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Weirdly Beloved
     

Weirdly Beloved

by Cynthia Ceilan
 

The author of Thinning the Herd turns the spotlight on love and the crazy things we do in its name.

Inspired by the romantic misadventures she’s witnessed in her own family, Cynthia Ceilán takes us jauntily through real-life stories about love: what demented things we do in its name, the wildly unusual choices people make in their selection

Overview

The author of Thinning the Herd turns the spotlight on love and the crazy things we do in its name.

Inspired by the romantic misadventures she’s witnessed in her own family, Cynthia Ceilán takes us jauntily through real-life stories about love: what demented things we do in its name, the wildly unusual choices people make in their selection of a mate, and the joys and horrors of saying goodbye to a relationship that has long overstayed its welcome.
 
Here are some of the delightfully wicked secrets she reveals:

“Normal” is in the eye (and the bedsprings) of the beholder, especially when it comes to happily married conjoined twins—and the young man who falls in love with his guitar.

Many countries ban same-sex marriage, but a few are happy to let you marry your dog.

Condemned (male) homicidal maniacs get slews of marriage proposals from lovely ladies, but their female counterparts' only option is to marry each other.

Weirdly Beloved offers comforting proof that there is never only one way to fall in love, or one way to be properly married, or one way to suffer the indignities of love gone wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599214030
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.65(d)

Read an Excerpt

—In October 1993, a not-so-bright moose fell in love with a fake deer in Waterboro, Maine.  The foam-filled deer belonged to a family that used it for bow-hunting target practice.  The 700-pound moose was so single-minded in his passionate advances that he persisted until the deer’s phony antlers fell off, at which point he appeared to lose interest.  He sniffed at the tattered remains of the deer, looked around as if to see if there were any other available prospects, and eventually gave up and trotted back into the woods.

Wildlife officials warn that autumn is the rutting season for moose in northern New England.  Moose have been known to attempt courtship with dairy cows and other slow-moving mammals.
 

—In February 2005, Phulram Chaudhary of Kathmandu married his dog.  The customs of the Tharu community to which he belonged held that an old man whose teeth grew back must take a dog as his bride.  Mr. Chaudhary believed that marrying his dog would also help him avoid great misfortunes later in life, even though he was already 75 years old.

As luck would have it, Chaudhary died three days later.  There was no evidence of foul play.  The fate of his dog-wife remains unknown.
 

—In 1995, actress Pamela Anderson donned a white bikini and married musician Tommy Lee.  The two had known each other for a whole 96 hours. The ceremony was held on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, while they were stretched out on lounge chairs and sipping cocktails.  They later had a more formal wedding ceremony.  For that one, they wore silver spacesuits. 
 
 

Meet the Author

Cynthia Ceilán is the author of Thinning the Herd: Tales of the Weirdly Departed (Lyons Press). She lives in New York City.

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