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A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance
by Jane Juska

Published: 2003-05-06
Hardcover : 288 pages
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“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous—someone who nowadays might be called “easy.” It’s a surprising way for a cultured English teacher with a passion for the novels of Anthony Trollope to describe herself, but then ...
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(“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous—someone who nowadays might be called “easy.” It’s a surprising way for a cultured English teacher with a passion for the novels of Anthony Trollope to describe herself, but then that’s just the first of many surprises to be found in this poignant, funny, utterly unique memoir. Jane Juska is a smart, energetic divorcée who decided she’d been celibate too long, and placed the following personal ad in her favorite newspaper, The New York Review of Books:

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.

This closing reference was a nod to her favorite author, of course. The response was overwhelming, and Juska took a sabbatical from teaching to meet some of the men who had replied. And since her ad made it clear that she wasn’t expecting just hand-holding, her dates zipped from first base to home plate in record time.

Juska is a totally engaging, perceptive writer, funny and frank about her exploits. It’s high time someone revealed the fact that older single people are as eager for sex and intimacy as their younger counterparts. Jane Juska’s brave, honest memoir will probably raise eyebrows and blood pressure, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the very large audience of grown-up readers who will be fascinated and inspired by her daring adventure.

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  "A round-heeled woman"by cyndib (see profile) 08/03/10

For a memoir, the writing had brief moments of intellectual brilliance; but for the most part the writing within the book did not live up to its potential. I admire Ms Juska's idea of taking charge of... (read more)

 
  "was a disappointment"by lacy (see profile) 05/17/07

Not well written & accounts of her adventures with men not as exciting as I had hoped.

 
  "A big disappointment - mostly a "play-by-play" account of her sexual exploits with men who answered her ad."by gabrielle (see profile) 05/17/07

The book has some good moments, when the author is not dwelling on her sexual needs. One chapter relating her experience teaching in San Quentin was interesting and moving. But mostly, we are asked to... (read more)

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