Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir
Ever wondered why there’s no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright.
In this stunning and courageous coming-of-age story, Susie Bright opens her heart and her life. From fearful Irish Catholic Girl Scout to gun-toting teenage revolutionaryand finally the "The Avatar of Ame...more
I am going back and forth about this review - I think I wrote it three times so far, but it still hadn't capture all the nuances of the book. First, let me tell you that I had no idea who Susie Bright was before listening to this book. I have very mixed feelings about this memoir partic ...more
While not as gripping as some of her other books and strangely disjointed at times, her unflinching, emotionally brave recounting of her childhood trauma took me in.
Her raw, intimate narration of the complex relationship with her mother and the far reaching implications of the emotional abuse on her life and the relationship with her own daugther were extremely honest and brave, and made the book for me.
For someone who has a famously diverse and adventurous sex life, and who is know for talking about sex, the book actually has very little sex.
Mostly, it's about her work in labor organizing and, later, in the realm of sex-positive feminism. All of that stuff is good, even great, but it was much less than I was hoping for.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining that there wasn't enough explic ...more
She begins with her family and by no means is she excusing them. They are necessary for her tale to be told. Beginning where she herself began, from the lives and union of two complicated people—- her parents. Perhaps the raw emotions and scars are still too palpable to fully express her feelings about her par ...more
The book definitely held my interest. It's in three main sections--one relating to childhood, one about the teen years, and one about getting involved with Good Vibrations and On Our Backs. I wasn't expecting so much childhood trauma--the suicidal ...more
She has a philosophy of sex that's all of a piece with her philosophy of life -- *be human.* Don't try for shrink-wrapped perfection, be it physical or ideological. Acknowledge the complexity of the human experience. Take seriously the vastness and weirdness of love. And be a goddamn adult.
This is a hilarious and moving memoir. And now I understand better where she came from. How all that tenderness and indulgence and ...more
This book is boring. Seriously - Susie Bright's wikipedia page is more interesting than this book. The bare events of Susie's life are unusual and interesting, but the way this book is written will make you want to claw out your eyes. It took me over a week to read this book simply because it did not hold my interest - the editing is also shoddy.
I was very disappointed with this especia ...more
Bright starts off as a little girl trying to absorb ...more
This is a pretty light memoir that focuses more on Susie's childhood, parents, and early activist life, glossing somewhat over her time as a leader in the second-wave sex-positive queer feminist movement. It's quick and smart, a good in ...more
Susie Bright is a radical in every possible definition of the word. I knew about her ...more
I imagi ...more
Though it’s not erotically written, there’s plenty of language that you mig ...more
It records that time when the pill became available and was prevalent, drugs available and prevalent and some young people willing “to see what’s out there” and no longer follow the old road as laid down by parents and society as whole.
It really brings home just how lively things were in the 60’s and 70’s before the rise of the neo-cons that we still ...more
For one thing, it's called "a memoir" when it's not. It's an autobiography with every detail of her entire life, relevant or not. She includes the history of her grandparents, and spends an entire chapter talking about why her parents' marriage ...more
Susie is amazing in her genre and I can honestly say that I didn't know much about her before this book. I'm so glad that I got a chance to read/listen to what she has to say. The greatest thing about a memoir is that even though I may not believe everything that the author does, I can still respect ...more
Her story might be better told by another person -- someone with a little critical distance who could describe Bright's life and work in the context of the larger feminis ...more
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