Bed and Board is decidedly one of the best books I've read.
"To be born, to love a woman, to cry at music, to catch a cold, to die -- these are not excursions on the narrow road of logic; they are blind launchings on a trackless sea. They are not bargains, they are commitments, and for ordinary people, marriage is the very keel of their commitment, the largest piece of a ballast in their small and storm-tossed boat.. You cannot contract out of being born, out of crying, out of loving, out of dying; you cannot contract out of marriage. It may be uncomfortable, it certainly is absurd; but it is not abnormal."
-Robert Farrar Capon.