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The Life Swap

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"LET'S SWAP LIVES" began the ad Nancy Weber placed in The Village Voice in February, 1973. Thirty-one, a swinging single writer, happy but yearning, Nancy wanted another woman to witness her life from within while Nancy was living a whole new kind of existence-loving strangers as her own (including kids, she hoped), doing other work, assuming a different dailiness. She and ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published December 5th 2005 by (first published 1974)
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Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live someone else's life? Nancy Weber didn't just wonder, she decided to actually DO it. This is an intriguing look at what happened when she placed an ad for someone to swap lives with. A very open minded look at life in the 1970's.
* Thank you to Goodreads for this first reads giveaway*
Andra Ivanyi
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look into what it was like to be confident, well-off and curious in the mid-70s in Manhattan, free to be deliciously narcissistic during an incredibly narcissistic era. A terrific read about an inevitable "disaster," as the author later called it. Well, of course it was! Our lives are uniquely ours because of a thousand decisions, from whom to marry to which paintings we hang where. How Weber assumed these were details that could be thrown on or off like a coat is beyond me. I didn ...more
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Maryka by: found it on the new books table at B. Dalton in Kansas City
Shelves: memoir
This is one of my most frequently re-read books - I sat up all night reading it the first time. Musing on what makes each of us who we are, wondering if taking on the environment, work, friends and lovers of another will make her more other than self, Nancy Weber initiated this adventure.

1970s Greenwich Village, a mix of creative and crazy characters, the reactions of Nancy's and Micki's (the swap partner) friends to the experiment, their emotional roller coaster --
all this drew me in to Nancy's
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the book my life exchange was based on, it's a really intriguing read. I highly recommend. Fascinating and frustrating. Nancy is a gracious, lovely person today - she hosted the life exchange.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
Not like anything else I've ever read.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting as an historical document of feminism in the 1970s.
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