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Ganahl, a 49-year-old San Francisco Chronicle columnist, had almost everything a woman could want: financial stability, a flourishing career, an adoring daughter and the kind of sparkling social life even Dorothy Parker would envy. What she didn't have, though, was a boyfriend—and as she looked down the barrel of middle age, when every man she knew was either married, interested only in (much) younger women or otherwise unacceptable, this one-time male-magnet wondered if anyone would ever look at her lustfully again. Ganahl's writing is sassy, fiery (the prose equivalent of her red hair and love of rock and roll), and many readers will nod in amused sympathy as she recounts her disastrous forays into the world of online dating or laments the difficulty of looking sexy in a sensible heel. But the book isn't all self-deprecating humor. Reeling from the one-two punch of her mother's and sister's deaths and struggling to accept her daughter's increasing independence, Ganahl tackles the bigger issues as well. Ganahl may be occasionally, infuriatingly self-defeating, but more often she's pluck and charm personified. Readers, meanwhile, will enjoy Ganahl's romantic portrayal of her beloved San Francisco—a character as alive and fully developed as any in the book. (Feb.)
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"[Ganahl's] dating escapades are daring and delicious, but also emotionally profound."—ELLE magazine

"Imagine Bridget Jones if she were a 48-year-old, twice-divorced American woman with an adult daughter, three cats and a new gig as a columnist writing about single life for the San Francisco Chronicle. The best part of Naked is Ganahl's sometimes embarrassing candor. Risking ridicule, Ganahl refuses to let men and an age-obsessed culture define her sexuality. And the reader cheers, 'you go, girl!'" —USA Today

"Ganahl is at her best when she embraces the very real and understandable contradictions inherent in being an unmarried, unattached, older woman. 'Who am I kidding? No matter how glorious it is being single - most of the time - I do believe that human beings are genetically programmed to want to pair up. Our quest for bonding makes us do stupid, inappropriate things, alter our standards, backslide on our beliefs.' It takes courage to tell such truths." —LA Times

"Her perspective and insights into the romantic lives of unattached older women are fresh." —Baltimore Sun

"For those wondering what it's like to try to find a life partner as the years grind on, Ganahl provides a lively portrait; fellow wanderers on the road to love should find some solace in knowing that adventure need not wait for the perfect travel companion." —Ladies' Home Journal "Books We Love"

"Ganahl's writing is sassy, fiery (the prose equivalent of her red hair and love of rock and roll), and many readers will nod in amused sympathy as she recounts her disastrous forays into the world of online dating or laments the difficulty of looking sexy in a sensible heel. But the book isn't all self-deprecating humor. Reeling from the one-two punch of her mother's and sister's deaths and struggling to accept her daughter's increasing independence, Ganahl tackles the bigger issues as well. Ganahl may be occasionally, infuriatingly self-defeating, but more often she's pluck and charm personified." —Publishers Weekly

"'Jane Ganahl Unleashed' is the best description of this funny, charming, moving and discreetly gossipy book by the former San Francisco Chronicle columnist. One of the most satisfying aspects of Naked is Ganahl's realization that society has sold her a bill of goods: she has bought into the myth that it's impossible to be happy, self-respecting and fulfilled on her own." —Pacific Sun

"Who tells the honest-to-God truth anymore? Jane Ganahl, thankfully. There's more than humor here, because Ganahl is as smart as she is funny and honest. The result is a poignancy about the flaws and foibles of the human heart that took me by surprise." —Lolly Winston, author of NYT bestselling Happiness Sold Separately

"Jane Ganahl captures what it's all about to be middle-aged and single—with all its ecstatic highs and self-esteem lows. She shows us that life can be rich when you hit 50-with or without a man!" —Candace Bushnell, author of Lipstick Jungle and Sex and the City

"Jane is a smart and snazzy and sophisticated writer with a great deal of emotional and social insight. Not to mention a contagious sense of humor!" —Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale & How Stella Got Her Groove

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,500,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I woke up in the middle of the night and just had to pick up this book and dive in again despite the complaints from my spouse about lights on at 4AM.

Jane Ganahl's writing is refreshingly straightforward. She speaks with humor and clarity about the fears and the joys of being a single woman who has reached midlife with plenty of experiences, accomplishments and relationships to be proud of but who still longs for true romantic love. She doesn't try to downplay the inevitable pain in every life path and yet she always remains hopeful. Every minute of this read was great.

I was left feeling awe over her strong friendships and loving family ties. I hope to have aquired half Jane's wit, grace and panache when my fiftieth rolls around in about 5 years.
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Here's the real deal--a midlife self-discovery story that recounts life in the singles lane with wit, sass, brass, and unflinching honesty. Jane Ganahl writes of the travails of dating, aging, and launching a daughter into the world like a maestra. She is so engaging, so insightful, so funny that you finish the book in one sitting (I swear). A knock-out wonderful read.
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I don't want to finish this book--because I hate to let go of such an engaging, honest, witty voice speaking the truth about being single and searching at the great half-century mark. Reading Jane Ganahl's delightfully funny, insightful, and touching memoir is like having a deep, long talk with a great new friend. Makes me wish I'd still lived in San Francisco when her column was running--I could have used the camaraderie in my own runup to 50! I'm going to buy an extra copy to lend around to my friends: to the complaining marrieds so they'll be reminded what's on the other side of the fence, and to the singles so they won't lose hope that we can still be hip, sexy, and open to love no matter what our age.
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Some parts are humorous, but the encounters are shallow and the main character self absorbed and looking for someone to make her feel better about herself. Not a waste of time, but not a good use of my time either.
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"The real truth about being middle aged, a mother and single. A must read for the dating hopeful."
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By D. Hall on February 27, 2007
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This book is very, very funny and relevant way beyond the experience of being unmarried and "of an age." If you've ever dated, balanced a work life with a social life, raised a child, looked for love, or been part of a family you will love Jane Ganahl's book. She's like the friend you always wanted to have -- smart, funny, understanding, self-deprecating and unflinchingly honest about herself. Wow!
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Jane Ganahl's hilarious, poignant, heartwrenching, insightful, and on-point book is a great reading experience that delivers life lessons with a spoonful of sugar (make that Equal, since body image is such a big part of the midlife experience!). I'm not unmarried and I read it one night, then picked it up and read it again. Highly recommended.
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This book is a wonderful example of how a women can mature into herself while becoming even more beautiful when naked--on the page! This fast paced and revealing romp takes us undercover as Jane reports live from the dating trenches of her midlife adventures and we can't help but root for her as she bravely goes to any lengths to discover what really matters.

p.s., Love the subtitle!
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