- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; New title edition (April 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743270819
- ISBN-13: 978-0743270816
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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In this unconventional dual-memoir/self-help book, Maria Rodale, the vice-chairman of Rodale Inc., and her daughter Maya tell women how they focus on their own pleasure, from spending time alone to the use of a vibrator (which college-age Maya prefers to the boys she knows). Maria's and Maya's stories make for a compelling and honest pair of case studies that illuminate the different experiences of the two generations; in a discussion of following one's heart, Maria details how she reshaped Rodale, while Maya shares her decision to transfer from a small Connecticut college to bustling New York University in the wake of 9/11. How readers can translate these inspiring examples into their own lives is less clear. The advice included is simple; for example, sleeping naked, dining alone in a restaurant. The 30 short chapters also include profiles of "Pleasure Revolutionaries," women through history (from Mary Magdalene to Madonna) who the Rodales say demonstrate that pleasure-seeking "is an ancient, sacred path." Profiles based on interviews with contemporary women, such as romance writer Julia Quinn, are stronger than the minibios of historical figures. Emphasis on their strong beliefs in the power of ancient goddess worship and romance novels won't resonate with everyone, but their vivid personal stories could inspire many readers to seek their own pleasure. (May 3)
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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. It is different from other books because of its authors, Maria and Maya Rodale, of Rodale Press fame. The mother and daughter perspective was especially intriguing to me. Both women share their experiences along their journey to find out who they are as individuals, and as self-defined "pleasure revolutionaries". They interweave the book with fun exercises, stories of famous "pleasure revolutionaries", historical details, and much more.
The book brings in many unconventional ideas, such as reading romance novels, exploring non-traditional religions, traveling alone, and the like. While I would not necessarily follow the paths these two women did in any particular area, I felt like the book gave me permission to venture out and try some things I would not ordinarily try. I have to admit that after all of their positive experiences with romance novels, I am considering even giving them a try, too.
One reviewer said there was not a lot of substance to this book, and I really disagree. It is full of resources for exploring "pleasure" in your own life (including Internet sites, lists, books, etc.), and a great guide. It is entertaining and fun to boot. It's the type of book that would be interesting for girlfriends to read (I'm loaning my copy to my best friend) or even better, for a woman's book club!
One caveat: If you are pretty straight-laced, you might find some things too adventurous here---like some of the erotic Internet sites or discussions of sexual toys, etc.---I did not find anything offensive however---all was in good taste. I'm the type of person who feels comfortable taking what fits and not worrying about the rest...if you're not that way, this might not be the best choice for you...if you are, read and enjoy!!
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.
The book is divided into chapters that consist of autobiographical anecdotes, how to "do it" for yourself lists, and brief sections detailing historical and modern women's lives through stories and interviews. It is inspiring to read and shows you how to live this way not through detailed psychological therapy, but through gentle suggestions and concrete examples and pointers. Some of the women mentioned in the book are Nora Roberts, Nancy Drew, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Madonna. This book does not present the ordinary. It regards romance novels as a doorway into the collective consciousness of women and their awareness of what love means and is capable of for our world and everyday lives.
This book is going on my shelf of "books that changed my life," right between Carolyn See's novel "The Handyman," and Diane Ackerman's "A Natural History of the Senses." It is a book that no woman today should be without.
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