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Mara Altman received her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 2005. A former staff writer at the Village Voice, she has also written for the New York Times and New York. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061577111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061577116
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely loved this book! Full disclosure: I'm a man. I was browsing the Kindle Store and happened upon a book about a woman's search for an orgasm. Don't ask what I was searching for. Okay, the subject matter piqued my interest. What could go wrong with a book about a woman searching for an orgasm? Plenty, actually. It could be boring, like she was shopping for the perfect pair of pumps (shoes, that is). She could blame all her frustrations on men. She could be a lousy writer. What I found was an incredibly engaging, almost painfully honest, hilarious, insightful book about human relations - physical and otherwise. Two pages into it, I was already hooked. I also thought: funny, insightful, neurotic as hell, liberal, guilt ridden, self-effacing - she's gotta be Jewish! Her humor lured me in, but her insights are what really set the hook. I couldn't put it down. I was amazed at her courage; her journey bordered on the dangerous, and she was often on the wrong side of the border. But she pulled through, with me slavishly following her through each of her incredible adventures. It was a great trip, a great read. In the end, I understood her, women, and myself just a little bit better. And isn't that the most you could possibly hope for in a book?
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By TinkerG on January 17, 2014
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I laughed so much my husband kept asking me what was so funny. Totally enjoyable reading with touching and humorous anecdotes about the young female experience... it brought back so many memories, good and embarrassing! I highly recommend this to others no matter your age (young adult and beyond), orientation or sex.
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Seriously. Every female would have their life changed by reading this book. And men would finally lean something about women if they gave this book a shot. This is not a sleezy sex book. This is a journey toward discovering ones one self that all of us could only dream of having the guts to go on. Fortunately for us, we can learn a lot from Mara's incrediably brave journey. And it not all self-reflection and sex education. This book is damn funny and highly addicting. I could not put this book down. I think my boyfriend started to get worried.
Do the world a favor everyone, read this book!!!
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I wish there was a lower rating possible! This book is neither funny nor interesting. It is a blatantly self serving attempt to write a book...any book! Her "humor" is nothing more than listing as many slang terms for the female genitalia as she can. The book is tedious, predictable, and annoying. A squeamish woman who has huge huge trust issues solves her entire "problem" the first time she talks to her grandparents. They advise her that good sex relies on experimentation in a trusting, loving relationship. Bam! She doesn't like that answer so the reader must also trudge through numerous other dumb ideas until she arrives back at...experimentation in a trusting, loving relationship. Spare yourself wasted money and far too many pages of self serving blather. I just wish I had been able to wade through it sooner so I could still return it.
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By Peekay on January 27, 2014
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Cruel honesty and a ton of humor, it takes a smart author to compose such an enjoyable account of an uncommon search. I really enjoyed this book.
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I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for more of a memoir, a story that I could relate to. This was not that. The author went to all these doctors and sex experts trying to find an orgasm like it was a set of keys she had misplaced. It lacked the ability to connect to the reader. I felt like I was reading research for an article, rather than a personal journey.
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By BlueTurtle on February 13, 2013
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This book won't be listed among the world's great works of literature. Still, I found it an entertaining read. It's a good effort by Altman to take a look at a subject not much openly discussed. Inviting the world in to come along on her search for orgasm couldn't have been easy but she did it with self depreciating style. It's one person's quest and she invited everyone along for the ride. The best part, from my perspective, was reading about all the different viewpoints on female orgasm. If you're looking for War and Peace, don't bother. If you're looking for a fun read on an interesting topic you could do worse. I'm glad I read it. Just for the record, I'm male.
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Often hilariously funny but with a lot of very serious and thoughtful points to make, this is not a "sex book," but I can safely say it's the best book about sex I've ever read. It's about much more than that, too, though - self-image and self-consciousness, relationships, intimacy, expectations, and just plain compelling stories. Altman has a terrific voice and is a brave writer - she doesn't shy away from anything - and the result is a really great read.
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