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The Naked Truth: A Memoir

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“A formidable, addictive storyteller, Morgan provides a highly stimulating story of a midlife education in the messiness of modern sex and love. A steamy, liberating tale of self-exploration and self-love that encourages readers to ‘revel in your sexuality’” —Kirkus Reviews

Leslie Morgan, bestselling author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars, was a mom turning fifty, reeling from divorce and d—Kirkus
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Simon Schuster
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Julie Ehlers
Oh man, did I enjoy this book while I was reading it. In this memoir, Leslie Morgan briefly recounts her passionless marriage and brutal divorce before moving on to a resolution she makes in 2015 as she gets back into the dating pool: To have five boyfriends at once. I mean, why not? Of course, the definition of "boyfriend" is a bit loose (no pun intended) here, encompassing brief flings, friends-with-benefits, and relationships of a more serious nature. It was a ton of fun to read. Morgan is a ...more
Leslie Lehr
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brave and beautiful! Leslie Morgan inspires both awe and intimacy in this cross between Eat, Pray Love & Fifty Shades. As the editor of Mommy Wars, she guided me through my breakout essay and later admitted she could see my divorce looming between the lines. Turns out, I was suffering from a kind of domestic violence that related to her bestselling memoir and call to arms, Crazy Love. So, when I started reading The Naked Truth, we had so much in common - things that most women going through ...more
Cindy
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
okay, I have to say this book was really only marginally interesting to me. In fairness to the author, I was born and raised at a time when sexuality was a private, and monogamous way of life.
I get that she is recently divorced after decades of marriage to a a man who was emotionally and sexually repressive. I get that she was looking for adventure, and her own self esteem and approval. don't quite get why she needed 5 men to do that.
Katie Janowicz
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think maybe my subconscious brought me to this book because I was missing Vivian’s voice from City of Girls!! I had not heard of it but it was in the new books section at our tiny Hampshire library. I devoured this memoir and loved every bit. It was definitely vivid with details on the post divorce adventures she went on but I so appreciate the vulnerability she put onto these pages and the hopeful message she ended with. I am definitely going to read her first memoir, Crazy Love, in the near ...more
Mediaman
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
How this woman is considered an expert at anything I don't know--she seems completely immoral, has an annoying writing style, certainly isn't a good mother or wife based on what she wrote here, and is what one would call a classic B-word. But she got paid to write an entire book complaining about the five men she bedded after getting a divorce at age 49. She's a complete hypocrite throughout, doing the very things she objects that men do (including complaining about one of the men who bedded her ...more
Marilyn
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to gather my thoughts about this book. It was an interesting read and very fun at times to live vicariously through Leslie's five flings (one serious "relationship" if you can call it that), but something about this book made me uncomfortable and it's not about the sex. I was kind of surprised at her lack of awareness about men and her unhealthy reaction to male attention, both good and bad. Also, unless I missed it, I was puzzled that she didn't discuss safe sex - using condoms ...more
Alli
Sep 06, 2019 added it
Threw this book across the bed more than a couple times in absolute terror of its both pinpoint accuracy and thematic personal relevancy. This might be one to convert from the library borrow list to Barnes & Noble purchase while likewise suffering a certain late 40s female crossroads. Impeccable writing elevates the dirty bits, standard excellence from a fellow Crimson alum.
Kayo
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honest and a bit cringe-worthy, this is quite a read. Well done.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
M. Sarki
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Not my cup of tea even though I do love salacious sex and storied infidelities. The book was in many ways too juvenile, especially for a trained writer and experienced woman such as Leslie Morgan. The writing was actually not good at all I am sorry to say and I abandoned the book before the halfway mark.
Robin
I'm not sure how I feel about this book except fascinated, frustrated, and a little annoyed. More to come.

Thanks to the publisher for the advanced digital reading copy.
Karen LeBlanc
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What are you willing to settle for in life and love? What risks are you willing to take to find a relationship that feeds your soul and your body? Leslie Morgan in her memoir, The Naked Truth, explores these questions with raw and graphic honesty, candy-coating nothing while leaving every detail of her sexual awakening available to the reader.

The Naked Truth is a searing and vulnerable memoir that explores the author’s midlife sexual awakening after a marriage devoid of affection, se
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Vivian Stevenson
I would like to give a huge thanks to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

►Disclaimer: I am not rating the memoir based on the story. This is obviously the author telling people about a chunk of her life. I am rating this based on how well she was able to tell the story.

► This is a very entertaining take on what to do when you turn 50. I'm sure there are a lot of people who didn't agree with what she did and that is okay. I think what she did was
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Tangled in Text
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book terrified me, but I loved it because it got me to think. It was brutally honest towards two of my biggest insecurities. That after twenty years of marriage your husband might admit that your hugs disgust him and you realize you haven't had sex in two years and then the stereotype played out for an adult that chooses never to have kids.

To hear you are never safe even after twenty years of marriage is disheartening to say the least. This book pretty much embodies all the reasons I was t
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Guinevere
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very generously given this book before it's publishing date for my honest review by Netgalley and Simon & Schuster. Leslie definitely has a way with words, and creating her journey after her divorce. I felt like I was there with her. This book follows Leslie through the end of an emotionally abusive relationship to casual dating five men. You are never too old to learn new lessons. She proves that just because you are pushing fifty, doesn't mean you can be confident, and sexy. It doesn ...more
Paola Mendoza
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is a well written memoir that opened my eyes to women's sexuality. Even though it is a true story about a women, it helped me understand men better, and even people in general. The author does a great job of reflecting on her experiences, and explained how and what she learned from them. Even though I'm younger than the author and have never been married or divorced, I was able to identify with her in so many ways. She is so bold for putting herself out into the world of lo ...more
Jennifer
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars, if I could. I wasn't sure about this book, at first, as I don't read memoir and the prose style is pretty casual. Its themes grabbed me, however: a twice-divorced woman decides to rebuild her sexual and emotional confidence by having five lovers in a year, preferably simultaneously. The book is pretty frank about sex, which was fine, and has a lot to say, I think, to many women who are figuring out how to be fully sexual creatures in this culture, which is still some ...more
Ina
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A friend suggested I read this and - more out of politeness than anything else - I placed a hold at my library for this book. It looks and sounds....salacious. In reality it is a very insightful book about a woman’s recovery from a divorce at age 49. The thoughts and feelings about her long-term marriage, her husband, her place in the family, the fear and other emotions she grapples with post-divorce were the same thoughts and feelings I also experienced. While the author worked through her emot ...more
Honey Rand
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG, Leslie puts it out there and doesn't give a rip about how people react to it. I already recommended this book to someone, mid-'40s recently divorced. We each find ourselves, if we're going to, through a highly individual path. That Leslie is smart and beautiful and independent gives her on the outside all the advantages. It doesn't change what she has to manage on the inside. In this book, she takes us with her through self-discovery, self-trust development, self-respect and more. She gener ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A candid, explicit account of the author's post divorce journey of rediscovering her sexuality. Morgan ended a dead marriage and jumped into casual sex with younger men. She seemed to find them everywhere and wasn't shy. These casual hook ups were almost too cliche, until she meets an old boyfriend and she falls hard. Only to discover that he's petty, spiteful, and cruel. Ultimately, she discovers, that despite the sex, she is still her own best company. Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.
Kathleen Gorka
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This memoir is an open, at times raw, story of rediscovery after a broken marriage after 50. It began a little slow, repetitive for me, as I was losing track of which guy was which. However, as I continued reading, Leslie's story evolved with deeper meaning, questions, and emotions that we all can relate to. At times I found myself saying, 'Wow, she's putting it all out there! Good for her!' I ended up thoroughly enjoying this memoir.
Sherri
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
In this memoir, the author -- a 49-year-old divorcee at the time -- dedicates a year to finding 5 lovers. The premise of this book excited me. Morgan writes openly and frankly, and she had me laughing at times. All-in-all, though, this book wasn't terribly memorable for me and I didn't finish it because I kept forgetting to come back to it.
Antoinette Pack-Smith
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this memoir. I could relate to her dating woes! I laughed and even felt her pain when she was dating Jake. I would recommend this book to any woman at any age that is in the dating game. However, eliminating sex when dating makes a world of difference. Many people confuse lust with love.
Jillian Reise
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was eye opening, entertaining and awesome to read. Leslie made me see just how lucky I am to have married the man I did. From a happily married women of 17yrs I learned as much from this book as many divorced women most likely will. It was great!
Kathryn
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This story is so current. I'm sure many women can relate to it, whether you're in a relationship or not. I'm very happy this made it into my non-fiction reads of this year. The narrator was great too. This story is all about the disorganization of relationships, the steamy side of them, and the self-worth we all should have in ourselves. If you're looking for a good audiobook to listen to, I will recommend this one every single time.
Nancy Fink
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun, mindless romp. Not too much to take seriously in this book. Three stars instead of two because it will undoubtedly make some people remember that being happy is your own job first, not someone else’s.
Davina
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
Interesting look at reconstructing an identity post-divorce, but how in the world could she have never heard the term "MILF" or known ;) is a winky face!? Apparently they don't use that kind of gutter language in the Hamptons.
Rochelle
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a quick, sassy read. Reading as the author opened herself up and focused on being vulnerable struck a cord
Holly Thomas
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, fast read!

This was a wonderful change of pace for me. Very good book. Well written and never lost focus. Will definitely look for more of her books!
Nicole
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
3.5, rounded down. A solid memoir about sex and dating at 50.
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I am the author of four books:

The New York Times bestselling memoir about relationship abuse, Crazy Love
The anthology Mommy Wars
The Baby Chase, which explores infertility and surrogacy
My latest memoir, The Naked Truth, which explores female sexuality, self-esteem and dating after 50.

One of the best things I ever did was from 2006-2008 I wrote over 500 columns for the
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