This morning, I finished reading Better Than I Ever Expected and was telling a friend about it. She asked, "Do you recommend it?" Yes! Here's what I like about this book. I found the author's personal story, her joie de vivre, her direct facing of the realities of making love with an aging body both refreshing and inspiring. By interweaving her story through the various chapter topics and providing the comments of other women on those same topics ... from finding a lover to using sex toys ... we get to see how much company we have at this time of life. I met things in the words of these women that I have pondered or struggled with in my own life and realized that however unique we are and however different our life paths have been, we are all sisters under the skin with bodies going through the same changes. Very reassuring. And at this time in our cultural history when sex is so controversial and often under attack, it's wonderful to find books that see sex as a normal, healthy part of life ... something necessary for one's health and well-being, whatever form it takes for each of us.
Which reminds me, I've also recently finished reading Being French! A Frenchman's Guide to a More Sensual Life (Kindle only), a book I absolutely adored for its humor, wisdom, the breadth of the topics covered and the inspiration it gave me to lead a more sensual life, and I have to say that Better Than I Ever Expected was a fine companion read.
I would add, however, that the first part of the book is overall better written than the end, that sometimes the formatting in Kindle got a bit confusing ... with author narrative stopping and a new section of quotes or a side bar from another expert ... and then the narrative picking up again. My sense is that this is an issue with the Kindle edition and as the author intends to reissue the book, that should be cleared up in a later edition. Sometimes there was an extra space mid-word that was only a little distracting. Again, Kindle formatting.
But those little things aside, this book is definitely worth it for the sweet love story Joan Price shares, for the way it gives voice and guidance to women embracing sex in later life, and for the the great collection of resources she assembles at the end of the book. I've already ordered a book she recommended. And I plan to take part in her next survey. (Details on that in the book.) And honestly, this is a book I wish I had had in my 40s. If you're younger than 60, don't hesitate to read it. You'll learn so much, and your after 60 sex life will be better for it.