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Seducing the Demon has introduced Erica Jong to readers who hadn't been born when Fear of Flying was published in 1973. Now one of her finest works of nonfiction -and a New York Times bestseller-is back in print with a new afterword.
In Fear of Fifty, a New York Times bestseller when first published in 1994, Erica Jong looks to the second half of her life and "goes right to the jugular of the women who lived wildly and vicariously through Fear of Flying" (Publishers Weekly), delivering highly entertaining stories and provocative insights on sex, marriage, aging, feminism, and motherhood. "What Jong calls a midlife memoir is a slice of autobiography that ranks in honesty, self-perception and wisdom with [works by] Simone de Beauvoir and Mary McCarthy," wrote the Sunday Times (U.K.). "Although Jong's memoir of a Jewish American princess is wittier than either."
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.92(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 13 Years|
About the 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reaching a milestone like fifty can be earth shattering to many however Erica Jong has been able to open up and share her wit and wisdom marking this half century mark. In Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir by Erica Jong, the writer delves back to her life well lived and attempts to pass along gems of wisdom. One of the most powerful is the chapter entitled ¿Doña Juana Gets Smart, or a Good Girl¿s Guide to Bad Boys.¿ She lays it all out. However as she quotes an Arabic proverb, ¿If you lack Freedom, you cannot give it to others.¿ As in most of her writings Jong gives women to freedom to be sexual and expressive and not be afraid to be honest to themselves. The dozen fallacies women buy, with are followed with an explanation in the book. Here they are simply listed: If he loves me, he¿ll be faithful forever. I need a man to feel whole. If you use your power to support a man, he¿ll always support you. Men love it when you tell the truth about your relationship. Men love women who never oppose them and cater to their every whim. Men want to be knights on white chargers and rescue you. Men hate feminist. Men love babies and all ache to be devoted daddies. Men like lusty women. Men are rational, women irrational. Men hate women who have more money than they do. Men like beautiful women with perfect features and perfect bodies. I believe that these capture the essence of the message that Jong convenes over and over again in her writings. She simply is pushing the envelope for her fellow sisters and wants to empower them to be whatever they want to be. Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir by Erica Jong is a great guide for women to discover their inner being, it is great guide for men to understand what women are thinking inside their very complex brain.
I loved the insight into the fears of turning 50. Erica Jong is such a bright perceptive writer. She shares her own fear, which we identify with. Every woman should read it that is approaching 50, or even 50 now. I was so impressed with her writing and went out and bought all of her books. Terrific book