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Sugar in My Bowl by Erica Jong
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Jul 01, 11

Read from June 23 to 29, 2011

I got a very strong sense that this book had no real idea what it wanted to be, Some of the pieces were about the writers' best and worst sexual experiences, some were examined writing about sex as a woman, some were coming-of-age stories. It's as if Jong gave out a multiple-choice assignment on the essays (and some are actually short fiction) and then didn't arrange it in any particular order. The pieces feel rushed, too, and very underedited. Which is too bad -- the concept was promising, and I like a lot of the writers.

Standouts were J.A.K. Andres on her six-year-old daughter's new-found relationship with her vagina, a thoughtful essay by Min Jin Lee about writing sex as an Asian woman, and a really excellent piece by Meghan O'Rourke about having to live up to the romance of her parents' marriage. But honestly? That was about it. I'm disappointed.
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Julie Your assessment is right on! Julie


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