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A Round-Heeled Woman by Jane Juska

Title: A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance
Author: Jane Juska
Genre: Memoir, sexuality, books, nonfiction
Pages: 272, plus an unnumbered Reader's Guide
Copyright Date: 2003
Cover: Voluptuous red and pink background. In the center, there is a heart with newsprint inside. The newsprint reads: "Before I turn 67 - next March - I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me."
First line: "'Do you think you're a nymphomaniac?' Bill wants to know."
Best part: Oh, it's hard to pick just one... but I love the juiciness of this book.
Worst part: The author sometimes jumps around chronologically when you least want her to.
Grade: A!
Recommended for: Anyone who thinks they're too old.
Related Reads: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, Henry and June by Anais Nin, Aphrodite's Daughters by Jalaja Bonheim

At the tender age of 66, Juska placed a personal ad in the prestigious New York Review of Books. The text is included above, in the cover description. Why? What led up to that point? What was she hoping for, other than the obvious? Obviously, something happened to give her material for this book - but what?

I love the passionate enthusiasm that Juska shares with us. Everything is included - New York City, teaching teenagers, new teachers, and prison inmates, her home, her past. She describes her first encounter with sex after thirty years of celibacy with the same reverent joy she describes seeing a manuscript of her beloved Trollope for the first time in her life. Someone else that loves sex AND books, and wrote a whole book about that love! Delicious. Delightful. So good I felt like crying when I reached the last chapter - I didn't want it to end!
Buy it for an older person you'd describe as a character, or one you think could be if they really gave it a try. Buy it for yourself if you are worried about having a lonely, boring, and passionless old age. Buy two copies and lend one out to friends. It's really just that wonderful. An easy A.
Tags: books 2009, grade a, nonfiction
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