In 1975, Paul and Roz Mellow write a bestselling Joy of Sex-type book that mortifies their four school-aged children and ultimately changes the shape of the family forev...more
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She preached what was to me a curious distance--she didn't think that sex scenes should be titillating, and hers are mostly not.
Despite that, her characters are well developed, and her writing is very good. I was quite amused throughout most of the book. There appeared to me to be some point o...more
Her knowledge of what makes people "tick" (especially CHILDREN) and the ways our young souls are marred is at such a depth that I wonder sometimes about her own story as I read: HOW does she know so much about human nature?
Brilliant, smart, biting and kind - a feminist who is not held down or in her anger. She sees well, she loves well, and I am always left chang...more
Paul and Roz Mellow, very much in love, deeply passionate, and in the process of raising four children, conceive of an idea. The result is a book called Pleasuring: One Couple's Journey to Fulfillment, complete with artist r...more
It's hard to imagine, but...more
So what she is really sayi...more
Boy, was I wrong. This story, with its seemingly far-fetche...more
The second oldest child, Michael, discovers the mysterious tome on a top shelf, bookended by something innocuous, but he is curious. Something about the way it seems almost hidden....
From that point on, the story unfolds as the children discover what the book entails and secretly share its c...more
Reviewers enjoyed the well-drawn characters in Wolitzer's sixth novel, especially former druggie Holly, depressed Michael, gay Republican Dashiell, and the lost youngest sibling, Claudia. The humor hits the mark, and to many, this book resembled the family dysfunction played to such great effect in Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. Detractors felt that Wolitzer neglected to create the payoff for the complicated situations she so carefully set up, and that the family's release and forgiveness a...more
I did not agree with some other reviews that felt the story centered too much on the publication and subsequent discovery by the kids of the sex book, or that the story emphasized the sex book event as the one thing that changed everyone’s lives forever and ever after that. I didn't really get that impression; the ensuing breakup/divorce more drastically and permanently affected the family dynamic...as divorces do...duh. (And yes, I did think...more
It must be "The Joy Of Sex" as I cant remember anything else written in the 70's that was so well known.
The embarassment is there, the children now teenage virgins on the brink of sexual discovery are there,the parents now older and wiser are there. Unfortunately the story is so thin it almost blows away. It begs the question would you enjoy reading and looki...more
awkward and very funny.
the story jumps ahead 30 years. the couple is now divorced and remarried and the children are grown. roz mellow wants her exhusband to agree to a reis...more
The story here is great, but the set-up is tough: picking up 30 years after a particular event -- four children discovering that their parents had written, posed for, and would become famous for a sex guide -- makes it difficult to really go into much depth.
Each of the main characters, particularly the children, are supremely messed up, but Wolitzer is kind of asking her reader to do her a favor and just go...more
While the book becomes famous and offers the family money and fame, the (sex) lives of all four children and the parents are affected in many different ways as they move on to adulthood.
The prose in this is wonderful and it's not a Good Read but a great one.
Beware! If you are weary of sexual...more
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