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It's My Pleasure: A Revolutionary Plan to Free Yourself from Guilt and Create the Life You Want Hardcover – April 19, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; New title edition (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743270819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this unconventional dual-memoir/self-help book, Maria Rodale, the vice-chairman of Rodale Inc., and her daughter Maya tell women how they focus on their own pleasure, from spending time alone to the use of a vibrator (which college-age Maya prefers to the boys she knows). Maria's and Maya's stories make for a compelling and honest pair of case studies that illuminate the different experiences of the two generations; in a discussion of following one's heart, Maria details how she reshaped Rodale, while Maya shares her decision to transfer from a small Connecticut college to bustling New York University in the wake of 9/11. How readers can translate these inspiring examples into their own lives is less clear. The advice included is simple; for example, sleeping naked, dining alone in a restaurant. The 30 short chapters also include profiles of "Pleasure Revolutionaries," women through history (from Mary Magdalene to Madonna) who the Rodales say demonstrate that pleasure-seeking "is an ancient, sacred path." Profiles based on interviews with contemporary women, such as romance writer Julia Quinn, are stronger than the minibios of historical figures. Emphasis on their strong beliefs in the power of ancient goddess worship and romance novels won't resonate with everyone, but their vivid personal stories could inspire many readers to seek their own pleasure. (May 3)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peacepoet on November 13, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I am reading this book right now and I am not finding too many revolutionary things about it that would help me overcome any major guilt. I do like the philosophy of the strong, independent woman, but I question how strong and independent our authors would be if they weren't Rodales and how much this whole story would be different if Maria Rodale did not have the family business to always fall back on. Seriously, not many of us have a major publishing company to fall back on should our choices not pan out.
Also, when you are from said family, it is really easy to make suggestions about how to obtain that freedom if money was no object. Maria's trip to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland or Maya's summer in Paris as catalyst to their changes in life and thinking is a little unobtainable for us common folk. I mean it wouldn't take me being in the middle of nowhere in Iceland to come to the conclusion that country living may work for me. I thought if I read anymore about how Maya is so happy to be able make a living as a writer and do nothing but sit in her pajamas and write at will that I would throw the book across the room.
In a nutshell, it's real easy to be "revolutionary" when money isn't an issue.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Fertile Rain on June 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
One of the most insipid self-help books ever penned. The author has no insight and her only "revelation" is that she did drugs and fooled around as a teen. Wow! There is literally nothing of value here. Did the buyers who wrote positive reviews actually read this thing??!!
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Moss on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The writing is sophomoric (complete with parenthetical asides,) at times quite plagiaristic and any thesis is totally non-existent.

It is a collection of pointless self-focused memoirs, out-sourced interviews and slapped together "Do-it!" list, which I assume were to justify the whole "Revolutionary Plan" marketing pitch.

It was so poorly written I want to cry.

I assumed while reading this book that it must have been published by Rodale and was shock to find no nepotism involved. It makes me very sad for the state of the publishing industry.

As far as I can tell, it's a justification for reading romance novels, since this was mentioned at least once in every chapter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Chung on May 29, 2008
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I am not sure how anyone could give this book such a poor review. As a matter of fact, I was so disgusted by the one star reviews on here, I just had to respond. There are many, many badly written pulp fiction and nonfiction books out there, but this is most assuredly not one of them. I loved the words of wisdom from Maya and Maria. I loved the mother/daughter perspective. I had first picked up a copy of this book in a NYC library and loved it. I meant to buy my own copy, and forgot. Gradually, I lost the title and author names, and have been wishing for two years I had bought the book when I meant to. Last night I was going through old journals and there was the book information. I bought two copies form amazon immediately, and will also put this on my shelf of favorite reads. The authors understand the questions and guilt women must deal with everyday, and their insight and solutions are dead on. A great read! If ever you see this, I thank you Maria and Maya. Great work.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am roughly Maya's age, finishing up college and am in love with this book. I really didn't leave my house for the 3 days it took me to read it! I have pages dog-eared and sentences underlined. This book touched me in a place that I feel like I have never been touched. Currently, I am in the place in my life where I am looking and searching for both myself and my life. This book gave me courage and strength...who wouldn't want to read/own a book like that?! I love it! Thanks Maria and Maya!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine Klocek-Lim on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I can't help but write an enthusiastic recommendation for this marvelous book. It is a gateway to the idea that a woman's life should be about freedom of choice and belief rather than a martyrdom of resentful servitude to the expectations of society and oneself. It reminds all of us who are lucky enough to live in this century of what we have to be grateful for and what we often take for granted. Even as the book details some of the darkest practices concerning women and how they have lived now and in the past, it doesn't dwell on the morbid. Rather, this book is an affirmation of life that implores all women to live fully and joyfully. It gives the reader a way to climb out of victimhood and become a woman of principle without giving up that which makes one feminine.

The book is divided into chapters that consist of autobiographical anecdotes, how to "do it" for yourself lists, and brief sections detailing historical and modern women's lives through stories and interviews. It is inspiring to read and shows you how to live this way not through detailed psychological therapy, but through gentle suggestions and concrete examples and pointers. Some of the women mentioned in the book are Nora Roberts, Nancy Drew, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Madonna. This book does not present the ordinary. It regards romance novels as a doorway into the collective consciousness of women and their awareness of what love means and is capable of for our world and everyday lives.

This book is going on my shelf of "books that changed my life," right between Carolyn See's novel "The Handyman," and Diane Ackerman's "A Natural History of the Senses." It is a book that no woman today should be without.
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