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Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty Paperback – December 13, 2005
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"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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book on the subject of sex over 60. Of course, as a sexually active 62 year old man, I already know the subject inside out, so to speak. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Berkowitz
I read this book cover to cover and loved every minute of it. It was good to have different points of view and so much honesty. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sally McCoy
Stars tell the story... AS advertised and described in listing. Color is correct. Size is appropriate. Easy to handle. Smells great. Delivered to me close to what I needed.Published 16 months ago by Loverboy33333
This is a book written by and for women. Had to buy it to learn that. It has all the depth of a Cosmopolitan article.Published 19 months ago by Chas
Save your money. This is a horrible book. The author acts like an expert, but it seems to me she is relying on this late in life FLING she experienced. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mom of 5