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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,962 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the p
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Avid Reader Press / Simon Schuster
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Cydney Cort This is not about suffering and exploitation. It is more about passion and power. I think it goes for both men and women. We are all fools for love at…moreThis is not about suffering and exploitation. It is more about passion and power. I think it goes for both men and women. We are all fools for love at some point. it is hard not to identify. The author makes no judgement which is what some people complain about but i think the stories are strong and speak for themselves. There is nothing creepy it is honest and compassionate. (less)
Cydney Cort yes the 2 of the women are heterosexual and a third one could be considered bi. but for me it was not the sexual preference it was what women…moreyes the 2 of the women are heterosexual and a third one could be considered bi. but for me it was not the sexual preference it was what women subjected themselves to in the face of desire . and how much we are willing to give over to that object of desire, to the whim of others in order to feel loved.(less)

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Roman Clodia
This is quite a perplexing book as I'm not sure what Taddeo's intentions were. She takes three American women and tells their stories of failed love, disappointing marriages, unmet or unfulfilled sexual and emotional needs.

In some ways the stories are different and, almost deliberately (?) echo themes covered in recent fiction: Lina, in a sexless marriage, falls into an affair with her high-school boyfriend; Maggie is 'groomed' into a sexual relationship with her high-school teacher; Sloane fin
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Three Women” is an intense look at the lives of 3 women, delving into their lives over an 8 year period, where they have been interviewed in their home towns. It intrigued me as it was an intimate look at their thoughts and desires, rather like reading someone’s diary.

The 3 women live in different areas, are different ages and social classes, yet they still have the same desires and hopes for the future.

I couldn’t help love Maggie, Sloanne and Lina and even though they chose paths that I would
Tyler Goodson
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Three Women tells the story of female desire, not as experienced by all women, but by Lina, Maggie, and Sloane. The stories of these women are surprising and thought-provoking, and Lisa Taddeo relates them in a book that is as insightful as it is impossible to put down. It isn't that these three women speak for all women, but that they speak so clearly, honestly, and powerfully for themselves.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three Women follows - somewhat unsurprisingly - three women in contemporary America: Maggie had a relationship with her teacher when at school and is now at the trial to see whether he will be convicted, Lina is in an unhappy marriage and turns back to the one man in her life who ever satisfied her sexually, Sloane lives to fulfil the sexual whims of her husband who likes to watch her sleep with other men. The reader gets to know these women over the course of the book, which I took to be anythi ...more
Bryn Greenwood
Reviewed for The Washington Post, to be published July 9, 2019.
Jaclyn Crupi
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you read narrative non-fiction you simply have to read this. You’re going to want to put down whatever you’re reading and get this instead. Lina, Maggie and Sloane and all their desires, obsessions, contradictions, hopes and disappointments are rendered with such compassion and dignity. The achievements of this book will floor you. To Lina, Maggie and Sloane, I see you, I understand you, I believe you. To Lisa Taddeo, I am in awe of you.
Oof. This BOOK. Three women; eight years; their love and sex and desires meticulously recorded, celebrated, foregrounded. It is, almost unbelievably, nonfiction that – in the very truest sense – reads like a novel; Lisa Taddeo gives her subjects the care and complete focus that we often only give to the people we’ve made up.

The three women she chooses are Maggie, who has an affair with her high school English teacher at fifteen, and at twenty-three decides to seek justice; Lina, who marries the
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was a hard read for me, because I am an ordinary woman and I only know ordinary women. Lisa Taddeo talks a lot about how hard she had to look to find these women. “Lisa Taddeo crisscrossed the United States countless times, moved to six different places, and talked to hundreds of men and women to ultimately find three women whose lives tell the story of desire in America”. Her quote says it all. “This is about the extraordinary”. That’s true it’s not about real women like us. But a great fa ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, arc, 2019
It's the nuances of desire that hold the truth of who we are at our rawest moments. I set out to register the heat and sting of female want so that men and other women might more easily comprehend before they condemn. Because it's the quotidian moments of our lives that will go on forever, that will tell us who we were, who our neighbors and our mothers were, when we were too diligent in thinking they were nothing like us. This is the story of three women.

Three Women is an odd little book: Aut
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Three Women is a true story based on the sex lives of three American women gained through a decade of vigilant reporting. Readers follows three women as they are faced with different challenges and issues within their sex lives. It is an intimate look at female desire in all its complexities.

Taddeo’s writing style mirrors that of a stream of consciousness technique. This style allows for Three Women to read as fiction as readers explore almost all aspects of these women’s lives. I enjoyed the n
Basic B's Guide
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stop! Hear me! See me! Don’t judge me!

This book was screaming “Katie take a chance on me!” Like most times that I push myself out of my comfort zone I was met with an overwhelming sense that I had just opened my eyes, mind and heart wider to the world.

A book about desire? Sex? Me the prude? Yes it was a leap of faith for me or maybe curiosity won out. Maybe I just wanted to say me too...

Do your research on this one. Read the authors interviews and reviews. I really think it will help the reader
Claire Gibson
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I have no idea how to rate this book. On one hand, "Three Women" is a fascinating tale — but I wouldn't call it an accurate depiction of female desire, as it's being billed. To me, it is a sad tragedy about sexual dysfunction — not about sex as it should be. It is pornographic — at times, even more pornographic than I thought necessary. However that didn't surprise me, considering the fact that the book sought to lift the veil on "desire." I would love to read a book about healthy sexuality. Sad ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
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Britta Böhler
Intriguing idea, a book about female desire, but this book is not about that. At all.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Would give this 700000 stars if I could. A highly nuanced, beautifully written, intelligent and original exploration of womanhood and female desire.
Noelia Alonso
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending a copy my way. All opinions are my own

Do yourself a favour: read this book.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is one of the most fascinating and compelling books I’ve read so far this year. We follow the real stories of Lina, Maggie and Sloane.

Lina is a woman who feels as if she has no purpose in life. Like she’s just a wife and a mother. But she’s trapped in an unhappy marriage. Her husband won’t touch her, and she longs to be touched, she longs to be desired.
Evie Braithwaite
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to read this book. It received high praise from Dolly Alderton and that woman never disappoints with her recommendations. So, I requested it on a whim and oh my god, what a book.

Three Women comprises unrelated stories about the lives of well, 3 women. Having written this over the course of eight years, flying across the country to interview the women in their hometowns, Taddeo zooms in on the chaotic truths of their sexual desires with unflinching
Elissa Sweet
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rarely race through a piece of nonfiction the way I devoured Lisa Taddeo's THREE WOMEN. As you may have guessed, the book tells the story of three women, with the focus placed largely on their sex lives. From the first pages comes a nuanced and often upsetting portrait of the blurred lines of consent, the rough edges of love, and the millions of ways that women hide their true desires even from themselves. This book made me furious—Maggie's story of her relationship with her high school teache ...more
Christina (Bookwormmommyof3)
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly honest, deep, and three reflective points of view.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin by saying that I am very particular about the non-fiction I read just because I tend to not read it very often. When I picked up this ARC I thought what the hell and dove in. I WAS BLOWN AWAY. I read this entire thing back to front, front to back twice in about 4 days. Lisa Taddeo has written an eye opening book that explores many themes that women don't often get featured about.
I fell in love with Sloane, Lina and Maggie and I was drawn into each of their stories for different rea
Ellie Crisp
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this, it’s so captivating. The writing is magnificent and can’t believe it’s non-fiction. One of my favourites this year
Megan Bell
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
In Three Women, journalist Lisa Taddeo seeks to press her thumb against the pulse of female desire in America today through the lives of Maggie, a student in a romantic relationship with her teacher, Lina, an Indiana housewife seeking human touch through an affair, and Sloane, a sleek restaurateur whose husband enjoys watching her with other men. I read this book in practically one sitting, unable to tear myself away from the emotional complexity and narrative force of these women’s lives—at tim ...more
Zoe (readabilitea)
I wondered about the use of delicious looking fruit on the cover of this but I can tell you it is because you will DEVOUR this book. It's compelling and heartbreaking and these women will stay with you long after you finish the book. Not a flawless read - I didn't feel like I related to any of the women as much as I have some fictional characters - but nevertheless it is an excellent read about female desire and the power of sex and a masterclass in human emotions.
Adam Ross
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A major book. One I like to tell anyone willing to listen is a work that will launch a thousand think pieces. Why? Because it will give readers a chance to debate the fate of sex in marriage, the place of infidelity in marriage, and, most importantly, how women struggle to negotiate desire in untenable relationships. What sets the book apart are, first, Taddeo's--let's just be highfaluting--negative capability. She gets so deeply beneath her subjects' skin, so close to their sensibilities, that ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the object of desire dictated the narrative, that was where I found the most magnificence, the most pain,” writes Lisa Taddeo, author of “Three Women”. She isn’t kidding. From the first page, I was immediately obsessed with Taddeo’s delicious delve into desire, or the lack of, through the eyes and lives of Lina, Maggie and Sloan. Take a slightly salacious, sometimes heart-crushingly sad and a most definitely voyeuristic view of these women defined and, essentially destroyed, by their longin ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

Thank you to Indigo head office for the ARC in exchange for an honest review ✨🚺

Men are trash. Women don’t have enough positive sexual experiences. In summary, life is short, be sex positive and fuck while you’re happy.
No, in all seriousness this book is groundbreaking. Following the lives of three American women and how theirs sexual experiences affect their lives, outlooks, philosophies and how they are viewed by society. Truly heartbreaking. This is a book that should be feature
Kristine Olsen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I somehow managed to get a hold of this ARC while traveling and I was thrilled because I had seen it referenced in a Publisher’s Weekly some weeks before my trip. The premise of this book was very intriguing to me and it had already garnered some very positive reviews. I had no idea how hard this book would be to get through. If ever there was a clear example as to why many girls/women don’t speak up about their experiences, Maggie’s story is certainly that. I found many elements easily relatabl ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, cnf-memoir, audiobook
" don't know how a person can destroy you by the simple act of disappearing."

", the man who put his mouth all over you and then one day not only stopped that, but stopped acknowledging your existence..."
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall: Heartbreak, pain and love wrapped up in these complex stories of the lives of three women; three very different stories to tell but yet something so similar in each of them. This book really made me reflect on my own life too, given some of the similar emotions and situations I’ve found myself in – this book will stay with me for a while to come.
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Liv Abrams
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting and brutally honest exploration of female sexuality, told through the true stories of three women’s experiences. This is definitely an important book for highlighting our need to talk more openly about women and sex, and the tragic consequences if we don’t. However, the end felt simultaneously dragged out and like it was cut short and I found it quite dissatisfying, although I guess this is due to the non-fiction nature of the book and mirrors real-life more accurately than a lot ...more
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