Behind the bedroom door : getting it, giving it, loving it, missing it

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We may not admit it, but we're all curious about what goes on in other people's bedrooms. After all, we live in a world saturated with sex, which makes it tough not to wonder how we measure up--and even tougher to talk about our intimate experiences honestly. In this frank, poignant collection, twenty-six acclaimed writers go Behind the Bedroom Door and lay bare the messy, mind-blowing, often hilarious encounters that make up a woman's history.

By sharing their stories, authors like Susan Cheever, Hope Edelman, and Julie Powell bravely open a window on the passions, predilections and problems that we encounter between the sheets. In doing so, they reassure us that whatever we feel, whatever we do or don't do in the bedroom, we're not alone.

Telling the truth about sex--how we like it, how often we get it, how it affects us--isn't easy. This eye-opening anthology tells the truth about women's intimate lives, shattering some deeply entrenched myths about what goes on in the bedrooms of real women along the way: Susan Cheever upends conventional notions about women, sex, and sentiment in her essay "In Praise of One-Night Stands."… Sex is the last thing on Lauren Slater's mind when the bestselling author and psychologist reveals a few surprising truths, even joys, about her virtually sexless marriage in "Overcome."… Julie Powell serves up a searing chronicle of an illicit affair in "Lost in Space"; and novelist Valerie Frankel takes a decidedly lighter view in "Ouch, You're Lying on My Hair."

Whether you're twenty or seventy, single or perpetually coupled up, these frank, seriously sexy essays provide a deeply illuminating, ultimately comforting no-holds-barred look at our most private selves. Gutsy and provocative, they reveal a great deal about how far we've come--and how far we still have to go.
Introduction: Reflections from a late bloomer
In praise of one-night stands / Susan Cheever
Tomcats in love / Cheryl Strayed
Turn me on, turn me off / Bella Pollen
Overcome / Lauren Slater
Ouch, you're lying on my hair! / Valerie Frankel
Turning the other cheek / Deanna Kizis
Pregnant pause / Pari Chang
Under the influence / Anna Marrian
The sweetest sex I never had / Hope Edelman
Sexercise / Abby Sher
Look both ways before crossing / Meredith Maran
Lost in space / Julie Powell
Out of reach / Martha Southgate
Toys in the bedroom / Suzanne Paola
The overnight / Susanna Sonnenberg
Confessions of a former sex geek / Abiola Abrams
Mommy lust / Lori Gottlieb
Looking for Mr. Snickers / Jenny Lee
Procreational sex / Brett Paesel
Do not enter / Betsy Stephens
My not-so-kinky sex life / MP Dunleavey
Fantasy man / Susan Shapiro
Kiss poker / Stephanie Dolgoff
The great pretender / Jane Juska
In the beginning / Ali Liebegott
Sex with a (much) younger man / Elizabeth Cohen.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Derrow has selected essays that explore the wealth and variety of female sexual experience, making for a gender-transcending tale of sex lives that manages to be philosophical, poignant-and a great bit of naughty fun. From Hope Edelman's essay on her first love, who helped her cope with her mother's struggle with breast cancer, in "The Sweetest Sex I Never Had," to Lauren Slater's joyful paean to married celibacy, Julie Powell's frank recollection of cheating on her husband with a man who fulfills her masochistic fantasies, these stories are private and fraught, frank and self-aware. The women represented are old and young; lesbian, bisexual and straight. They draw attention to the special way sex evolves for women (as in Pari Chang's essay on sex during pregnancy); their experience is so varied that it is likely readers will recognize their own untold stories and sexual selves in this collection. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Man-woman relationships -- Anecdotes.
Sex -- Anecdotes.
Sex customs -- Anecdotes.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2009
Contributors Derrow, Paula.
Language English
Description xii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780385341547 (hardcover)
0385341547 (hardcover)
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