Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life

Version: Abridged
Author: Gail Sheehy
Narrator: Gail Sheehy
Genres: Women's Health, Intimacy & Sex
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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A seasoned woman is spicy. She has been marinated in life experience. . . . She can be alternately sweet, tart, bubbly, mellow. She can be maternal and playful. Bossy and submissive. Strong and soft. . . . The seasoned woman knows who she is. She could be any one of us, as long as she is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of life.
In her most groundbreaking work since Passages and The Silent Passage, bestselling author Gail Sheehy reveals a hidden cultural phenomenon–increased vitality in women’s sex and love lives after fifty. Sex and the Seasoned Woman is the story of an intimate revolution taking place under our very noses.
Boomer generation women in midlife are open to sex, love, dating, new dreams, exploring spirituality, and revitalizing their marriages as never before. This is a new universe of passionate, liberated women–married and single–who are unwilling to settle for the stereotypical roles of middle age and are now realizing they don’t have to. As life spans grow longer and as societal constraints continue to loosen, older women–once free of the exhausting demands of young children, needy husbands, and demanding careers–find themselves ready to pursue the passionate life. They embrace their “second adulthood” as a period of reawakening.
Written in Sheehy’s singularly compelling style, combining interviews and research, this book gives voice to more than a hundred fascinating and colorful women. The inspiring stories tell of wives who reinvigorate their marriages after their children leave the nest as well as divorced, widowed, and long-single women who find new dreams and new loves. Sheehy delineates a crucial link between cultivating a new dream and reopening the pathway to intimacy and sexual pleasure. She also examines the latest medical breakthroughs addressing symptoms that have unnecessarily curtailed women’s sex lives.
From women who find their sexuality reawakened by a younger lover, to couples whose marriages survive health crises and grow stronger, to women who finally find a soulmate in their sixties, to stories from seasoned sirens in their seventies, eighties, and even nineties, these portraits cover an enormous range of experience. In them, Sheehy locates the universal patterns that enable us all to recognize and understand our own lives.

Reviews (4)

Just Okay

Written by suzski on May 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Although this book has some interesting points, I was turned off by the choice of people the author interviewed. Many seemed to be in the 1/3 of wealth, and I found that I really could not relate to a woman capable of jetting around the world with her new love/lust. I wish that the author had talked with the 'average' seasoned woman instead of just those that appeared to be at the top of their would have made me relate better.

A pipe dream

Written by Anonymous from Kennett Square, PA on February 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found it an interesting academic discussion. It has no basis in reality when it comes to my life or marriage.


Written by Anonymous on January 30th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

its a short book so its not too bad...i felt it was kind of redundant.


Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on August 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

this book was... well, read by the author, which is often a pro for me.. and the author is female, which to me is typically more interesting to listen to than a male narrator. HOWEVER, this lady is more interesting to listen to reading the credits at the end of the book than the book itself. There were glimmers of hope through out the book of interesting studies and data, but the rest of it just dragged on and on, like someone reading their day to day journal.

Author Details

Author Details

Sheehy, Gail

Gail Sheehy is the world-renowned author of fifteen books, including "Passages", which remained on the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in twenty-eight languages.

As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to "New York" magazine. A contributing editor to "Vanity Fair" since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both President Bushes, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former speaker of the house