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Sex After . . .: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Wives offers a refreshingly straightforward guide to enjoying a long, satisfying sex life.
Women of the baby boomer generation know and trust Iris Krasnow as a writer who speaks candidly to the issues that concern them most. In the months following the publication of her most recent book, The Secret Lives of Wives, Krasnow add
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Avery
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Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. "Sex After..." chronicles sex at different points throughout a woman's life--told (mainly) through the voices of women who share their experiences with Krasnow transitioning between stories and chapters. The book explores the mutually reinforcing relationship the sex and intimacy share, and the importance of each within a relationship. Many different topics are discussed, including sex after children, cancer, infidelity and coming out, ...more
Donna Merritt
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to this book. Sadly, it was so disappointing that I couldn't even finish it, which is a rarity for me. To begin, I understand that it was an uncorrected ARC, but honestly, it was so full of typos that after only a few pages, I instinctively grabbed a pen and began marking it up. Iris Krasnow sent it to her editor in this shape? And the editor thought it was okay to send to reviewers in this shape? I only hope they paid the copyeditor overtime to prep the final copy for prin ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I am not a fan of this book. While it would not necessarily be reasonable to anticipate a scientific approach of the subject matter based on the book's description, I was hoping for a more balanced read. The author includes interviews with women in various stages of life with an emphasis on those years and circumstances that pose challenges to the contemporary perception of female sexuality. As someone who hasn't experienced firsthand many of those life events, I was curious to learn what challe ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Very interesting and I like how the author included an extremely wide variety of women's stories, ages 20s to 70s, kids or no kids by choice, single and married, lesbian, and women who have cheated and been cheated on, had surgery, illness, whatever. That is a glimpse into the real population not often seen in a readable anecdotal style. Even some perspectives from men.

It did repeat some at times, making it a tad slow. Overall though it was a very good nonfiction read.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sex-therapy
She has facts and figures and absolutely no references. I wanted this book to fill out the information I am missing on sexuality in later life, but I don't feel like I can trust this book.
Gail M
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it

The last paragraph of this book reads, "Sex? It is a very good thing. Yet the sensations that women crave most in an intimate relationship are some really warm perpetually rocking brain waves."

Examining sexual relations from teen to post-baby,(or lack thereof), onward, this book has a depressing percentage of woman having sex because they somehow feel they "owe" it, and men thinking they "deserve" it, as in the man who suggests his wife should make sure they have sex three times a week, lest he
Mar 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I would have been more impressed with this book if it had more real data from doctors, therapists, or research. Instead, it interwove snippets of real information and data with slightly salacious personal accounts of the sex lives of women of various ages, sexual orientation and race. I felt as if these personal accounts had been obtained via interviews by college students who worked for their campus newspapers and had been hired by the author because they needed a little money. I am being a lit ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had potential, and it may be better than I am giving it credit for. The introduction is powerful, arguing that it will talk about the sex lives of women after trouble, whether that trouble be the lose of a husband a wife had been faithful for after half a century of marriage or whether it is a after divorcing a husband once a woman comes to terms with her homosexuality. The book promises to chart the journey's these women make, and I loved it.

Until Krasnow abandoned all that. After th
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book at a perfect time. I had no idea this book existed and hadn't any expectations reading it. I'm a 30 year old, first time postpartum mother continually adjusting to my body. I looked at the other ratings half way through the book and found them funny. Did some of you even read the book? Ha!
I believe listening to other people's experiences is a way to connect to one another. At one point I think Iris wrote, so we don't feel alone in our lives (paraphrased.) Having the chapters d
Carol Rizzardi
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The real story is in the subtitle: "Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes."

In short, whatever you are doing is right for you if you feel good and fulfilled.
Tiquila Mcneill
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Informative and hopeful
Amanda Leanne
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I do not give high ratings lightly, and I almost didn't with this book until I realized it had more to do with my age and perspective, my opinions, than the book itself. The author does a very good job at going over the issues of sex life at a later age. The book is peppered with stories and antedotes of people she had talked to and stories she had heard. Her ability to make a book about sexual intercourse to be neither vulgar and over the time or a dry, boring read, is what lead me to the concl ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book about how sex changes and how life changes as we get older. When I concluded the book, I sat there thinking to myself how my life has transitioned through the years. There were some very significant events happening to and with me on my decade marks. At age 10, I started learning my first band instrument that I have continued to play through my life. From there, I eventually became a band and choir director. At age 20, I was in college and having relationship issues with me ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting title to a book that provided just what the title implies.
The book was very informative. I would not highly recommend it because of the presentation style of the material. The author gives a cliff note version of a real persons experience with little analysis. This became frustrating because then the actual experience would b retold by the person who lived it. It was like having someone tell you what happens in the movie before you see it over and over again. I ended up just reading
Feb 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
Another one I saw in the AARP Magazine "Book Buzz" column. The magazine's description: "'There is no perfect sex because there are no perfect people,' writes Krasnow, 59, who has long listened to people talk about 'wanting love, finding love, and losing love.' Here she tells all about women writing 'a new sexual script.'"
Liz De Coster
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Based on the title, I was very interested in this book, but it ended up being very little beyond a series of interviews and personal essays. Some were quite touching and personal, but many were fairly generic and failed to add much. Other than one or two stories, the book failed to have much to say or leave much of an impression.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wish I had been able to read this book 20 years ago. Important message - the need for openness and communication between chosen partners. It is nice to know that there can be/is wonderful sex in our golden years.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
Found this a fascinating read. For my children, for myself, for my friends, etc. Highly recommended. It's about women and sex at many different stages in life.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Boring. Horrible. Waste of time.
Pamela Hovanec
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
this book is funny, entertaining and full of lessons from others. i love hearing them and i can relate to many.. i found it very informative and im sure others will as well. thanks

Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a good book about the transformation of your sex life as life changes. I found that it has a lot of good insight.
Sep 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
I have to say that the book isn't very cohesive and the author meandered from one place to another which made it difficult for me to keep up with her.

I won this from goodreads firstreads
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads

I enjoyed this book, it gave me a feel of a documentary type of book. Very informational about sex,and how the view of it has changed through the years.
Kyra Hahn
Insightful non-fiction about how sex and intimacy don't diminish as you age
Debra Weidman
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oddly enough there is a Finksburg MD connection in this book
Lawanda Mckenzie
It had a lot of information from different women accounts of what they have had to deal with at different stages of life.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book offers interesting insight into the sex lives of various women throughout their lives. It's very informative.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Preaching to the choir I guess.
Dawna Martin
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this was such a great book so happy that i was the person who won it!! would so tell a friend to read it!!
Cristina Gutierrez
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: so far yes i would
Recommended to Cristina by: no one i for it for free from the goodreads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. "Sex After...afater finish reading i will do a review on it thanks for the book! so far i like the boof
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Iris Krasnow was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A graduate of Stanford University, she became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times Herald, then moved to United Press International in Washington, D.C. for the position of national feature writer. In her several years at UPI, Krasnow specialized in lifestyle stories and celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy, Eli ...more