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An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner Paperback – November 20, 2012
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"Cheryl Cohen Greene's book allows us to share in her beautiful work. We read about sexual healing and we are healed ourselves. Give yourself the gift of reading this book and getting a glimpse of what is possible." Helen Hunt
"A rare look at a worthy and fascinating subject. At its core a love story, Cheryl Cohen Greene¹s memoir demystifies surrogacy and debunks its creaky myths with an empowering sense of dignity and truth. Raw, brave, touching and above all unflinchingly honest." John Hawkes
"A woman’s compelling memoir of her unusual career Baring it all in a sexually explicit but clinical, non-erotic way, Cohen Greene opens a door onto an intimate life... Her work with one handicapped man [Mark O'Brien] is the basis of the film The Sessions, starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt. An illuminating revelation of the unfamiliar." Kirkus
"For more than 30 years of our personal and professional association I have urged Cheryl Cohen Greene to tell her story to the world. Finally here it is. "An Intimate Life" is bolder, more sensitive, more touching, more entertaining, more informative, and just plain more fascinating than I ever could have hoped. This is a wonderful book on so many levels I can honestlyrecommend it to anyone." Isadora Alman, author of Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex
"An Intimate Life could easily fall into the realm of sensationalism that plagues most media depictions of Cohen Greene's career, but in Cohen Greene's memoir, there are no sexual freaks or failures. Her clients are everyday people with universal problems, and Cohen Greene confronts their sexual hangups with the frank assessment of a nurse." Windy City Times
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Cheryl's evolution as a surrogate partner is a most fascinating journey from her roots in a conservative Catholic milieu to marvelous spokesperson for the wonders that healthy sexuality and true intimacy can provide. The writing is concise, descriptive and clear--I must say Cheryl's explicit descriptions of her work with clients directly convey the essence of her selfless giving of herself and generosity. The reader can "feel" her through her words and come away with a near direct appreciation of what this amazing woman accomplishes. Like wishing that every man (and woman) had the direct experience of Cheryl, I similarly wish that all would read this honest, sensitive experience of Cheryl's work and come away much the better for it.Read more ›
And that's why I rate this book so highly. Because despite my incredulity, and despite my dislike of her apparent lack of self-esteem, I could not put the book down.
Her client stories are written in a very step-by-step factual way. She clearly and repeatedly describes the process she uses with her clients, with whom she has 4-8 sessions, getting naked on the first session. Her basic approach is to teach clients (mostly men) how to be considerate lovers, ask what a partner wants, and be honest about what he wants or doesn't want. She likes to give an analogy about how a surrogate partner differs from a prostitute. Going to a prostitute is like going to a restaurant and ordering dinner, but going to a surrogate is like going to culinary school and learning how to cook a fine meal. But the book is not self-help material, because I think you have to learn these techniques through personal interaction with a partner you like and trust. Whether that person is a surrogate, a prostitute, or someone you love depends on you.Read more ›
The author is astute and honest in her observations, especially when examining her life and the cultures she has lived in and understanding why she made the decisions she did.
An excellent read and finally a powerful, moving story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a non-surrogate bodyworker I found this book fascinating. I'd seen the movie with Helen Hunt and I wanted more information. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Caring citizen
I have another swell sex-positive book to tell you about today. Anyone who frequents http://www.drdicksexadvice. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Wagner
I was interested in reading Cheryl Cohen Green's story as research for my series of novels involving a character with deep-rooted sexual issues. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christa Wojciechowski
No where near as interesting as I thought it would be. Each chapter is based on one client from the author's practice. Most of the book is just common place. Read morePublished 13 months ago by incurable_romantic
This is a true-to-life account of life as a sex surrogate. The subject matter is very interesting and the account is enjoyable reading.Published 14 months ago by Anna
After viewing the 5-star movie THE SESSIONS, I just had to find out more about the actual surrogate that was played by Helen Hunt. I really enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stanley F. Lemaire
Really an amazing book and a heroic person. She has touched so many lives and helped so many overcome fear.Published 21 months ago by Lawyer Girl