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Just Between Us Girls: Secrets about Men from the Mayflower Madam

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Once the classiest, most successful madam in New York, Sydney Biddle Barrows has the inside information on what men really want--their favorite fantasies, emotional needs, and specific desires in and out of the bedroom. But she has also discovered what they don't get at home--and what makes them stray.

With candor, a little naughtiness, and an insider's eye-opening perspect
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Apr 20, 2013 Elizabeth Ruth rated it really liked it
So I love reading books like these because they remind me of reading Cosmo in high school-- and I usually walk away with one or two interesting ideas about how to be loving to my man. My favorite thing about this book was its emphasis on making your partner feel appreciated-- something that I think is truly at the heart of the situations Sydney Biddle Barrows probably saw in her career as the Mayflower Madam.

That said, this is kind of a horrible book that sometimes made my jaw drop with its sexi
Jan 24, 2016 Kelli rated it liked it
If you have any feminist proclivities, please close your eyes: I would recommend this book to any of my girlfriends having man trouble. The book IS written by a brothel madam so I'm not going to reference anything specifically, but I bet she hits on your particular issue. It's part how-to, part psychological analysis of male/female roles and interactions (this was written in 1996 but a bulk of her theories still hold up), and part FAQ. She writes what she knows and she can be pretty funny. The p ...more
Dec 10, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it really liked it
I won't be so dramatic as to say that this book changed my life, but it certainly changed my lifestyle. I read it as a teenage girl and promptly passed it around to my friends. Consider it the bible to femininity, if you will... the secrets of high-priced call girls contained in one volume. That doesn't mean it teaches women how to be prostitutes, so don't even go down that road. Instead, this book talks about beauty tips, how to make the most of your natural appeal, and how to interact with a l ...more
May 25, 2009 Therese rated it it was ok
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Starts out a fascinating window into a curious exciting world...quickly degenerates into something sordid, gross, and cheap, that still masquerades as a prim and gossipy girl-chat. Ew.
Jun 02, 2014 Kaylyn rated it it was ok
It was decent. I learned a few things but it was just like reading something out of a Cosmo magazine
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“George Burns tells a wonderful story about the one time in his life (so he says) he cheated on his beloved Gracie. He was so disgusted and ashamed of himself that he went out and bought her the most beautiful diamond necklace he could find. Gracie was pretty sure she knew what was wrong, but she accepted the necklace and said nothing. Several years passed. One night, she and George were out to dinner and an acquaintance complimented her on her lovely necklace. As George stood there, aghast, she replied, 'Thank you. I wish George would cheat on me again so I could get the matching earrings.” 5 likes
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