."
-- Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage

"Zug's wry, clear-eyed history of American marriage, in all its unromantic glory, shines a new light on an old institution. An absolute pleasure to read." -- Liz Scheier, author of Never Simple

"You'll Do is a wonderfully fun romp through the history of why people marry. Zug weaves together colonial incest laws, her great-aunt Rosie's marriage designed to help a man escape the Nazis, Saturday Night Live, Jane Austen, contemporary welfare policy -- and more -- to tell the story of the marital bargain. While the common assumption is that people should only marry for love, Zug explains why so many people do not -- and why that decision makes sense."
-- Naomi Cahn, author of Marriage Markets

"The best books are those that prompt you to reconsider long-held assumptions about things we take for granted, and Marcia Zug's You'll Do fits that definition to a tee. In an illuminating, incisive, clever, and, at times, maddening study, Zug identifies the myriad ways in which our laws and norms both treat marriage as means to an end and undervalue the very different legitimate ends that marriage can serve. As Zug persuasively demonstrates, we've become too accustomed to viewing marriage as a means of apportioning rights and benefits in our society -- at great cost to both the other values marriage can serve and the other ways we can and should confer those rights and benefits." -- Stephen Vladeck, author of The Shadow Docket