Unzipped: What Happens when Friends Talk about Sex--a True Story

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Doubleday, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 341 pages
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The dark and dirty secrets of the mating and dating scene are exposed as Courtney Weaver hears all from her friends--and tells a few secrets of her own--in this true-life Bridget Jones meets Tales of the City.
Sexuality in the '90s is a different animal: While men and women have been given the tools to communicate, they haven't been given the instructions. With audacious, witty, and sometimes scandalous writing, Courtney Weaver's Unzipped follows her life and those of her friends as they attempt to navigate the waters of intimate relationships without paddles.
Weaver, whose column "Unzipped" was "Salon magazine's most popular feature, lends an indulgent ear to her friends as they wrestle with the lure of having sex with exes, predict bedroom prowess from kisses, and search for the most tactful way to reclaim favorite pieces of clothing left behind after messy breakups. Harriet is convinced that a concrete set of '50s-era rules is the only way to catch a mate, while Jemma turns to her own shocking set of rules in order to fulfill her desires. Meanwhile, Weaver's single-mom hairstylist Marie lends a sympathetic ear and an acerbic tongue when she too uncovers a sexual scandal in her own backyard.
In the tradition of Tales of the City, but peopled with characters you might actually meet, Unzipped is a work of narrative nonfiction that explores all the complexities of sex in the '90s.

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This book eavesdrops play by play on the sex-and-love lives of the author and her friends as they share gossip, stories, laughter, and tears. By turns hilarious, banal, and rather sad, her chronicle ... Read full review


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Courtney Weaver wrote the popular column "Unzipped" for Salon magazine for over two years.  She graduated from Brown University with a degree in semiotics and later received an M.A. in creative writing from New York University.  She has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and the BBC, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times.  In addition to appearing on ABC-TV's "Politically Incorrect," she has written for the Washington Post, Allure, Marie Claire, and the San Francisco Examiner.  Unzipped is her first book.

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