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Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life Paperback – January 30, 2007
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Gail Sheehy is the world-renowned author of seventeen books, most notably the New York Times best-seller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books by the Library of Congress and which has been translated into twenty-eight languages.
Her latest book, DARING: My Passages, is a memoir available now for preorder; September 2014 from HarperCollins.
As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and international leaders.
Sheehy is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism. Among her other bestsellers are Sex and the Seasoned Woman; Hillary's Choice; New Passages; Understanding Men's Passages; and Passages in Caregiving.
A popular lecturer, she is represented by American Program Bureau (617-614-1607).
She currently resides in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
One review notes that 'Young men don't want older women. That is a fallacy,' which itself is a fallacy. He may speak for himself but he doesnt speak for ALL men.But the author never says 'all' anything. And yes some younger men do like and love women who are older and the author is careful to give excellent examples.
And I especially appreciated her Chapter 15 Sex and the Seasoned Marriage. I was married for thirty eight years to a great man and loved reading page 175 where she lists her four pillars of what seem to hold up long and solid marriages. This is part of what I liked about the book. Same with her Chapter 23 titled Love Tested by Fire, since my husband was hit by a drunk driver and later died.
The author also seems to grasp the European mindset when it comes to love, sex, passion and that we are all different with different needs and wants, and that total honesty with oneself is where one needs to start if they have any chance at a successful union with someone else.
Sure there are some things I disagreed with in reading the book, but I cannot think of any author whom I have agreed with totally. But I do believe that for the educated, well traveled woman or the woman who wants to make some positive changes in her life after age fifty, that the book can be useful as well as fun.
Gail Sheehy's newest book "Sex and the Seasoned Woman" is truly a must-read for all women over 45. It covers sex and aging for those women who wish to live passionate lives. It is not for those women who are content to live their lives slogging on, simply surviving from day to day. It is for those of us who want more.
One of the great revelations of this book (for me) is that sex can continue well into the mature years. The author discusses approaches (including medical and scientific) women can now avail themselves of to keep themselves healthy and capable of sexual activity.
One thing I didn't realize is that "use it or lose it" applies to vaginal health. If you do not repeatedly ensure blood flow to the vagina, it will atrophy, and thus be less capable of functioning...the book goes into this in detail (which I won't do here). But I think that this is something every woman should study.
Certain women may have reservations about buying this book, thinking it to be a book about promiscuity. It is not. It covers faithful marital sex---all types of sex---so that it will apply to you no matter what your lifestyle. However, the one constant is that in order to enjoy it, you will need to want to be vital, sensual, alive, passionate, and active in order to find this book interesting.
The book covers the different passages women go through in their pre-50's, and each decade thereafter until they pass 100. It covers sex in the Bible Belt, including the phenomenon of Passion Parties in the small rural towns of the south---apparently there are women in all sociological groups who wish to have good sexual relationships with their mates.Read more ›
Often these women connect with younger men, though usually only for a period of months - regardless, the women find the experience permanently enhances their self-esteem and is liberating.
Certainly beats growing old without the pleasures of the flesh!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, people have sex when they are old. Great. Now we know. Very similar to the old book "Having It All" (Helen Gurley Brown for the next generation). Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Thurman
Educational for a guy that has never been a "seasoned woman". I look forward to the lab work, if ever.Published 13 months ago by Jack G. Nichols
This book is insightful for both sexes and should be mandatory reading for any relationship-its a game changerPublished 16 months ago by David Fiebelkorn
Loved this book. Read it between Seasoned Romance, Books 1 and 2, and it fit perfectly sandwiched beteen. So much to learn, so fun to practice!Published 19 months ago by Prairie Rose
I had so much fun reading this book. Gail Sheehy writes eloquently, yet humorously, about how to pursue a passionate life when this culture seems ready to put most of us over 50... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lydia Olaguibel
Check all the reviews on amazon. Borrow it from the library. You need this book. Trust me I'm 70 and my life is changing.You're never to old to learn.Published 24 months ago by S. Stuart
I love this book because it helped me to see that I am not alone in this world of the seasoned woman and helped me to realize that llife goes on and should be lived fully,... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Maryann
So why did I as a man read this, because I wanted to learn more about older women from a woman whose former
works I had read and trusted. Sheehy is very thorough. RHN