Sex and Sensibility: 28 True Romances from the Lives of Single Women

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Genevieve Field
Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
It's all about you. Your apartment. Your job. Your dates. Your sex life. Your time off. Your exercise. Your food. Your music. Your future. What are you waiting for? Who will you love? What is it, really, that you want?
The life of a single woman in the twenty-first century is full of new connections, new sex, new love, and new loss. It's about letting the laundry pile up, sipping strong drinks with near strangers, and dishing to girlfriends on those foggy-headed, flushed morning-afters. But it isn't all heightened connections and steamy dates. The single girl is no stranger to the scramble for a Saturday night plan, the oh-so-promising guy who took her number at a party and then -- poof! -- disappeared, the ever narrowing circle of unattached girlfriends....
In Sex and Sensibility twenty-nine of today's most acclaimed -- and often bestselling -- female authors write about the push-pull between independence and vulnerability, fearlessness and self-doubt that defines single life. Jennifer Weiner, Pam Houston, Laurie Notaro, Amy Sohn, and Julianna Baggott are just a few of the real-life heroines whose stories about long-distance dating, twenty-something divorce, online crushes, and thrilling one-night stands make up this funny, frank, and unabashedly erotic celebration of singlehood and sisterhood -- a quintessential handbook for today's independent woman.

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Edited by Field, cofounder of the edgy sex-centric web site, this book collects 28 essays by women about romance and the single life. Always refreshingly honest, often laugh-out-loud funny ... Read full review

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Confessions of a Teenage Cocktease
Two Dollars a Word
In the Bowl of Lights That Is La
Sexual Healing
A Model Boyfriend
Suddenly Single
Travel Love
In Translation
One Way to Stay Warm in Winter
Where the Boys Were
Whereya Headed?
The Socalled Wife
Plot vs Character
Mikki Halpin
Hiding the
Need to Know about Romance I Learned

Lisa Gabriele
Around the World in 80 Dates
Herland Revisited
Medusas Sister
Do You Take This Woman?
The Feast of San Gennaro
Cut and Shave
Girl Times Two Minus
Someone Old Someone Blue

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Page 234 - It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Page 44 - I thought of my past life as a waste, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that I needed that part of my life as something to look back on.
Page 70 - Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it we were having dinner together in the Japanese restaurant down at the end of the mall.
Page 77 - Frenchmen didn't like the fact that I was American. They often couldn't place my accent, but when I placed it for them, they'd say things like, "I find most American women are fat and stupid as cows.
Page 81 - I caught on. It took a month or two before I lost the liquid eyeliner and didn't replace it. And eventually it got too hot for the bolero jacket, which went to the back of the closet. I knew it wouldn't resurface.
Page 10 - I'd only been with boys who'd treated my body like some sort of finicky appliance, twisting my nipples, pressing on my clitoris as though this alone would send me into some wild and frothy spin cycle.
Page 78 - T. was in a corner booth with a crowd of guys, and then, I'm not sure how it came to be, I was sitting next to him, his arm wrapped around me, our faces an inch apart.
Page 79 - T. lived in the north of Paris near a fish market. We did a few datelike things, but mostly we lazed in a cot in the blue kitchen of his tiny apartment.
Page 81 - T. and I faxed. Phone calls were ten dollars a minute. When the ice thawed, there were boxes of letters that arrived day after day. There were photographs of penguins...

About the author (2005)

Genevieve Field is a senior editor at Glamour. She is the cofounder of the Web magazine Nerve (, the editor of Nerve: The New Nude, and the coeditor of Nerve: Literate Smut and Full Frontal Fiction.

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