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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Sheehy Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781415931684
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A seasoned woman is spicy. She has been marinated in life experience … She can be alternately sweet, tart, bubbly, mellow. She can be maternal and playful. Bossy and submissive. Strong and soft … The seasoned woman knows who she is. She could be any one of us, as long as she is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of life.

In her most groundbreaking work since Passages and The Silent Passage, bestselling author Gail Sheehy reveals a hidden cultural phenomenon–increased vitality in women’s sex and love lives after fifty. Sex and the Seasoned Woman is the story of an intimate revolution taking place under our very noses. 

Boomer generation women in midlife are open to sex, love, dating, new dreams, exploring spirituality, and revitalizing their marriages as never before. This is a new universe of passionate, liberated women–married and single–who are unwilling to settle for the stereotypical roles of middle age and are now realizing they don’t have to. As life spans grow longer and as societal constraints continue to loosen, older women–once free of the exhausting demands of young children, needy husbands, and demanding careers–find themselves ready to pursue the passionate life. They embrace their “second adulthood” as a period of reawakening.

Written in Sheehy’s singularly compelling style, combining interviews and research, this book gives voice to more than a hundred fascinating and colorful women. The inspiring stories tell of wives who reinvigorate their marriages after their children leave the nest as well as divorced, widowed, and long-single women who find new dreams and new loves. Sheehy delineates a crucial link between cultivating a new dream and reopening the pathway to intimacy and sexual pleasure. She also examines the latest medical breakthroughs addressing symptoms that have unnecessarily curtailed women’s sex lives.

From women who find their sexuality reawakened by a younger lover, to couples whose marriages survive health crises and grow stronger, to women who finally find a soulmate in their sixties, to stories from seasoned sirens in their seventies, eighties, and even nineties, these portraits cover an enormous range of experience. In them, Sheehy locates the universal patterns that enable us all to recognize and understand our own lives.

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  • “[Sheehy] presents a hot cultural topic in an accessible, highly readable book that will have great appeal for her core audience.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 10/29/2013

    " I found this gem in the bargain books of Barnes and Noble. And for the self help junkie that is like finding the golden ticket. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 2/10/2013

    " I picked this up at a library sale because I like Sheehy's books. I'm a little young for the book--but as a recent divorcee I found this book very inspiring. The book is full of stories and interviews with women who have found a more independent and passionate life after 50. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 11/8/2012

    " Read this on a whim, has some really good stories and points. Gives me hope for the future. I would probably give it another star if i didn't feel so awkward about the title itself, wish it had been named something different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/26/2012

    " This book explained me to myself! Enjoyable to read, with good real-life stories. I found my path to be reflected in the passages Sheehy describes "seasoned" women experienced. So glad to find out I'm "NORMAL." lol "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 4/8/2012

    " Dreadful narrative voice, little of value to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonita Rose | 3/30/2012

    " I read an article about this book.. definitely on my TO READ list.. women need to not be so uptight about their sexuality.. just my thoughts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 11/6/2011

    " sure i'm not over 50, but someday i will be and there's always info we can gleam from just about everything "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/24/2011

    " I shouldn't admit to reading this. It's not even really about sex (worse luck). There are a few sound ideas about women finding confidence, independence, and genuine identity later in life. Sadly, these ideas are buried in fluff and repetition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 5/24/2011

    " I picked this up at a library sale because I like Sheehy's books. I'm a little young for the book--but as a recent divorcee I found this book very inspiring. The book is full of stories and interviews with women who have found a more independent and passionate life after 50. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/6/2011

    " sure i'm not over 50, but someday i will be and there's always info we can gleam from just about everything "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonita | 12/13/2008

    " I read an article about this book.. definitely on my TO READ list.. women need to not be so uptight about their sexuality.. just my thoughts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 10/19/2008

    " I found this gem in the bargain books of Barnes and Noble. And for the self help junkie that is like finding the golden ticket.

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About the Author
Author Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of seventeen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple-award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP's Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.