You’re Married to HER?

Essays by Ira Wood

Praise for You’re Married to HER?:


“Saucy, sexy stories. A raucous romp through a novelist’s life.” Kirkus Reviews


“Charming and witty, thanks to Wood’s intimate tone and keen gift of observation.” –Publishers Weekly


Fearless, gregarious, frequently humble and hysterical… I have no problem placing Ira Wood on the same pedestal we’ve placed Dave Barry and David Sedaris. Yes, he’s that good.” The Barnstable Patriot


“Hilarious. This slim collection of true accounts penned by a confirmed ne’er-do- well will provoke laughs, chuckles, and even the odd scream of outrage.”
Foreword Magazine (Five Star Review)


“You’re Married to Her? feels in many ways like a second coming of A Fan’s Notes — a sharp, biting, unceasingly funny collection of thirteen essays and a brief epilogue that, for all their pith, are still rendered with such compassion that we cannot help but read on.” Fifth Wednesday Journal


“It was the cover illustration that drew us to this delightful little book – one look at that quirky pumpkin headshot was all we needed to know this was a book for us! And we weren’t disappointed: if you’re a fan of David Sedaris, you’ll enjoy Ira Wood’s brazenly self-skewering narrative.” —The Vancouver Public Library, 10 New Books We Love


You’re Married to HER? is a hilariously brazen memoir, a raucous and richly detailed saga of one man’s erotic pratfalls en route to a marriage made in heaven inside a Garden of Earthly Delights. Ira Wood lets his delirious inner Portnoy off its leash, no holds barred, and what a romp! His past life, loves, tribulations, and remarkable sustainability are a blessed antidote to all that currently ails us. It’s really fun, laugh-outloud, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s f**king delightful.”
John Nichols, Author of The Sterile Cuckoo and The Milagro Beanfield War


As the anti-Vietnam war movement drew to a close, a 26-year-old unknown playwright began an affair with a glamorous older woman, a feminist activist and acclaimed poet/novelist. What she saw in a neurotic, sexually naïve, poorly educated but very sweet guy was apparent to no one, especially him. In a wildly self-skewering but oddly sympathetic narrative voice, Wood reimagines his early years with Marge Piercy in a series of chronologically linked essays, never failing to raise the question that few failed to ask, You’re Married to HER?

With the brazen candor of Toby Young’s How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and the wicked lunacy of David Sedaris, Wood tells tales of his first true love, who he told his parents were dead; his disastrous affairs; his childhood dependence on speed; running for public office on a lark—and winning—only to find himself responsible for the government of a small town. Thirty years later he’s still married to HER, confident enough to share, and laugh at, what men do when their behavior slips to the level of their self-esteem.


More Advance Praise:


“In his comic autobiography You’re Married to HER? Ira Wood takes us on a raucous, hilarious, bawdy, no-holds-barred ride though the life of a mid-list writer tormented by a catastrophic imagination and an insatiable sex drive. This is not just a funny book: it’s a darkly funny, wildly confessional, beautifully constructed description of an ordinary guy written as if it were a collaboration between Jean Jacques Rousseau, Robin Williams, and Woody Allen. I laughed from first page to last and couldn’t put it down.”
—Mary Mackey, Author of The Widow’s War


“Ira Wood is the funniest essayist I’ve read since Woody Allen. He is delightful company, wickedly observant, and capable of saying almost anything, though never with malice. In You’re Married to Her? Wood targets everything from small-town politics to the men’s movement to the publishing industry, but his favorite bulls-eye is himself. He tumbles through a lifetime of misadventures—call it sex, drugs and safety roll–yet somehow lands on his feet. Indeed, this is more than wit; this is hard-earned wisdom, a memoir of rare intelligence, honesty and integrity.”
—Martín Espada, Author of The Republic of Poetry


“In this ribald memoir, Ira Wood takes us inside his marriage to a famous writer. Along the way, he makes it abundantly clear why a woman like Marge Piercy would fall in love with him. Wood is a lively raconteur, and he has some damned funny stories to tell about his life as the ‘younger man.’”
—Pagan Kennedy, Author of Black Livingstone


Read a Review from The Provincetown Banner

Read a Review from Foreword Magazine

Read a Review from The Barnstable Patriot

Read a Review from Fifth Wednesday Journal

Read the Interview in ForeWord Magazine

Read an article from The Cape Cod Chronicle

Read a sample chapter: Mr. Nappy, The Artist


CATEGORY: Non-Fiction / Humor
PAGES: 208 – Also Available as an e-book

ISBN: 978-1-935248-25-5
PRICE: $15.95
Pub Date: August 2012