Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate

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“Before I turn 67, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.” This inspired personal ad from Jane Juska drew tremendous response and swept the retired teacher into a whirlwind existence she barely recognized as her own. She relayed her fun and frank exploits in the bestseller A Round-Heeled Woman. Now Juska continues her astonishing story in this much anticipated new adventure.

Five years after that fateful ad, Juska has become a friend and confessor for women of all ages who confide in her their ...

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Overview

“Before I turn 67, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.” This inspired personal ad from Jane Juska drew tremendous response and swept the retired teacher into a whirlwind existence she barely recognized as her own. She relayed her fun and frank exploits in the bestseller A Round-Heeled Woman. Now Juska continues her astonishing story in this much anticipated new adventure.

Five years after that fateful ad, Juska has become a friend and confessor for women of all ages who confide in her their poignant, tragic, or blissful stories– unaccompanied women who are alone for now, but ever searching for intimacy. And in spite of Juska’s own success, “unaccompanied” is a description that applies to her as well. She’s still looking for a man to keep her company–not a husband, not even a partner, but simply the perfect lover, once described by Katharine Hepburn as one who “lives nearby and visits often.”

Unaccompanied Women embraces not only Juska’s continuing explorations of Eros (note to fans: her younger lover, Graham, is still on the scene) but also a blossoming literary career that catapults her from San Francisco to New York, London, and Paris. At book signings, earnest men place themselves purposely at the end of the line in order to engage her in private conversations, while women linger to confess their own erotic longings and their experiences with the good, the bad, and even the ugly. All the while, Juska is coping with the unnerving possibility of losing her home, a tiny cottage in Berkeley, California–and so her search broadens and intensifies, not just for love, friendship, and sex but also for enough money to keep a roof over her head.

Jane Juska shares all this richness of living in a poignant and humorous exploration of emotional terrain rarely discussed in our society. This wise and warmhearted book provides vivid evidence that the pursuit of pleasure and lasting relationships is not just for the young, but also for the young at heart.

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Jane Juska's road to literary fame began with her cut-to-the-chase New York Review of Books personal ad: "Before I turn 67 next March, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like." Emboldened by the overwhelming response to her appeal, America's poster-grandmom wrote a memoir (A Round-Heeled Woman) about her experiences, gaining her even more attention. Her Unaccompanied Women brings her story up to date but also shares numerous personal insights from other "unaccompanied women" whom she encountered along her way. A touching, funny, feisty memoir.
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A Round-Heeled Woman is back, still looking for the perfect companion-and a -really nice place to live. With a four-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812973396
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 803,082
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Raised in rural Ohio, Jane Juska moved to California in 1955 and has lived there ever since. She has taught English for more than forty years–in high school, in college, and in prison. With the publication of her first book, A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, Juska became a spokesperson for the romantically active senior set, and she appears frequently before book groups and women’s groups. She has had to get an unlisted phone number.

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