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Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex (2011)

by Erica Jong (Editor)

Other authors: Karen Abbott (Contributor), Elisa Albert (Contributor), J. A. K. Andres (Contributor), Susie Bright (Contributor), Susan Cheever (Contributor)24 more, Gail Collins (Contributor), Rosemary Daniell (Contributor), Eve Ensler (Contributor), Erica Jong (Contributor), Molly Jong-Fast (Contributor), Susan Kinsolving (Contributor), Julie Klam (Contributor), Jean Hanff Korelitz (Contributor), Min Jin Lee (Contributor), Ariel Levy (Contributor), Margot Magowan (Contributor), Marisa Acocella Marchetto (Contributor), Daphne Merkin (Contributor), Honor Moore (Contributor), Meghan O'Rourke (Contributor), Anne Roiphe (Contributor), Linda Gray Sexton (Contributor), Liz Smith (Contributor), Jann Turner (Contributor), Barbara Victor (Contributor), Rebecca Walker (Contributor), Jennifer Weiner (Contributor), Fay Weldon (Contributor), Jessica Winter (Contributor)

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I got a very strong sense that this book had no real idea what it wanted to be, Some of the pieces were about the writers' best and worst sexual experiences, some were examined writing about sex as a woman, some were coming-of-age stories. It's as if Jong gave out a multiple-choice assignment on the essays (and some are actually short fiction) and then didn't arrange it in any particular order. The pieces feel rushed, too, and very underedited. Which is too bad -- the concept was promising, and I like a lot of the writers.

Standouts were J.A.K. Andres on her six-year-old daughter's new-found relationship with her vagina, a thoughtful essay by Min Jin Lee about writing sex as an Asian woman, and a really excellent piece by Meghan O'Rourke about having to live up to the romance of her parents' marriage. But honestly? That was about it. I'm disappointed. ( )
  lisapeet | Jan 3, 2014 |
Sugar in My Bowl By Erica Jong Collection of essays/short stories written by excellent, top quality women writers. These women range in age by many decades. They write about their sexual experiences that were most meaningful or memorable to them for one reason or another. Some women reach back to their first time, while others regard their spouses, exes, children and parents influence. Each story was like a secret peek inside a womans diary. Easy and enjoyable, just as it should be. ( )
  karenlisa | Sep 12, 2011 |
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Jong, EricaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Albert, ElisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andres, J. A. K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bright, SusieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheever, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collins, GailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daniell, RosemaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ensler, EveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jong, EricaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jong-Fast, MollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kinsolving, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klam, JulieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Korelitz, Jean HanffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Min JinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levy, ArielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Magowan, MargotContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marchetto, Marisa AcocellaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Moore, HonorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Rourke, MeghanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tired of bein' lonely, tired of bein' blue,
I wished I had some good man, to tell my troubles to
Seems like the whole world's wrong, since my man's been gone
I need a little sugar in my bowl,
I need a little hot dog, on my roll,
I can stand a bit of lovin', oh so bad,
I feel so funny, I feel so sad
-"I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl", Bessie Smith,1931
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I need a little sugar in my bowl,
I need a little hot dog, on my roll
I can stand a bit of lovin’, oh so bad,
I feel so funny, I feel so sad
—Bessie Smith

When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer. Susan Cheever talks about the “excruciating hazards of casual sex,” while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having “carnal relations.” In “Everything Must Go,” Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott’s sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women have rejected “free love” in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga. Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, Jong states in her powerful introduction “the truth is—sex is life.”

Contributors

Erica Jong
Karen Abbott
Anne Roiphe
Jessica Winter
Jann Turner
Julie Klam
Susan Kinsolving
Susie Bright
Fay Weldon
Linda Gray Sexton
Elisa Albert
Barbara Victor
Daphne Merkin
Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Min Jin Lee
Honor Moore
Jennifer Weiner
Gail Collins
Liz Smith
Rebecca Walker
Jean Hanff Korelitz
Eve Ensler
Meghan O’Rourke
Rosemary Daniell
J. A. K. Andres
Molly Jong-Fast
Susan Cheever
Ariel Levy
Margot Magowan

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When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer. Susan Cheever talks about the "excruciating hazards of casual sex," while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having "carnal relations." Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott's sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women have rejected "free love" in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga. Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, as Jong states in her powerful introduction: "the truth is--sex is life."--From publisher description.… (more)

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