In "Sugar in My Bowl", Erica Jong and a host of prominent voices answer the question, What do women want? in essays that explore our fascination with sex and the realm of female desire - what it is, what sparks it, and what satisfies it. The revelations are as varied as the writers. Daphne Merkin celebrates beautiful male bodies. Jennifer Weiner explores sex and death. Min Jin Lee pairs sex and racism. And Gail Collins offers an amusing take on the anti-sexuality of a Catholic education. Here, too, are the voices of a younger generation who reveal attitudes far more reserved than their liberated mothers. From wild nights to the innocence of inexperienced youth, "Sugar in My Bowl" explores women's sexuality with daring and candor, challenging us to examine ourselves and our own desires. As Jong writes, 'The truth is-sex is life-no more, no less. As many of these stories demonstrate. It is the life force. If we attempt to wall it off in a special category of its own, we make it dirty. By itself, it is far from obscene. It is just a part of life-the part that continues it and makes it bloom. Contributors include: Karen Abbott; Anne Roiphe; Jessica Winter; Jann Turner; Julie Klam; Susan Kinsolving; Susie Bright; Fay Weldon; Linda Gray Sexton; Elisa Albert; Barbara Victor; Daphne Merk; Marisa Marchetto; Min Jin Lee; Honor Moore; Jennifer Weiner; Gail Collins; Liz Smith; Naomi Wolf; Rebecca Walker; Jean Hanff Korelitz; Eve Ensler; Meghan O'Rourke; Rosemary Daniell; and, Jennifer Andres.
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She returns to this subject in the essay "They had sex so I didn't have to", a highlight of the new anthology, Sugar in my Bowl. The book was edited by Erica, who wasn't sure she wanted to preside over a collection of sex essays by women more typecasting, she thought until the stories began rolling in, in all their juicy variety. --The Guardian
Ms Jong revealed that the difference between the generations became clear to her while editing a new anthology of women's sexual writing. She said that the older contributors to Sugar In My Bowl were more raunchy, while the younger generations approach to sex was more closely linked to motherhood and marriage. --The Daily Mail
Erica Jong is an award-winning poet, novelist and essayist best known for her eight bestselling novels: Fear of Flying, which has sold twenty million copies in thirty-seven languages, How to Save Your Own Life, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones, Parachutes & Kisses, Shylock's Daughter (formerly Serenissima), Any Woman's Blues, Inventing Memory, and Sappho's Leap. Her mid-life memoir Fear of Fifty also became a major international bestseller. She is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry, including the most recent, Love Comes First, and five non-fiction books. She frequently blogs for The Huffington Post.Jong is a past president of the Author's Guild and a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad, and has been honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. She has also received Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize for her poetry, the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence (France), the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature (Italy), and the first Fernanda Pivano Prize for Literature (Italy). For more information, visit her website www.ericajong.com.
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