Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It

Behind the Bedroom Door Getting It Giving It Loving It Missing It 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

  • Title: Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It
  • Author: Paula Derrow
  • ISBN: 9780385341547
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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,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.

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    1. Paula Derrow is a superb editor. The essays in Behind the Bedroom Door are a terrific mix of funny, gasp-inducing, infuriating, heartrending. And yes, shockingly honest. Some of them essays talk about stuff we just don't talk about. I wanted to bitchslap some of the contributors and go out for coffee with others -- but I had strong reactions to almost everything in the collection, which is rare for me. Nothing was pretentious, boring or fake-hot. I think my faves were Hope Edelman on how her rom [...]

    2. I like it--because I edited it. But it's a great, unexpected, sneak peek at what really goes on in the bedrooms of women today.

    3. I just started reading this book last night, ad I started with Hope Edelman's essay. I LOVED it! I can't wait to read more of the collection.

    4. My friend Paula wrote/edited these books and I love the first chapter so fart a smut book but very REAL. Highly recommended!

    5. Sexual memoirsThis has to be one of the most real and vulnerable things I have ever read. It was interesting to hear things from other women's point of views. Most women embellish the truth or just plain don't give it. Personally I loved this collection for its honesty.

    6. I read this book to review for the Feminist Review blog. Once my review runs on the blog, I will post it here.“Daring. Provocative. Unflinchingly honest,” the book jacket proclaims of this anthology subtitled “getting it, giving it, loving it, missing it. “It” is sex, and Behind the Bedroom Door is a collection of essay about sex from twenty-six contemporary women writers.Don’t be confused. While some of these essays are sexy, this writing is neither erotic nor academic. These are pe [...]

    7. “Daring. Provocative. Unflinchingly honest,” the book jacket proclaims of this anthology subtitled “getting it, giving it, loving it, missing it.” It is sex, and Behind the Bedroom Door is a collection of essays about sex from twenty-six contemporary women writers.Don’t be confused. While some of these essays are sexy, this writing is neither erotic nor academic. These are personal essays covering points across the adult female life cycle, the thoughts and feelings of individual women [...]

    8. Just fantastic--I loved pretty much every essay, even the ones that were a little off the wall. The thing about sex is that everyone thinks about it in some way at some point (that's why I love the book's subheading), but rarely do we talk about it honestly. Even in our current "anything goes" society, we're act like 13-year old boys, giggling and tittering and shocked if the subject comes up. I mean, come on--Jersey Shore has a "smush room." This is not how adults (especially adult women) shoul [...]

    9. Behind the Bedroom Door is a very interesting, fast-reading collection of stories about the most personal lives of the women who wrote it. The premise, as presented by its editors, is to stand in for the deeply personal conversations many women are too afraid to have, even with their dearest friends. Some of the stories concern lesbianism, some abuse, some rape, some adultery, and some plain and simple love; all are intimate narratives that affirm women's sexuality.Personally, I love gossip. I l [...]

    10. It seems like I'm giving every book I read lately three stars. I'd give this book five stars for many of the essays inside as well as for its refreshing honesty about sex, a topic that often gets a lot of sugarcoating and exaggeration. But a small number of the essays didn't totally capture my attention. In a few instances, I blended the different stories in my head. Were there similarities that caused a natural overlap? Or did I not read it right? Maybe a little of both. I definitely appreciate [...]

    11. This book has started out really well. It is a quick read and is interesting and provacative and says a lot of what a person might say if totally uncensored and their audience is not going to judge them at all. I'm only a couple of essays in, but I am captivated. If only we could be as candid with our lovers and friends perhaps the world and the bedroom would be a better place. This was a great book and an easy read. It was better than a harlequin because it was real women talking about real sit [...]

    12. This collection of essays by women writers takes a highly personal look at numerous aspects of sexuality -- first experiences, married sex, pregnant sex, wanting more sex, not wanting sex, worrying about whether you want the right amount of sex, one-night stands, new relationships, old relationship, young sex, old sex, sex with women, sex with men, sex across various demographic divides. The writers express themselves openly, often movingly and often with a great deal of humor. While never gratu [...]

    13. Not all of the essays are amazing, but the ones that are amazing blow your scalp back. Like many other reviewers have said, this is not erotica nor is this academic. This is raw and true writing about what it means to come into (or never come into) your sexuality as a woman. At 25, most of the essayists are a decade or more older than me, but their words and experiences don't feel distant. At certain points in this book, I had to set it down, sip my tea and go, "whoa". It's definitely worth the [...]

    14. Not as interesting as I thought it would be. It was worth reading because the hope edelman piece. Out of everything I read, that's probably had the deepest impact. It was only like 10 pages but it just sailed. It really really inspired me, particularly the ending. In the story, the girl falls in love with a bad boy. in high school. Through it her mom kind of knows whats going on, but the girl doesn't realize it. The mom gets cancer, the boy breaks up with her. Hope's conclusion is stunning. she [...]

    15. This is an excellent collection of women's brief memoirs of sexual experiences and feelings, as well as the relationships in which the experiences took place. Although reviewed as a book for women, these chapters can provide considerable insight for men, as the authors are often incredibly open and revealing. Recommended reading for men as well as women.

    16. There were some good stories, but like any book that has many stories from different authors, your bound not to like them all. I understand that some people get into a groove in their marriage where there is a lull in their sex life, but I got tired of reading about those. There was one however that turned that all around.

    17. It's hard to review compilations sometimes. Some essays I liked, some not so much. Some I skimmed. I'll give it 3 stars, but to be honest, I was a little disappointed, but it was better than "okay."

    18. This book was edited by my good friend Paula Derrow. It is full of fearless anecdotes about sex from a well chosen group of women writers. It's a fun quick read, but then you find yourself thinking about it a lot afterwards.

    19. A wonderfully raw, deeply introspective journey shared by women for women. Regardless of where you hail from, what ethnicity, social status or spiritual affiliation, it is about connection shared thoughts. Well done by some of the most talented women of the age.

    20. This was just a fabulous book. So many women, so many different stories, and all with the same emotions bound up in the most intimate of subjects. This is something I'd recommend to every woman I know.

    21. I really loved some of the essays in this book. Such a wide range of people expressed such varied thoughts and experiences that sucked me in to the point that I couldn't put this book down.

    22. The stories in this book were very insightful and gave me a lot to think about and to laugh about. I highly recommend this book.

    23. I hated this book. It was recommended in a parenting magazine and I just don't know why. I didn't finish it but none of the essays I read had any redeeming value to them.

    24. Interesting, although I don't know anybody like the women who wrote these essays. A lot of affairs and one-night stands. Is everyone really doing that? Made me feel very traditional but lucky.

    25. A refreshingly honest, hilarious, heartbreaking and touching look at the very different experiences women have in bed (and in the kitchen, and on the beach, and in a friend's bathroom, and).

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