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It's My Pleasure: A Revolutionary Plan to Free Yourself from Guilt and Create the Life You Want Hardcover – April 19, 2005
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Also, when you are from said family, it is really easy to make suggestions about how to obtain that freedom if money was no object. Maria's trip to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland or Maya's summer in Paris as catalyst to their changes in life and thinking is a little unobtainable for us common folk. I mean it wouldn't take me being in the middle of nowhere in Iceland to come to the conclusion that country living may work for me. I thought if I read anymore about how Maya is so happy to be able make a living as a writer and do nothing but sit in her pajamas and write at will that I would throw the book across the room.
In a nutshell, it's real easy to be "revolutionary" when money isn't an issue.
~ Jim Harrison from The Beast God Forgot to Invent
I do not welcome this public forum for discussion of private matters, yet the publication of this book, with its very public airing of, one might even say exploitation of, a very private matter indeed, leaves me little choice. After all, being the middle class working person that I am, it's not likely I'll receive a "low six figure" advance from a publisher to tell my side of the story anytime soon. So, in the spirit of honesty and in giving voice to the voiceless, I, referred to so crassly as "Bio Dad" in this book, offer the following comments.
To The Potential Reader of this book - beware. What you will read within its pages are the self-important musings of a very privileged woman who has, from sheer vanity and insecurity, denied her own daughter the right of knowing her real father and paternal grandparents. What value you might find in this work should be tempered by the fact that this book is not about imparting wisdom to others (as it & the publisher profess) but about justifying choices and actions taken by the author over the course of a life lived in denial and deception.
To Maria - Shame on you for producing this shallow, self-justifying, self-absorbed treatise. And further shame on you for involving Maya in this miserable enterprise. I'm sure that selling panties emblazoned with "Pleasure Revolutionary" (once offered for sale on the now-defunct site [...]) is likely to further her career as a serious writer.
I am obviously not your common unknown reader who comes to this book with hopes of gleaning something positive from the experience of reading it. Rather, I am someone about whom you write in these pages, someone whom you misrepresent and whom you've been misrepresenting to Maya for 23 years and counting. Consequently, my experience of reading this pastiche of distortion, half-truths, and sanctimonious posturing has been exceedingly painful.
It's strange that Maria Rodale is such an ardent proponent of romance novels, of stories with happy endings. She had a chance to live one but chose instead the expediencies of class over the integrity of two people, flawed though they might be, struggling honestly to do the right thing for their child.
(originally penned May of 2005)
It is a collection of pointless self-focused memoirs, out-sourced interviews and slapped together "Do-it!" list, which I assume were to justify the whole "Revolutionary Plan" marketing pitch.
It was so poorly written I want to cry.
I assumed while reading this book that it must have been published by Rodale and was shock to find no nepotism involved. It makes me very sad for the state of the publishing industry.
As far as I can tell, it's a justification for reading romance novels, since this was mentioned at least once in every chapter.
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This book is all about women and pleasure, and why we feel so guilty when we think about experiencing or actually experience pleasure.Read more
Using their own experiences, Maria and Maya guide the reader to find her/his own path to pleasure.