Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex

Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex

by Erica Jong


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When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer.

Susan Cheever talks about the "excruciating hazards of casual sex," while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having "carnal relations." In "Everything Must Go," Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott's sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women has rejected "free love" in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga.

Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, as Jong herself writes in her powerful introduction, "the truth is—sex is life."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062193223
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Erica Jong is an award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist best known for her eight bestselling novels, including the international bestseller Fear of Flying. She is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry.

Table of Contents

Introduction Erica Jong xi

A Fucking Miracle Elisa Albert 1

Worst Sex Gail Collins 8

Peekaboo I See You Anne Roiphe 15

Prude Jean Hanff Korelitz 20

Sex with a Stranger Susan Cheever 32

Everything Must Go: A Short Story Jennifer Weiner 38

Love Rollercoaster 1975 Susie Bright 48

Absolutely Dangerous Linda Gray Sexton 57

The One Who Breaks My Heart Rosemary Daniel 64

Do I Own You Now? Daphne Merkin 76

Let's Not Talk About Sex Julie Klam 83

My Best Friend's Boyfriend-Fay Weldon 90

The Diddler J. A. K. Andres 96

The Dignity Channel Jann Turner 106

Miss Honeypot Marries: A Short Story Barbara Victor 115

Best Sex Ever: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis Jessica Winter 125

Cock of My Dreams: A Graphic Fantasy Marisa Acocella Marchetto 131

Cramming It All In: A Satire Susan Kinsolving 137

Reticence and Fieldwork Min Jin Lee 139

My First Time, Twice Ariel Levy 149

Light Me Up Margot Magowan 154

Herman and Margot Karen Abbott 177

Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Meghan O'Rourke 183

Skin, Just Skin: A Dramatic Triologue Eve Ensler 194

Reading of O Honor Moore 199

Going All the Way Liz Smith 205

The Man in Question Rebecca Walker 210

They Had Sex So I Didn't Have To Molly Jong-Fast 217

Kiss: A Short, Short Story Erica Jong 222

Acknowledgments 225

Contributors 226

About the Editor 237

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Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
catwak More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this collection, but I expected more insight or candor than these stories and essays delivered. That being said, Jennifer Weiner's short story about a woman preparing for a double mastectomy and the saga of Callie's Cho Cho are phenomenal, and in a class by themselves!
karenlisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sugar in My Bowl By Erica Jong Collection of essays/short stories written by excellent, top quality women writers. These women range in age by many decades. They write about their sexual experiences that were most meaningful or memorable to them for one reason or another. Some women reach back to their first time, while others regard their spouses, exes, children and parents influence. Each story was like a secret peek inside a womans diary. Easy and enjoyable, just as it should be.
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