Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Lifeby Erica Jong
Erica Jong's memoir-a national bestseller-was probably the most wildly reviewed book of 2006. Critics called it everything from "brutally funny," "risqu? and wonderfully unrepentant," and "rowdy, self-deprecating, and endearing" to "a car wreck."* Throughout her book tour, Jong was unflappably funny, and responded to her critics with a hilarious essay on NPR's
Erica Jong's memoir-a national bestseller-was probably the most wildly reviewed book of 2006. Critics called it everything from "brutally funny," "risqu? and wonderfully unrepentant," and "rowdy, self-deprecating, and endearing" to "a car wreck."* Throughout her book tour, Jong was unflappably funny, and responded to her critics with a hilarious essay on NPR's All Things Considered, which is included in this paperback edition. In addition to prominent review and feature coverage, Jong was a guest on Today and Real Time with Bill Maher. Even Rush Limbaugh flirted with Jong on his radio program: "I think she wants me. I think she's fantasizing about me." Love her, hate her, Jong still knows how to seduce the country and, most important, keep the pages turning.
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Meet the Author
Erica Jong is the author of nineteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide. Her most recent essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, and she is a frequent guest on television talk shows. Currently working on a novel featuring Isadora Wing—the heroine of Fear of Flying—as a woman of a certain age, Erica and her lawyer husband live in New York City and Connecticut. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also an author.
Erica Jong left a Ph.D. program at Columbia to write her ground-breaking novel Fear of Flying, published in 1973. Jong is the author of numerous award-winning books of poetry and novels including Fanny, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Any Woman’s Blues, and the forthcoming Sappho’s Leap. She is also the author of the memoir Fear of Fifty. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.
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I thank Miss Jong for sharing her life with the public. God bless her. It takes one to be one to know one. The first day I became a writer, I started to understand the twilight zone of being that one. This is a good book showing the symbolic path that almost every one of us has to go through. All of her 20 books have touched a million human hearts and this book 'Seducing the Demon' had touched a million and one which is mine.
I picked up this book after hearing Ms. Jong interviewed on NPR and was intrigued. I also picked up Fear of Flying (having never read it) and Fear of Fifty (as the age is breathing down my neck). I read the three books within a week. As I read Seducing the Demons, I could not help thinking, 'didn't I just read this?' This book is good on it's own, but it seems to be a more concise and updated version of Fear of Fifty. Even the 'advise' to writers did not seem much different than her musing on writing in Fear of Fifty. All three books made for fascinating reading, but my money, Fear of Fifty was the meatier.
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Writers write and all others make excuses is the old maxim and that is what Erica Jong has discovered in her life as a writer. She always knew she was a writer but did not know how to venture to the other side. She would fantasize with her favorite authors, she would meticulously keep notes of wisdom from great writers. Then she finally wrote a book about a woman writer who was afraid of writing and it became an all time best seller in Fear in Flying. In Seducing the Demon: Writing for my Life by Erica Jong, Jong does a marvelous job of expressing her inner thoughts and exposing the vulnerability that makes her writing so enjoyable. You sense you are somehow captured in the intimacy of her brain. This book is more than merely understanding the writer¿s life but it allows anyone to realize that they hold the key to unlocking the path to discovering and living their dreams.