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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061577111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061577116
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mara Altman received her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 2005. A former staff writer at the Village Voice, she has also written for the New York Times and New York. She lives in Brooklyn.


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Mara Altman writes about issues that embarrass her (i.e. chin hair), because she has found that putting shame on the page diffuses the stigma, leaving her with a sense of empowerment and freedom.

Over time, Mara has become progressively fearful of airplane flights, but less concerned with getting fat (in the Spring of 2010, she started to eat bacon). She feels most inspired when walking across bridges and lives the perpetual Catch-22 of not being able to go to sleep without first drinking a glass of water, but then having to get up to pee at 3 a.m. She reminds herself that things could always be worse. Then she's stuck thinking about all the bad things that could happen. And then she can't get back to sleep.

Mara has published two best-selling Kindle Singles. Thanks for Coming, her first book, which follows her on an adventure to find her orgasm, was translated into three languages - German, Spanish and Portuguese. The book was also optioned by HBO. Before going freelance, she worked at daily newspapers both in India and Thailand and was a staff writer for the Village Voice. She is currently dabbling in stand-up comedy. You can see a recent set here: http://bit.ly/11t3y11

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It is smart, insightful and laugh out loud funny.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Opper on August 19, 2012
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I absolutely loved this book! Full disclosure: I'm a man. I was browsing the Kindle Store and happened upon a book about a woman's search for an orgasm. Don't ask what I was searching for. Okay, the subject matter piqued my interest. What could go wrong with a book about a woman searching for an orgasm? Plenty, actually. It could be boring, like she was shopping for the perfect pair of pumps (shoes, that is). She could blame all her frustrations on men. She could be a lousy writer. What I found was an incredibly engaging, almost painfully honest, hilarious, insightful book about human relations - physical and otherwise. Two pages into it, I was already hooked. I also thought: funny, insightful, neurotic as hell, liberal, guilt ridden, self-effacing - she's gotta be Jewish! Her humor lured me in, but her insights are what really set the hook. I couldn't put it down. I was amazed at her courage; her journey bordered on the dangerous, and she was often on the wrong side of the border. But she pulled through, with me slavishly following her through each of her incredible adventures. It was a great trip, a great read. In the end, I understood her, women, and myself just a little bit better. And isn't that the most you could possibly hope for in a book?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on May 4, 2009
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Seriously. Every female would have their life changed by reading this book. And men would finally lean something about women if they gave this book a shot. This is not a sleezy sex book. This is a journey toward discovering ones one self that all of us could only dream of having the guts to go on. Fortunately for us, we can learn a lot from Mara's incrediably brave journey. And it not all self-reflection and sex education. This book is damn funny and highly addicting. I could not put this book down. I think my boyfriend started to get worried.
Do the world a favor everyone, read this book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peekay on January 27, 2014
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Cruel honesty and a ton of humor, it takes a smart author to compose such an enjoyable account of an uncommon search. I really enjoyed this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HollyMartins on April 16, 2009
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Often hilariously funny but with a lot of very serious and thoughtful points to make, this is not a "sex book," but I can safely say it's the best book about sex I've ever read. It's about much more than that, too, though - self-image and self-consciousness, relationships, intimacy, expectations, and just plain compelling stories. Altman has a terrific voice and is a brave writer - she doesn't shy away from anything - and the result is a really great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Jarrett on May 9, 2014
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I was laughing out loud on the subway reading this book. Loved every second and can't wait to read another book by Mara.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Bower on March 22, 2014
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Amusing romp through author's search for the elusive. Somewhat immature, predicable. Entertaining. Author clearly researched subject and had a wealth of personal experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaleigh on January 17, 2014
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I laughed so much my husband kept asking me what was so funny. Totally enjoyable reading with touching and humorous anecdotes about the young female experience... it brought back so many memories, good and embarrassing! I highly recommend this to others no matter your age (young adult and beyond), orientation or sex.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Keller on July 5, 2009
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In this era of "Girls Gone Wild," there's the expectation that women are supposed to be coming every minute. In reality most women have trouble orgasming with men, and many more have to "learn" to have an orgasm, like Altman. I'm surprised this topic hasn't been tackled before. Altman is brutally funny and she doesn't overwrite.
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