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Ganahl, a 49-year-old San Francisco Chronicle columnist, had almost everything a woman could want: financial stability, a flourishing career, an adoring daughter and the kind of sparkling social life even Dorothy Parker would envy. What she didn't have, though, was a boyfriend—and as she looked down the barrel of middle age, when every man she knew was either married, interested only in (much) younger women or otherwise unacceptable, this one-time male-magnet wondered if anyone would ever look at her lustfully again. Ganahl's writing is sassy, fiery (the prose equivalent of her red hair and love of rock and roll), and many readers will nod in amused sympathy as she recounts her disastrous forays into the world of online dating or laments the difficulty of looking sexy in a sensible heel. But the book isn't all self-deprecating humor. Reeling from the one-two punch of her mother's and sister's deaths and struggling to accept her daughter's increasing independence, Ganahl tackles the bigger issues as well. Ganahl may be occasionally, infuriatingly self-defeating, but more often she's pluck and charm personified. Readers, meanwhile, will enjoy Ganahl's romantic portrayal of her beloved San Francisco—a character as alive and fully developed as any in the book. (Feb.)
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"[Ganahl's] dating escapades are daring and delicious, but also emotionally profound."—ELLE magazine
"Imagine Bridget Jones if she were a 48-year-old, twice-divorced American woman with an adult daughter, three cats and a new gig as a columnist writing about single life for the San Francisco Chronicle. The best part of Naked is Ganahl's sometimes embarrassing candor. Risking ridicule, Ganahl refuses to let men and an age-obsessed culture define her sexuality. And the reader cheers, 'you go, girl!'" —USA Today
"Ganahl is at her best when she embraces the very real and understandable contradictions inherent in being an unmarried, unattached, older woman. 'Who am I kidding? No matter how glorious it is being single - most of the time - I do believe that human beings are genetically programmed to want to pair up. Our quest for bonding makes us do stupid, inappropriate things, alter our standards, backslide on our beliefs.' It takes courage to tell such truths." —LA Times
"Her perspective and insights into the romantic lives of unattached older women are fresh." —Baltimore Sun
"For those wondering what it's like to try to find a life partner as the years grind on, Ganahl provides a lively portrait; fellow wanderers on the road to love should find some solace in knowing that adventure need not wait for the perfect travel companion." —Ladies' Home Journal "Books We Love"
"Ganahl's writing is sassy, fiery (the prose equivalent of her red hair and love of rock and roll), and many readers will nod in amused sympathy as she recounts her disastrous forays into the world of online dating or laments the difficulty of looking sexy in a sensible heel. But the book isn't all self-deprecating humor. Reeling from the one-two punch of her mother's and sister's deaths and struggling to accept her daughter's increasing independence, Ganahl tackles the bigger issues as well. Ganahl may be occasionally, infuriatingly self-defeating, but more often she's pluck and charm personified." —Publishers Weekly
"'Jane Ganahl Unleashed' is the best description of this funny, charming, moving and discreetly gossipy book by the former San Francisco Chronicle columnist. One of the most satisfying aspects of Naked is Ganahl's realization that society has sold her a bill of goods: she has bought into the myth that it's impossible to be happy, self-respecting and fulfilled on her own." —Pacific Sun
"Who tells the honest-to-God truth anymore? Jane Ganahl, thankfully. There's more than humor here, because Ganahl is as smart as she is funny and honest. The result is a poignancy about the flaws and foibles of the human heart that took me by surprise." —Lolly Winston, author of NYT bestselling Happiness Sold Separately
"Jane Ganahl captures what it's all about to be middle-aged and single—with all its ecstatic highs and self-esteem lows. She shows us that life can be rich when you hit 50-with or without a man!" —Candace Bushnell, author of Lipstick Jungle and Sex and the City
"Jane is a smart and snazzy and sophisticated writer with a great deal of emotional and social insight. Not to mention a contagious sense of humor!" —Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale & How Stella Got Her GrooveSee all Editorial Reviews
Some parts are humorous, but the encounters are shallow and the main character self absorbed and looking for someone to make her feel better about herself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maureen
I have given up on some books at various points because they did not catch my attention. This book is unique. I threw it away. Vapid ramblings are what come to mind. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by David J. Crossley
It's okay to be middle aged, and single, and naked! Thank God! Or there would be millions of folks out there thinking the good days are behind us. Not true! Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by E. Fisher
I laughed out loud more than once within the first chapter. The author's commentary is so real and insightful with a continued sense of humor. Read morePublished on July 4, 2007 by books and wine
It's okay. It's taking me time to read it, it has not sunk in to where I want grab it and read. I see it and oh yeah I'm reading that.Published on June 7, 2007 by E. Wilson