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The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wedded Wives: 27 Women Writers on Love, Infidelity, Sex Roles, Race, Kids, and More Paperback – June 9, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1930722637 ISBN-10: 193072263X

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (June 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193072263X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930722637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephens, editor of the Wild Women books, gathers tales of married and single life from women writers of varied romantic backgrounds: still married, twice married, and divorced. The writers address subjects ranging from infidelity, infertility to cross-cultural marriage. With titles such as "Eight Sizzling Sex Secrets to Keep Your Marriage Strong," "My Marriage Is a Joke" and "Another Traditional Arab-Jewish Iowa Potluck," a light sense of humor steers the collection away from being too macabre. A few authors choose to write anonymously, which works to allow literary freedom, but also suggests a shameful tone in a volume that promises a "no-holds-barred" narrative of married life. Cleverly written, the essays put a spin on the typical women's magazine topics and connect the individual stories to universal marital problems, appealing to every married or committed woman.
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The essayists' writing styles vary as much as their tales of "wedded" life, this book is a patwork delight. -- Fore Word

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liam S. Ball on August 15, 2006
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Ouch! Suicide! Infidelity! Monogamy? Bereavement... These are some of the issues touched upon by the voices of women in this no holds-barred anthology. I'm a guy, but I've been struggling with a non-monogamous relationship, and have taken some comfort in the un-censored stories of real-life relationships described by some of the authors. It's pretty cool to hear confessions of infidelity from a woman's point of view. The material presented is a welcome anti-dote to the innumerable myths about how "normal" relationships are supposed to be. I really like the diversity of point of view in this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By All Too Soon on September 19, 2006
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That's how this book starts. From that sentence forward, you will sit glued to your seat reading - mezmerized, shocked, enthralled - unable to tear yourself away. You will be haunted by the women and their stories. Short bios of the writers are included in the back of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Okumura on September 15, 2008
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having just celebrated my first wedding anniversary, i am just beginning to realize how life changing marriage really is. this book helped me understand that the issues that i am having aren't weird, but have happened to other people and everyone deals with them in their own ways. :) after all of these stories, i don't feel like there is something seriously wrong with me or my marriage. it's just things that happen... and the way you face them makes you who you are. this is an excellent book that i recommend for anyone married or thinking of getting married. it really opened my eyes.
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By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2014
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Interesting combination of stories: some shocking some comforting, definitely an eye opener. Helps one to regroup and gives food for thought when faced with marital challenges
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By Urszula Rapacka on November 28, 2012
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This collection of stories couldn't have arrived at a better time. I've been doing a lot of thinking about modern social conventions and narcissistic masks, about how much we hide from other people, how much we reveal, and how much we simply make up to seem better adjusted, more successful, or perhaps a little more interesting. This book allowed me to take a good look at some very intimate, very rarely shared secrets. Not your typical conversation-starters over the dinner table. I admire and respect all the authors who dared tell the truth about their relationships, the real stories from behind closed doors. Somehow, there is nothing shocking there, only deeply human, universally recognisable things. Hope. Fear. Disillusionment. Trust. Affection. Anger.
A great book.
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