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

by Erica Jong

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Got Milk? That was my first thought when I read the title. A mixed bag of essays on women and sex. Less about sex, more about being a woman. My favorite piece was "Prude" by Jean Hanff Korelitz. All Indie writers will relate to this particular essay.

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  NineTiger | Apr 13, 2012 |
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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 |
Got Milk? That was my first thought when I read the title. A mixed bag of essays on women and sex. Less about sex, more about being a woman. My favorite piece was "Prude" by Jean Hanff Korelitz. All Indie writers will relate to this particular essay.

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  NineTiger | Apr 13, 2012 |
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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