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Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate

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“Before I turn 67, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.” This inspired personal ad from Jane Juska drew tremendous response and swept the retired teacher into a whirlwind existence she barely recognized as her own. She relayed her fun and frank exploits in the bestseller A Round-Heeled Woman. Now Juska continues her astonishing story in this much anticipate ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Villard (first published May 2nd 2006)
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Yulia
Sep 13, 2008 Yulia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-moirs
This was a very mournful read because life doesn't always go as we wish it to. Jane Juska is a very skilled writer, but it is not so much her story she relates in this book as the story of those who have read her book and reached out to tell her theirs, whether at book-signings, through letters, or eerily by searching out her unlisted number. She is sometimes so wise and it breaks my heart to read what she has learned, but other times, I am just as appalled by her naivety, her refusal to see how ...more
Regi
Mar 13, 2013 Regi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While there is nothing wrong with sexual intimacy at any age, I did find myself going "Yucky" when reading about the author's adventures with a man half her age (71 and 34), don't get me wrong, I go "Ewww" when the man is a lot older than the woman as well - I am equal opportunity squeamish. Never really wondered what I'd be doing at that age, since I'm single now it doesn't seem like something to spend time on.

This book is the sequel to a book that must have been more sexually graphic, "A Round
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Hol
Juska writes mainly about yearning and about reading, but I guess that wouldn't have made a foxy enough subtitle for her publisher's marketing department. I picked this one up because I'd read and liked her previous memoir, Round-Heeled Woman, about resuming dating in her late sixties after thirty years of ceilbacy. Once again I appreciated her frankness and humor and her deep curiosity about people, and once again I found myself gripping my head over how easily seduced she is by written corresp ...more
Monica
Jun 16, 2010 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than her first book. Could have used some more editing. Appreciated her honesty, although I occasionally found her unsympathetic. Was she being sarcastic when reminiscing about her younger years, and complaining about having to work during a summer to help pay to be sent to Europe for 6 months after graduation? Um, you went to Europe for 6 months--what's to complain about? Also, I was a bit shocked she asked a wealthy man she didn't even seem to like that much to buy her a house. I'm a re ...more
Ann M
Sep 24, 2008 Ann M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I want to like this book more, but the author is not that sympathetic. Maybe if I'd read the first book. This one has an aren't-I-wonderful tone that just sounds dorky to me, and worse, as she describes losing a friend she disappoints for a younger boyfriend, and then, saying the friend's died of cancer, wonders who got her expensive house. She probably meant it to sound cute, but it sounded exactly like a shallow person having a second childhood, fearing death, regretting not having lived -- th ...more
Judith
Jun 16, 2009 Judith rated it it was ok
not terrible, but not nearly as interesting as The Round-Heeled Woman. it's almost like she was writing a journal and rambling along with her thoughts. And her editor said, "come on, let's publish. people loved the first one, so keep on writing the same stuff and we'll see how long they will buy it." i do like the slant she puts on sex in the seventies------nobody wants to hear about it because it's physically disgusting, but hey----that's life, so get used to it! Are older people supposed to pr ...more
Keris
Aug 27, 2008 Keris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought Jane Juska's memoir so long ago that, although the Waterstone's receipt was still stuck in the front cover, everything but the company name had faded away (I hate when that happens; how much better would that money have been in *my* bank account!).

Anyway, I finally started reading it and, after three chapters, loved it so much that I had to put it to one side so I could take it away with me. I loved Jane Juska's voice - wry, self-deprecating, honest - and I was desperate to read more ab
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Emma  Kaufmann
Jun 18, 2008 Emma Kaufmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to the Well-Rounded Woman, where a seventy year old woman talks frankly about rediscovering her sexuality in the December period of life - she only had 3 lovers before the age of 67 - poor cow! I don't know why it is revolutionary to have sex at seventy and be single but apparently a lot of Americans thought that was totally wild and crazy! and this book became controversial will religious nuts etc. It is a lively read but also a bit depressing because the woman says she more or ...more
Catherine
May 10, 2007 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Jane Juska. It picks up where her first book, "A Round-Heeled Woman" left off. Juska writes a lot about her readers' reactions to the first book. I think I enjoyed this sequel even more than the first. Although some reviews thought the author was a bit whiney, I found her honesty about life's disappointments very relevant to her story. It was nice reading "the next chapter" in Juska's life.
Tamela
Apr 29, 2008 Tamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I liked the 1st one-"The Round-heeled Woman" best. This was okay, more a work of feelings than on any actions. I surely hope she doesn't get kicked out of her home, maybe finds another nice home to own, maybe finds a nice local man who is intelligent, witty, handsome and makes or has some money. At 71, Jane, can it be done? I hope to stay positive too, until the next installment.
Adrienne
a continuation of a round heeled woman......or, if you like 'what happens after you've found what you were looking for'....not as interesting as ARHW tho'
cat
Feb 13, 2008 cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
less compelling than her first book, round heeled woman, this sequel was still a welcome continuation of jane juska's life story.
Laura
May 23, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Jane writes about what it's like to be an older single woman today. She's frank, thoughtful, and self-aware.
Carolyn
I just couldn't get passed the "Have sex or die" philosophy of this woman. But some how I made it through the book. Sometimes we want and plan and fight for what we want, but life fights us back. Then the doors won't allow us to get what we want for what ever reason. But don't cry about it, pull up your big girl panties and move on. Gee sh nympho needs sex even at her age. The rest of us take up interesting hobbies and get over it.
Jerry-Mac
Jul 04, 2015 Jerry-Mac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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Maria Paiz
Boo. I rushed to buy this book without reading its reviews, just because I loved its precursor. But, as often happens with sequels, this book offered nothing new. The main, interesting story was already told in the first book, and instead the author finds herself whining about not finding love and about not having enough money to buy herself a house. Not worth reading. I still gave this book two stars simply because I like the way the author writes, in a self-deprecating humorous style, but if I ...more
Reader
Nov 14, 2007 Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is the sequel to _A Round-Heeled Woman_. This is far more philosophical and a reflection on her readers' feedback and the situation that many single, older women encounter. Again there is plenty of discussion about acceptance of the body and beauty norms.

I think I expected more of an adventure tale, something akin to her first book, but Juska is honest about her need to take a break and to heal from the experience with Graham, a man thirty-some years her junior. Her honest account of their
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Guera
Dec 06, 2009 Guera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book was much more fun to read than the first one. I actually read this one first and then went in search of her first book but was disappointed. I should have stuck to this one only. This book is a reflection of thoughts, learning and self development post a late life sex spree. A recommended read for woman in their midlife and certainly encouraging for those of us who feel out bodies are no longer interesting and inviting to men. It made me accept certain things I was hoping would ...more
Jane
Jul 05, 2010 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Man, what a disappointment. I loved Juska's first book, as it was very well-written, but this one meanders all over the place. And there isn't even any real estate; just some musings on how she wishes she could buy a house but can't afford one.

A book about real estate will have descriptions of homes! Discussion about prices! Multiple open house attendings!

None of that exists in this book, which mostly just randomly describes stuff that happened to her after her first book came out (spoiler: not
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Bethany
Feb 21, 2015 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Utterly depressing
Melody
Sep 12, 2007 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erudite, amusing follow-up to A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, which I had never heard of but will read next. Nicely done memoir about the consequences of writing a book about the results of one's personal ad (placed at age 66). Honest without being overly confessional and modest without being coy, this book is a welcome contribution to the canon of works by mature women.
Megargee
Nov 08, 2013 Megargee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and its predecessor should be required reading for Miley Cyrus who recently opined that sexuality ceases at 40, assuming, that is that Ms. Cyrus reads. Of course, being in my mid-70s (and male) probably gives me a different perspective from the many younger female reviewers who found Ms. Juska's activities appalling.
Fullfaun
Nov 20, 2015 Fullfaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
she writes very well. easy to read and invites you into her life.
Pghbekka
Jun 06, 2012 Pghbekka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book may not be for everyone. I'm sure there are faults in the writing as there are admittedly in the author. For whatever reason, I have a fierce love for Jane Juska and Diana Athill and jump at the chance to read anything they write.
The Cats Mother
My friend said not to bother with this, but I wanted to make up my own mind - I should've listened - it was boring and nothing happened, she talks a lot about her previous book (which I haven't read) and hankers after a man 40 years her junior.
Teena in Toronto
I saw this book at Chapters in the new release section and it sounded interesting. And it was. It was interesting to read the day-to-day accounts of a woman almost 30 years older than I am who is still looking for love.
Erika
Oct 08, 2010 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. This author is so frank and not always polite. It was refreshing to read a book by an older woman about herself, and I will definitely read her first book, A Round-Heeled Woman.
Paula
May 12, 2012 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this on the strength of her first novel... unfortunately, this one was disappointing. I prefer to bask in the memory of her first book and forget this one exists.
Corina
Sep 08, 2012 Corina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book...but I'm biased because Jane Juska was my high school creative writing teacher.
Susan Okeefe
Sounded like it might be an interesting and funny but it was boring and repetitive.
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