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(Re)MAKING LOVE: a sex after sixty story Paperback – July 15, 2011
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Mary's work moved me on every level, from laughing so hard at a coffee shop that people stared, and to silently weeping as her revelations led me to my own. In Chapter 15, Frying Pans, Mary is angry at her husband, D, and spends $1500 on a pair of underwear, stating that there are many ways to hit a man over the head with a frying pan. I lost it when I read it, and busted out in laughter, partly because I wanted relief from the previous chapter that saddened me, and partly because of the pure humor.
In the previous chapter, Mary quotes Nietzsche: "It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." Then she goes through an incident of a crush, and reflection of her own rocky marriage, and declares Nietzsche was right about marriage. It was at this very moment that I started viewing my own failed marriage from a different angle. Mary had the power, through her honesty of her own disappointments and heartbreak, to force me to analyze my former marriage on a different level. It was a bittersweet feeling; I felt more closure than I had before. I allowed myself to cry; it felt good, and I felt understood.Read more ›
There's no doubt that this is indeed the story of a woman in her sixties suddenly cut loose from her moorings, and her sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, road to finding love and herself again. The book is interspersed with literary references and some unlikely things (hint: has to do with cooking). It's also richly entertaining. Mary tells her story courageously and with breathtaking candor, and a surface reading of the book will be very enjoyable and rewarding.
But a deeper reading of the book -- beyond the plot -- will yield more, where you will discover themes and insights that Mary did not always consciously intend to reveal. This, though, is the stuff of great literature and writing, where the greatest insights are often gleaned and discerned by the reader who dares to plumb the psyche of the writer. It is through this that we internalize her experiences, recognizing and discovering ourselves, not just for how we have responded to life's crises, but how we might. There are cautionary tales here (e.g., Internet dating) that may just influence some readers on how not to react in a crisis.
Daisy Hickman, of the SunnyRoomStudio blog, interviewed Mary last October and characterized (Re)Making Love as a "living memoir." This is not as obvious as it seems. Mary began her book as a blog, writing about events as they unfurled and whirled.Read more ›
I count French Kiss, While You Were Sleeping, When Harry Met Sally and Bridget Jones among the ROMcoms I could watch endlesslessly until my end of days. I have no problem with sitting down in front of one with Tabor and a beer. They are not wholly effective in reaching to the true conflicts of life, however. Tabor admits this. To work, a ROMcom has a formula that relies on a character with a jilted or wrong vision of love. In this way, the films mirror the decision that Tabor's husband made to leave her and "live alone." The reality, of course, was more true than that.
Tabor was my teacher for a fiction workshop at The George Washington University, and I had seen her several years after that course, which was incidentally after this book was completed. We went to a Nationals game with a mystery man and Sarah (her young friend in the book). Tabor was so luminous and happy that reading the book afterward was at times a shock. She serves, along with the shock, introspective revelations that, in fact, one needs the shock to reveal. "In destruction lies discovery," she writes. Notice she does not say "recovery." That is part and parcel of something different.
I did think of Joan Didion at least once before Tabor's first mention of her Year of Magical Thinking, a work that is brilliant but it also haunted me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
(Re) Making love is a book that touches your inner soul and has you taking about it long after it's over. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Troja70
A very thin "Fear of Flying" wannabe …..but really awful and irrelevant, pretentious in quoting others because she didn't have a whole lot to say in her own right. Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. Botwick
The "look how literary I am" thing is boring to me, and the wallowing in suffering and using the quotes to show how literature backed it up was just not interesting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by LJ
I have found my new favorite book! Mary L. Tabor's "(Re)Making Love, a sex after sixty story",is a kaleidoscope of writing. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by James
I can honestly say that reading this book was a delight. Mary Tabor is a wonderful, natural writer who's style is really quite beautiful, the book is a memoir that began as a blog... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Ruth Johnston
Tender and inspiring, this eloquent memoir is testimony to faith and forgiveness, abiding love, hope and transformation. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Salt Lake City Reader
I highly recommend Mary Tabor's beautifully written memoir. My life has traveled a different trajectory than hers, but the emotional ups and downs she so eloquently describes ring... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Barbara Moldauer
My first review....very exciting.
Was given this book to read by a friend while I was doing some traveling. Wasn't sure what to make of it but figured I'd take a look. Read more
When your husband tells you after 21 years of marriage that he needs to live alone,where does your life go? Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Louise M Phillips