Desire: Women Write About Wanting

Desire: Women Write About Wanting

by Lisa Solod Warren
Desire: Women Write About Wanting

Desire: Women Write About Wanting

by Lisa Solod Warren



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A captivating collection of essays, Desire delves headfirst into its subject matter and explores the complexity of desire with essays about the things women want, crave, lust after, and covet. An extraordinary group of writers tackle difficult and taboo subjects, from Debra Magpie Earling’s desire to hurt someone, to New York Times writer S. S. Fair’s less than diminishing sensual and sexual desire, despite her increasing age, to Julia Serano’s strong emotional impulse to be a woman before she decided to transition from male to female.

Many of these essayists examine the feelings and experiences which surround the things they want but can’t—or shouldn’t—have. The reasons such desires are taboo are often personal and range from social conventions and religious teachings to more concrete laws and rules. Desire makes the private public and illuminates the rich and varied desires women have.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580054096
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook
Pages: 280
File size: 437 KB

About the Author

Lisa Solod Warren has been an editor at Boston Magazine and Whittle Communications. She has written for the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Brain, Child, the Roanoke Times and World News. Solod has been awarded a dozen fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has published essays in France, A Love Story and Matzo Balls for Breakfast. She lives in Virginia with her teenaged daughter.

Table of Contents


Still Horny After All These Years
S.S. Fair

Where Sluts Fear to Tread
Rachel Kramer Bussel

The Ketchup-Lid Skirt
Vicki Hendricks

Younger Than Winter
Jane Juska

The Ring
Rosemary Daniell

Make-Up and Mud Puddles
Daphne Gottlieb

Two Cups Orgasm, A Measure of Taboo
Connie Baechler

At Odds
Julia Serano

Women Writing Desire
Ruth Knafo Setton


After the Happily Ever After
Lisa Solod Warren

Desire and Taboo
Seduction by a Saint from Byzantium
Myrna Kostash

Hitting Back
Debra Magpie Earling

Is Time on My Side?
Zoe Fairbairns

Death and the Desire to Live Deliberately
Maggie Bucholt

No Other Medicine But Hope
Myra Goldberg

Desirelessness: The Greatest Desire
Melissa Pritchard


My Desire
Joyce Maynard

Katherine Oxnard

Wanting My Daughter’s Children
Sharon Leiter

Writing My Way Back Home
Erica Jong

The Root of All Evil
Janice Eidus

Neighborhood of Desire
Cathryn Hankla

My Lover, My Home
Jenny Siler
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