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Starred Review. Schwartz, a sociologist at the University of Washington and sex and relationship adviser (The Great Sex Weekend) starts off with a question she had to ask herself: what should a woman do when she's suddenly single again after 23 years of marriage, hoping for another long-term relationship, or at least sex and companionship? I feel as sexually alive as I did when I was 25, but the number and availability of men for me has changed, Schwartz writes. Her candid and sexy memoir, targeted toward women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, is both a highly entertaining sexual autobiography and an account of her romantic liaisons in the five years after her divorce. The book is an unusual and appealing mixture of realistic dating tips and shrewd relationship advice interspersed with cautionary tales of Schwartz's rocky relationships with a succession of alpha males Despite the continuing thud of her romantic disappointments, Schwartz doesn't regret the risks she took. Ultimately, she learns to savor the pleasure of just being alive in her own body. For someone who admits that she can let her hormones create fake intimacy in her relationships, it's nice to see Schwartz finally enjoying an authentic relationship with herself. (June)
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I was excited to read this book as I prefer memoirs and as a social worker I am familiar with Dr. Schwartz's work. I found the book easy to read and the first half quite engaging. Read morePublished 21 months ago by groupworker
I was delighted to read this real life experience written by my cousin, Ron Hall. This is the first time I have heard the whole story of his illness and recovery experiences. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
As a gynecologist I am expert at giving advice on safe sex, contraception and the hormonal challenges that often sabotage midlife sexual health. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by A Gynecologist
Prime caught my attention, because it is written by well known sociologist Pepper Schwartz. Pepper Schwartz states, that men for millenium have been having casual sex and now it... Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Sandra
A courageous book. Dr. Schwartz really lays it all out there.
My only reservation: I was troubled at the way her marriage dissolved and the explanation: because she and... Read more
This is a funny and heartfelt book. The author openly talks about her sexuality which is extensive. Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by S. Minto
I read the book from cover to cover without stopping and then went back and re-read chapters of particular interest. I gained a lot of insight. Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by Sexyatsixty
Dr. Schwarz seems like a nice woman who, it must be admitted, has brought a lot of pleasure to many men. MANY, many men. Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Kerry Smith