Sex and the Seasoned Woman

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Gail Sheehy

Narrated By: Gail Sheehy

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2006

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


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.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • suzski

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

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