A Round-Heeled Woman — Book Review

Sorry about my lack of updates over the past two days! The weather has taken a turn for the worse & I’ve been holed up in the iCiNG Bowl, devouring books & hot chocolate & listening to the wind whistle around the building.

A Round-Heeled Woman

My most recent read has been A Round-Heeled Woman by Jane Juska. I stumbled upon it in the gender & sexuality section of the library (one of my favourite areas). The cover says, “My Late-Life Adventures in Sex & Romance”. The premise (entirely true) is this: a woman places a classified advertisement in the New York Review of Books, which says Before I turn 67 — next March — I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.

She receives a flood of replies, & then we’re along with her on hideous dates & romping our way through her psychological history. The whole thing is very interesting.

“Once, way back, when I was in my twenties, I sat in the No Name Bar in Sausalito drinking beer on a Saturday afternoon. Out of nowhere, a man neither young nor old passed by our table & said to me, “You’re a beautiful woman.” & he left. No one ever said that to me again, & never, but for that brief moment, would I ever feel it. The men I would know as my life continued might think I was beautiful or a woman or even both, but none of them would ever say it. & so I wasn’t.”

What have you read recently that you would recommend? I am going to make a huge list of books to work my way through this winter.

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