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Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure...and Somehow Got Home in Time To Cook Dinner Hardcover – January 18, 2011
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“I love this book as an adult book-group choice because it addresses so many issues familiar to women in our community's book groups: sex, marriage, motherhood, aging, weight, body image, identity, shame, fear, courage, risk.” ―PublishersWeekly.com / Shelftalker
“The edgy quirkiness of the story, combined with the author's honesty and character-saving ability to laugh at herself, make the book an engaging read...bold and surprisingly moving.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Shameless is enthralling, hilarious and incredibly courageous. A most heady--and sexy combination. Pamela Madsen is the living, breathing embodiment of the power of pleasure to transform one's life.” ―Christiane Northrup, M.D., author or Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
“If you've ever dreamt of becoming a real live sex Goddess Pamela Madsen will show you the way; with grace, integrity and joyful abandon! "Find true pleasure" with this liberating book chock full of adventures from the heart. This is the first of a whole new genre in sex education books.” ―Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., Ecosexual Sexecologist and Artist and author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex
“Shameless sex goddess Pamela Madsen treats us to an astonishing memoir of one woman's journey into her precious inner wildness. This brave suburban wife and mother unveils the secrets of an unbelievably expanded sexuality in which desire becomes a virtue, and sexual greed opens the gates to spiritual ecstasy and orgasmic revelations.” ―Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut and Radical Ecstasy
“Pamela Madsen's new book about healthy sexuality, Shameless, reminds you to tell the truth about yourself, embrace the most challenging topics, surround yourself with supportive friends and family, and celebrate your inner diva.” ―Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)
About the Author
PAMELA MADSEN is the founder of the American Fertility Association and one of the nation's most outspoken fertility and sexuality educators and advocates. She lives in Riverdale, New York
Writing the book with Pamela is ANNE ADAMS, a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York.
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What I thought would be a big riotous adventure with depth of soul (something along the lines of Tales of a female nomad Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World minus the travel aspect) turned out to be the somewhat dull and superficial details of one woman's mid-life crisis. Essentially, an early to mid forties woman is bored and restless so goes on a self proclaimed sexual experimentation adventure. Anyone who's had rich life experiences and adventures of their own will be bored with the telling of this story.
I'm all for empowerment, finding yourself, pushing limits and big adventure; and I have no ethical issues with sexual experimentation. But if you're going to write about it, please make it more interesting, add some depth and lose the detailed minutia.
overall the book felt a bit self-indulgent to me "See, look what I did...I'm cool!". I didn't feel any depth, any inner conflict or turmoil that tends to make up a good "finding yourself" type story. It truly read to me as if it were a high-school girl overly describing an experience to her girlfriends.... "And then I said this...and he did this...(giggle, giggle)...so then we did this other thing..." It felt very juvenile.
Perhaps it's my problem for expecting something humorous and entertaining with a bit more depth of emotion and intellectual stimulation. After all, if you're targeting women in their 30's, 40's, and 50's it's usually a given that you need depth and tension when writing for this audience.Read more ›
Yes, this is a book is a tell all about barely midlife woman getting undressed with her own best self. She starts under a sheet on a massage table in a classic setting. Not big at this point. Half of us have had such a massage. But she moves to where the sheet comes off, risking all to pursue her erotic awaking with sexual healers.
She attends what she terms an erotic rehab clinic one naked touch session at a time with skilled body workers. And does it as a mom and wife, a friend and career lady without cheating on her husband. Nice. Having been cuckolded by a couple ladies myself, very nice.
OK, the book is ghost written with an assist so we have to back off the praise to just Pamela Madsen some and toss a quiet bone to Anne Adams. But the real story is the coming out part and the integrity part and the naked part of this tail. I mean tale. With 39 short chapters it is a quick read, almost like a journal. And, it would be nothing without the soul bearing sex in the city styled lady friend debriefs and fore briefs and maybe even no briefs meetings of her four lady fiends, including her sister. It had to be hard to come out with Down There yet no P in the V encounters knowing your teen sons were soon to read of mom's journey. Hat's and pants off to this brave soul.
My big takeaway is how this book is an honest soul journey most of all. Where Pamela's body comes along and every step. Hesitant for sure; but once enlightened, gushing. Nice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be honest, reading this was like drinking sweet, cool, clear, drenching water after decades of parched desert. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marlene J. Geary
Bold and vulnerable in her sharing,Pamela addresses a much needed area for women.Published 7 months ago by Christie G.
Funny and heartfelt. This book will make you laugh, cringe and think ........ if you can get past your judgments. It even caused me to shed a tear or two.Published 9 months ago by carodox
She is so interesting and so glad she shares her ives with others, witty, and so intelligent. I follow her on FB and I think she is great.Published 9 months ago by Roseline Pouinard
Talk about eye opening..Sometimes a book comes along at the right time with a message that speaks right to you and your situation. For me, this was such a book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ELoRa
Pamela Madsen is hysterical in her raw and real way of talking about how she feels about her body, exploring her sexuality, and her path less traveled so that she learned to open... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bonnie Gayle
Most people would keep the contents of this book locked away so no one would see or judge them. Not Pamela, she tells her story, all of it, in a fun to read book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bonnie