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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098299317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982993170
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary L. Tabor is the author of The Woman Who Never Cooked, which won Mid-List Press’s First Series Award and was published when she was 60. Her short stories have won numerous literary awards. Her experience spans the worlds of journalism, business, education, fiction and memoir writing. She was a high school English teacher who joined the business world, leaving her corporate job when she was 50 to earn an MFA degree. She teaches at George Washington University, works with less-privileged populations at the D.C. library on how to get started writing, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She lives in the Penn Quarter in downtown D.C.

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Ms. Tabor's writing is contemporary, artful, and cleverly told.
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From beginning to end, this book captivates, grabs, and holds the reader's attention.
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Tabor straightforward lays her heart and her love life out for the reader to dissect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carter Lee on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
To say that Mary Tabor's memoir moved me would be a gross understatement. Like most readers, her stories of love, heartbreak and redemption deeply touched me. But it is the very essence of Mary's honest portrayal of her life that affected me the most. Not only did this fine piece of literature move me, but it also inspired me. Mary's candor, humor, brutal honesty, and emotions that she shares so openly with her readers allowed me to look deeper inside myself with more honesty. Since reading her book I have learned to really search my inner core and admit to myself who I truly am; I feel liberated.

Mary's work moved me on every level, from laughing so hard at a coffee shop that people stared, and to silently weeping as her revelations led me to my own. In Chapter 15, Frying Pans, Mary is angry at her husband, D, and spends $1500 on a pair of underwear, stating that there are many ways to hit a man over the head with a frying pan. I lost it when I read it, and busted out in laughter, partly because I wanted relief from the previous chapter that saddened me, and partly because of the pure humor.

In the previous chapter, Mary quotes Nietzsche: "It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." Then she goes through an incident of a crush, and reflection of her own rocky marriage, and declares Nietzsche was right about marriage. It was at this very moment that I started viewing my own failed marriage from a different angle. Mary had the power, through her honesty of her own disappointments and heartbreak, to force me to analyze my former marriage on a different level. It was a bittersweet feeling; I felt more closure than I had before. I allowed myself to cry; it felt good, and I felt understood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TCinDC on January 18, 2011
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When I bought Mary Tabor's, (Re)Making Love: A Sex After Sixty Story, I had certain expectations about the book, and I was not disappointed. But I got more -- much more -- than I expected. I discovered that this memoir had a punch to it and transcended its own subject. It has subtle levels of complexity that I'm still discovering as I reread it.

There's no doubt that this is indeed the story of a woman in her sixties suddenly cut loose from her moorings, and her sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, road to finding love and herself again. The book is interspersed with literary references and some unlikely things (hint: has to do with cooking). It's also richly entertaining. Mary tells her story courageously and with breathtaking candor, and a surface reading of the book will be very enjoyable and rewarding.

But a deeper reading of the book -- beyond the plot -- will yield more, where you will discover themes and insights that Mary did not always consciously intend to reveal. This, though, is the stuff of great literature and writing, where the greatest insights are often gleaned and discerned by the reader who dares to plumb the psyche of the writer. It is through this that we internalize her experiences, recognizing and discovering ourselves, not just for how we have responded to life's crises, but how we might. There are cautionary tales here (e.g., Internet dating) that may just influence some readers on how not to react in a crisis.

Daisy Hickman, of the SunnyRoomStudio blog, interviewed Mary last October and characterized (Re)Making Love as a "living memoir." This is not as obvious as it seems. Mary began her book as a blog, writing about events as they unfurled and whirled.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Converse Willkomm on August 9, 2010
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I reviewed this book last Spring. It aired on [...], and I am sharing it again with you because this is a book that deserves to be read!

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I'm still not sure how I feel about the whole electronic book phenomenon (which is likely here to stay), but I cannot think of a better book to have begun my e-book journey with than Mary Tabor's new, soon-to-be-released, book by 3ones, Inc., (Re) Making Love: A Sex After Sixty Story. This book began as a blog - yes it did! This will be Mary Tabor's second book, her first, The Woman Who Never Cooked, is an award-winning collection of linked short stories.

(Re) Making Love: A Sex After Sixty Story is a memoir about loss and love, as well as a journey for both Mary and her husband "D" as they try to maneuver through the muddiness of a separation. It is at times laugh-out-loud hysterical. At other times, it is sad and speaks of desperation. Above all, it is honest and so incredibly intimate, which makes it feels funny to call her Mary Tabor, Ms. Tabor, or even the author. Any of those sound too formal because I feel as if I have sat with Mary in the "chef's kitchen" she so often references, strolled the streets of Paris along side her, cried with her over the inability to cram a lifetime of memories into a storage-lacking flat, or pondered right along with her about unfulfilled desire.

Mary writes in free flowing beautiful prose. She tells her story in a non-linear fashion, dropping in bits and pieces of the real world, literature, including a little T.S. Eliot, a few favorite recipes, occasional links, some photographs, and a number of references to her beloved Rom-Coms (romantic comedies).
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