Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage

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Da Capo Press, Feb 10, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on this topic presuppose that the reader is ready to embrace an “alternative lifestyle,” Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are curious about or engaged in open marriages are in fact more like her — normal people who question whether monogamy is right for them; good people who love their spouses but want variation; capable parents who are not deviant just because they choose to be honest about their desires. Open challenges our notions of what traditional marriage looks like, and presents one woman's journey down an uncertain path that ultimately proves open marriage is a viable option for her and others.
 

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User Review  - kateminasian - LibraryThing

Jennifer Block can't understand why she wants to see intimacy outside her marriage, and Open is the tale of how she got to the point of having an open relationship with her husband. While Open was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - mephistia - LibraryThing

A very interesting look at the dynamics and communications that are present in open relationships and polyamorous marriages. It's also an interesting deconstruction of several social preconceptions of ... Read full review

Contents

whats a girl to do?
1
my orgasm my self
23
just pick someone already
59
everyone else manages to do it why cant i?
93
this is a test
125
having our cake and eating it too
147
you cant run out of love
171
its not necessarily what you think
193
the four notsoeasy steps
223
our very own happily ever after
237
christophers afterword
251
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About the author (2009)

Jenny Block writes for Women’s Health, The Dallas Morning News, American Way, www.ellegirl.com, BeE, bRILLIANT, People Newspapers, Stone, Where, and D. She also has work in the books It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters (Seal Press, 2006) and Letters to my Teacher (Adams, 2005), as well as in the forthcoming book, Have I Got a Guy For You: Fix-ups and Blind Dates Coordinated By Our Mothers (Viking, forthcoming 2007). In addition, her writing has appeared in Chow, Pointe, Virginia Living, Style Weekly, Tango, Richmond Magazine, and Literary Mama. The inspiration for Open stems from the piece, “Portrait of an Open Marriage” (attached), which ran in Tango, and was reprinted by Cosmopolitan Germany and The Huffington Post. Jenny was also interviewed about the story on Chick Chat Radio, and for the daily newspaper a.m. New York.

Jenny holds both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught composition for nearly ten years. She has also taught at the University of Richmond and Strayer University, as well as lectured at academic conferences across the country. Jenny has written numerous academic ancillaries for the Newsweek Education Program, Addison Wesley Longman, and Simon and Schuster.

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