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The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido: A Couple's Guide

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It is estimated that one of every three married couples struggles with problems associated with mismatched sexual desire. Do you? If you want to stop fighting about sex and revitalize your intimate connection with your spouse, then you need this book. But "The Sex-Starved Marriage" is not just another book explaining the reasons you or your spouse might not be in the mood ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Simon & Schuster
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Christian Overbey
Feb 21, 2013 Christian Overbey rated it really liked it
This is a great book from the content perspective, although written in a little bit simplistic style. Probably it would have been perfect for me 10 years ago when I really could have used it. Read this book if you perceive the problem at all.

This book is addressed to both sides in the couple, with specific chapters written for each side and then several last chapters written for both partners on specifics to bridge the gap. I found myself agreeing with many statements, seeing myself right there
Sue Hopkins
Aug 11, 2013 Sue Hopkins rated it it was amazing
This book really helped me. I had an epiphany! I finally understood what had been happening in my marriage for years. Well written, simplistic but totally relatable. I would recommend to anyone who is experiencing sexual disharmony with their partner. I was finally able to see things from my partners point of view and able to rationally look at solutions. An Excellent read!
Garrett Zecker
Jul 20, 2015 Garrett Zecker rated it liked it
I am not a reader of self help books, but this book came recommended to me as a text that is helpful in the areas of communication with a lover or a spouse and can have a drastic impact in many areas of my relationships beyond what the title suggests. What I find is very funny is that there are not many reviews of this book, likely because of the title and the American puritanical views of such things (or is it airing dirty laundry? or decorum?), but to my friends, family, employers, and anyone ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Caitlin rated it liked it
I'm not married or sex-starved, I just recognize that in every single relationship I've ever been in there's been a disparity in libidos. I don't think I'm alone in feeling this way. This book tried to resolve some of the problems that arise with this discrepancy and there's some good advice in here. My only criticism is that while the tendency for vacillation to occur is something the author mentions (the fact that at some points you may be the low-desire partner, and at other times the high), ...more
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Probably one of the most practical and helpful books I've read on the subject (and I've read plenty).\nI saw both Jeff and myself and our actions and reactions in the different sections. I think I understand where he's coming from a little better. And this book challenged me to really work on this area of our marriage.\nWhile I didn't agree with everything discussed (self-stimulation), I appreciated the fact the author is clearly anti-divorce as a solution.
Jul 20, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book for couples who are out of sync when it comes to their sex lives. Michele Weiner-Davis gives hope and practical advice to couples. My guess is that most couples could benefit from her optimism and specific solutions for those who have let the years (and probably some laziness) erode their intimacy. I highly recommend it.
Jan 13, 2010 Rio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is an awesome resource, especially for people in relationships dealing with a low sex drive. It's very thoughtful and explains a lot, and also gives ways to deal with this situation in a relationship no matter which partner you are. I will definitely be recommending this to others in the future.
May 18, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing
This book really helped me when I needed a reference to understand what had been happening to me for so many years. It was a blessing to have a woman explain it too. There is a phrase in this book that is so right on and awesomely true, I nearly fainted when I read it. Thanx Michele
Stephanie "Jedigal"
This book gave me hope.

Excellent book, discusses marriage problems stemming from disparities in sex drive, and solutions. While not being judgemental, does not let either party off the hook regarding acting for a solution.
The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido: A Couple's Guide by Michele Weiner Davis (2003)
Dec 13, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Very good book for couples who have one person who wants sex all the time while the other partner doesn't. I enjoyed reading the different anecdotal situations.
Oct 29, 2015 Jenifer rated it it was amazing
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I read this and I recommend it to any of my friends who complain about the problem; "X wants more sex and Y is not interested". Great content to read as a couple!!
Oct 17, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Very good book for couples who are unhappy in their sexual relationship! Good solid advice, great author.
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Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW is an internationally renowned relationship expert, best-selling author, marriage therapist, and professional speaker who specializes in helping people change their lives and improve important relationships. Among the first in her field to courageously speak out about the pitfalls of unnecessary divorce, Michele has been active in spearheading the now popular movement urg ...more
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