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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" [Joan Price] spices the book up with her own experiences."—New York Times -- The New York Times

"Better Than I Ever Expected" gives older women advice on how to date and how to love." -- New York Newsday

"Price brings an upbeat tempo and infectious energy to this empowering and straightforward guide to sex for the older woman." -- Kirkus

More About the Author

I'm elated to tell you that Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex won two prestigious awards: Outstanding Self-Help Book 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the 2012 Book Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

I am an author, speaker, advocate for ageless sexuality, fitness professional, and contemporary line dance instructor. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.joanprice.com and to participate in my zesty blog about sex and aging at http://www.NakedAtOurAge.com/.

Please see all my upcoming and recent events at http://betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.com/2007/01/joans-upcoming-events.html. If you'd like me to come to your venue, please contact me via http://joanprice.com/.

My background: For twenty-two years, I taught high school English in Italy, New York, and California. Then, in 1979, after a near-fatal automobile accident, I realized that I owed my life to my exercise habit and had a mission to share with others the joy of movement. I left teaching, became an exercise professional, and wrote five books about fitness and health, including The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ Quick and Easy Exercises You Can Do Whenever You Want! and hundreds of print and online articles.

After one marriage, several serious relationships, and more flings than I wish to count over decades of single life, I found the love of my life, artist Robert Rice, when I was 57 and he was 64. We were each other's Great Love, and we were together for seven years until cancer took Robert from me.

The power, intimacy, and spiciness of our relationship led me to write Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty (Seal Press 2006) at age sixty-one to acknowledge the challenges and celebrate the delights of older-life sexuality. I followed that book up five years later with Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex (Seal Press, 2011) after hundreds of readers sent me questions and comments about their own senior sex lives.

I live in Sebastopol, California where I write and teach contemporary line dancing. I travel widely, presenting upbeat talks and workshops on ageless sexuality.

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I highly recommend this book to ALL men and women, young AND old.
gidget
Wise and very respectful, Joan reminds us "Great sex is what's happening between two souls, two minds, two hearts--not just two bodies."
Charles B. Price
I expect to read this book many times and discover something new with each reading.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By T. Goldfarb on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're trying to decide which of the new "sex over 60" books to buy, definitely choose this one. It is not a step-by-step "how to" book that might offend people, although it does cover every aspect of sexual activity--married, single, solo, gay, straight, young, old, one-night, long-term (50 years and even longer). Instead, the book provides practical, encouraging advice from experts and from ordinary women about the joys of loving relationships, dealing with sexual problems of menopause, loss of interest in sex (or your partner's loss of interest and/or ability), how to approach sex with a new partner, helpful exercises, and even a detailed discussion of sex toys and assistive devices. (I thought these were only for `adventurous' couples, but the book explains how they can make sex possible and more enjoyable for older people).

Plus, this book is also a beautiful love story which could stand on its own, even without all the excellent sex information. The writer chronicles her many relationships, from her first teenage romance (You'll be furious to learn how her father broke up what might have been a lasting relationship), to a succession of sexual affairs, including a short failed marriage. It's easy to see why she had given up on finding true love. But she never gave up on having an active, fulfilling life as a dance and exercise instructor, despite two devastating auto accidents that left her with many scars and lasting injuries.

And then, magic! In the form of a trim, gray-haired, older man she spots in one of her dance classes. These are true-to-life 60-plus people, not wrinkle-free, gorgeous-body super models, but the story of how their love and sexual relationship blossomed is a real page turner. And be prepared for a few tears when you come to a troubling revelation near the end of the story.

This is a thought-provoking, informative, encouraging book you'll definitely want to share with friends.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Charles B. Price on October 17, 2006
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Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty by Joan Price lives up to its title! Like sex itself, it is fascinating, fun, and educational: a how-to book for staying sexually active and enjoying it as we, men and women, mature. With stimulating anecdotes and clinical details, it leaves no sexual arena unexplored. It encourages us to move beyond age and sexual stereotypes and better understand ourselves and our bodies. It gives a variety of suggestions on how to surmount dryness, wrinkles, flaccidity, and the like, in order to continue exploring the frontiers of pleasure and intimacy. Wise and very respectful, Joan reminds us "Great sex is what's happening between two souls, two minds, two hearts--not just two bodies." This book is a testimony to love and creativity. EVERYONE will learn from it. It is what a book should be, enriching! I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on February 1, 2006
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Dr. Bond of Rebeccasreads highly recommends BETTER THAN I EVER EXPECTED: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty as a courageous & witty guide for young people on the verge of discovering the paradise of sexuality, for older couples who have been brain-washed into thinking sex is only for the young, & for those happy lovers of all ages who wish to believe that the bliss of lovemaking will continue as long as they live.

After Joan Price agreed to write BETTER THAN I EVER EXPECTED, she circulated the following: "Wanted: Interviews with sassy, sexy women, age 60+, who are willing to share feelings and experiences openly and anonymously in a candid, woman-to-woman book" (p. 6). To her surprise, women responded abundantly, & were hungry to share their experiences & reveal the most intimate details of their bodies, fantasies, & relationships. Price uses quotes from these women's responses to illustrate her findings throughout.

BETTER THAN I EVER EXPECTED is an original book that needed to be written.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John on January 27, 2006
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What I love about this book is how lively, personal, and sexy it is! This is a 61-year-old woman talking straight out about her own sexuality: her first introduction to sex, her wild exploits in her 30s, her frustrations as an older woman looking for a relationship, and her affectionate, erotic, and often funny antics with the man she loves. I disagree that it's a "woman's book," by the way -- any man who's interested in how women think and act would enjoy this! I sure did.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Klio on February 3, 2006
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The truth is, indeed, that it's better than I ever expected. Probably because we were brainwashed into thinking there wasn't any life left for us in our 60s. How fascinating to discover that there are many other women out there who feel as I do. Joan Price writes an informative, personal and witty book. I found myself reading it as though it were a novel -- couldn't put it down. Thank you, Joan, for sharing with us in such a delightful and intelligent way.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By gidget on February 13, 2006
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This is the very best book I have read on enjoying sex as a mature adult. I highly recommend this book to ALL men and women, young AND old. Although I am many years from being sixty, it helped me adjust to the physical and psychological challenges of pre-/post- menopause. The specific and detailed sex advice by Joan Price and her contributors have inspired in me a renewed confidence and an accelerated enjoyment of sex. The sexperts have helped me to supercharge my sexual enjoyment and outlook on sex at any age. A whole new world has opened up for me thanks to you ~ I love you, Joan!
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