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June 12, 2011

22 Down, 30 To Go - "Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Books with Erica Jong's name in the title always get my attention. I first became enamored of her poetry, then her essays, and finally read her fiction. Her deft combination of prose and politics always impresses me, so I read this book the minute a review copy arrived at my desk.

The contributing author list is impressive, with Jong, Susie Bright, Fay Weldon, Min Jin Lee, Susan Cheever and others sharing essays, short stories, and comics. These pieces honestly and thoughtfully explore sex and its role in our society from a woman's perspective, from its place in youth to the golden years. Usually when I read a collection, I find a couple of contributions that are not good fits, but with Sugar in My Bowl Jong has curated a consistently eye-opening and thoroughly readable volume.

My next book is the novel State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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