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Three Women
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
From a thrilling new talent, Lisa Taddeo, Three Women is a mesmerizing work of narrative journalismreported over eight yearsabout the sex lives and desires of three ordinary American women. Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the northeast, is married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Maggie, a high school student in North Dakota, begins a relationship with her married English teacher that will have extraordinary consequences for them bothas well as the community in which they live. For nearly a decade, Lisa Taddeo, an award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to New York magazine and Esquire, embedded herself with three ordinary women to write this deeply immersive account of their erotic lives and longings. The resultshocking, powerful, and timelyreads like George Packers The Unwinding, but for the state of female desire. Three Women is a major work from an exhilarating new talent.
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UnabridgedPod
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I could have continued reading the stories of the three women at the heart of Lisa Taddeo's work of investigative journalism for a thousand more pages. The alternating strength and vulnerability that Lina, Sloane, and Maggie each displays at various points in her story is so relatable, so infuriating, so devastating. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Taddeo's intention--to recount the sexual lives of women in America--is interwoven of her growing understanding of what it means to be a woman. Taddeo frames the book with her own mother's experiences, making the source of her own interest clear. ⠀

The three narratives reinforce each other, highlighting new insights about the ways that women alter themselves to continue existing in a world centered on men and their needs. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod I was heartbroken each time one of the women dared to hope that she had found someone who could love her without her having to alter herself, each time she thought she had connected to another woman whose friendship could withstand the intrusions of men, each time her family let her down. I was rooting for these women on every page. ⬇️ 1w
UnabridgedPod I was unfuriated by the men who are able to escape punishment despite their abuse, assault, and corruption. If anyone questions the need for the #metoo movement, hand that person this book.⠀

While I noticed the excellence of Taddeo's writing, she is absorbed into the narratives of her subjects except when she chooses to share her own history to highlight or complement their stories. What a stunning, powerful, important work of nonfiction.
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EmMcKee
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I devoured this book--such that I didn't stop to type out passages that knocked something loose in my soul here and there. Highly recommend reading for any woman. It is eye-opening, deft, deep, and genuine.

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alecia3dixie
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I saw this book everywhere! Everyone was reading it, so I decided hey why not. I didn't read the synopsis, so this was not the kind of book I usually read. It was very crude and vulgar. A lot of times it made me feel very uncomfortable. But I felt like the book was just that. Sex, profanity, and crass. I didnt feel an actual story of any kind. I would only rate 3/5 stars.

MelissaSue81 I requested it without reading the synopsis too. I didn‘t really dislike the subject matter, but I found the writing style to be pretentious. 2w
alecia3dixie Yes exactly! 2w
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Manoshgirl51
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Hey guys! How would you prefer seeing my reviews? Would you like me to do a few at a time like I have been or would you like me to post after every book I read? Any feedback is greatly appreciated :)
(this book I am currently reading for a book club so I won't habe a review up right away, but stay tuned!)

marleed I think whatever works for you! I tend to post as soon as I read because of pure volume of books I finish. But at the same time, my thoughts sometimes change as the book sits with me for a while. 2w
Manoshgirl51 @marleed thanks for the feedback! :) 2w
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ephemeralwaltz
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Reusing the photo for my last post for #covercrush 🔥 #7days7covers #day7
(I enjoy the cover way more than I did the actual book....)

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lkurgs
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“There are two high schools in town, just as there are two Americas. There are men and there are women and one still rules the other in certain pockets of the country, in moments that are not televised. Even when women fight back, they must do it correctly. They must cry the right amount and look pretty but not hot.”

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Augustdana
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Couldn‘t finish this book because I was so disturbed by Maggie‘s story. Had to return it to the library and move on.

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rajithr
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Meredithtew
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One_With_Books
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I can‘t even put in to words how this book made me feel. I felt so sorry for Maggie. Felt strong desire for Sloane. Lina I couldn‘t help but feel so much annoyance and frustration.
Each story was so powerful and moving in its own way. So much personality, such strong emotions.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rajithr Definitely ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1mo
MrBook On my shelf, hopefully I‘ll get to it soon. 🙈 1mo
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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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I‘m in a terrible reading slump right now. I‘m still reading, but everything I read I dislike. With this book I can‘t tell how much of it is slump related and how much is book related. Maggie‘s story hit too close to home. And I decided to call it quits after Taddeo says that Sloane “gave herself an eating disorder.” One does not give oneself a mental illness. Maybe I‘m overreacting, but I found that statement so insensitive.

PerksOfBeingABookworm Maybe I‘ll come back to this book when it doesn‘t feel so raw. But for now, I need to stop reading it. 1mo
Megabooks I really hated this book. I felt her look into these women‘s lives didn‘t sit well with me. 1mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Megabooks Yes! I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one who feels weird about it. I thought it would be more academic, but it felt like voyeurism instead. What is it adding to our understanding of women‘s sexual desires? 1mo
Megabooks @PerksOfBeingABookworm Yes! It felt almost creepily titilating and pornographic! 1mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Megabooks I agree! I can handle explicit content; but, this felt unnecessarily pornographic. It didn‘t seem to serve a purpose, which is paradoxical, given the point of the book. 1mo
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squirrelbrain
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Rather an obvious choice, this one, but it certainly fits for #whenikissedtheteacher....

#septembersins

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One_With_Books
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On to the next! ❤️
#reading #relaxing #longday #lovetoread

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Mrsgarrisonreads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed three women because it explored their sexuality and their lives. This book showed women in their sexuality and all their flaws.She followed these women through their lives for a few years and wrote about them, their desires, their pain, happiness.I was fascinated throughout the book by how vulnerable and flawed the women were. TW-Rape,Talks of Suicide,Slut Shaming,Statutory Rape,Fat Shaming,anorexia link in bio

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rajithr
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The best non-fiction I read this year. Felt heart broken for Maggie. Lina's story is so surreal. Highly recommended 👌👍😍♥️

Reggie The whole part about the trial for Maggie made me sooooo angry!!!!! What teacher has any business talking to my daughter (I have no kids) after midnight for 4 hours. Those jurors were stupid. 1mo
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CareBear
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It‘s the most wonderful time of the year!

Crazeedi Love football season! 1mo
AmyG I love reading tofootball games. 1mo
SarahHarts_books Yup! He watches football all day = 📖 I read all day. 😂 1mo
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Mollyanna 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Melissa_J I know! Hockey season is about to start. That‘s totally what you meant, right? 😂 1mo
CareBear @Crazeedi @AmyG isn‘t it the best? @SarahHarts_books ❤️ @Melissa_J 🤣 that works too! 1mo
Crazeedi @Melissa_J @CareBear yep! Love hockey too😍 1mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Metric century on my 🚲 this morning, reading on the deck in my zero-g chair this evening. It‘s been a beautiful day for both activities!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll be interested in your review!!! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Taddeo functions as both a reporter and a novelist in this riveting read. I couldn‘t put the book down & I found the writing gripping however when I got to the last page I didn‘t feel satisfied or educated. I‘m not sure this book serves any purpose but that‘s not to say Im sorry I read it. I don‘t believe this is an accurate account of WOMEN today although I‘m sad to know it certainly represents some. Pick for the prose & keeping me engaged.

BarbaraBB Well written, I agree with what you say even though it was a so-so for me. 1mo
Cinfhen I can understand why it was only so-so for you @BarbaraBB 1mo
Megabooks It was a pan for me for me because, despite being upfront about being about “women‘s sexuality”, I found it needlessly prurient & titillating in a pain-inducing way especially in regards to the teacher-student relationship. It certainly wasn‘t as representative of women‘s sexuality as the blurb on BOTM claimed, & I felt it was overly emotionally pornographic in regards to the women‘s complicated relationships with partners and their own sexuality. 1mo
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Megabooks Phew! That said, I can see how there are a variety of feelings about this. I‘ve thought about a reread because I had such a strong response. We‘ll see. 1mo
Cinfhen I understand you‘re feelings towards this book @Megabooks but I thought the endless descriptive sexual passages were on point with the women‘s stories/emotions/ longings especially in the teacher/student storyline. I felt most strongly towards Maggie and that particular story. 1mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen @megabooks I felt the marketing for this book was really off... but the title fits perfectly. It‘s not a representative sample and doesn‘t draw any conclusions about ‘female desire‘, it‘s simply just three different women‘s stories... probably the three women who ended up being the most open and honest whilst she was researching, and that Taddeo found herself most drawn to. 1mo
TrishB Great review. Three women‘s stories can never be representative. I just didn‘t like the writing or stories enough. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading @KarenUK I heard that she had a lot of different women at first (I forget the number) and then most backed out. I think that would have been a more representative book. I think it‘s more about how this book was marketed. It seems it was marketed as it was pitched and not how it ended up. 1mo
Cinfhen @Prairiegirl_reading @KarenUK the forward of the book states that she began initially following men, then to women and I think the study had 26 but most dropped out over time but these 3 remained most honest, open & committed to the “project” I thought their stories were interesting but there were a lot of similarities ( all were white, 2 were Catholic, all experienced a sexual trauma early on in life, all seemed to have “daddy issues”) 1mo
Megabooks Cindy, @KarenUK @Prairiegirl_reading I started rereading it, & she didn‘t seem to want to drop the universality of it, even after so many women dropped out. As Cindy pointed out they‘re white, straight, cisgender, mostly Christian women with a lot of similarities. From her intro of talking about her mother, it seemed there were some issues she had an agenda to explore. That‘s fine but be more upfront about it. I was sold one thing & got another. (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Very true @Megabooks she spent 8 years but in terms of “field findings” and the “exploration” I need to roll my eyes 🙄 1mo
Reggie I liked what Sloan has to say about giving her husband a list of 30 things to get from the store and how he never gets it all right. And how she could be mad about those 5 things he missed but sometimes she comes home and there are things done she doesn‘t ask him to do. (Walking an invisible dog,lol) Sometimes it‘s about perspective. I think there were a lot of takeaways from this book. Glad you liked it. 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s funny @Reggie because from the 3 stories, I found Sloan the less interesting. I couldn‘t relate to her storyline at all. It‘s true that women judge women more harshly. 1mo
Blaire I felt the exact same way. Wished there had been data or some broader take aways, but I also found it totally engaging. It made for a great book club discussion. 1mo
Blaire Also one thing that I learned after reading it is that the author actually organized the group of women in Indiana and was the person the Indiana woman confided in during the affair. So she had a part in sort of creating some of the scenes. 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s so interesting @Blaire and doesn‘t surprise me....I had a feeling she was involved in that woman‘s group. That seems a bit disingenuous NOT mentioning that she was the facilitator 🙄Did most bookclub members like or dislike the book??? 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen most liked it. Everyone read it...lots of discussion about the way the women viewed themselves, lack of self-determination. Also concerns about author‘s methods, wished within the book she had explained what she‘d done. And concern with repercussions to the women for sharing and for their children. I know Maggie‘s name was real bc of court case, but was unclear what steps if any were taken to anonymize the other two. 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen also lots of about how it was written like fiction it was easy to forget it was non-fiction...which I think worked as an immersive experience and our book club as a whole was very engaged but also uncomfortable. 1mo
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Copwithabook
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Since I am now back on nights (and fully awake while my whole household sleeps at 4 a.m.), I‘m gonna try to knock out some of my #bookofthemonth books. Up next is Three Women.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are reading this one for our January #Botmbuddyread if you want to pop back in for discussion!!! 1mo
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Mitch
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There‘s just soooo much to,talk about with this book.... it raised so many questions as I was reading it.

https://electricliterature.com/what-does-three-women-tell-us-about-the-sexual-de...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds interesting 1mo
TheBookHippie Yup! Discussion is going to be good!!! 1mo
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DoonTheGoon
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As stated in my last post... reading has been a real challenge for me since my breakup. I've barely turned any pages in months... and that in and of itself is heartbreaking to me. I realized, though, that it's actually a good thing. Reading used to be my escape from my life... now that I'm free and truly happy, I don't need it the way I used to.
Tonight, I read for pleasure... not for escaping pain.
xx

EH2018 💕📚 1mo
LibrarianRyan You got this. 🌞🍭 1mo
Megabooks I‘m so glad you‘re happy now! Reading will find a place in your new life! 💜📚 1mo
ephemeralwaltz ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4d
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Cinfhen
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Lots of mixed reviews about this book have me very curious ~ it‘s my next read 🤓

Megabooks I‘m interested to see what you think! Are you back in Israel? 1mo
KarenUK Can‘t wait to see what you think.... 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m back @Megabooks and we are set for a #CountryChristmas 🤠🎄 1mo
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Cinfhen Did u read this one @KarenUK @Megabooks ???? 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Yee haw!! 🤠 And yes, I have read Three Women. Wasn‘t a fan. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
KarenUK I loved it! It reads like fiction (which works for me, but not for everyone) and I found each woman so brave to share so much, warts-and-all..... Their stories were challenging at times, but it really made me think. My bookclub are discussing it in January... (edited) 1mo
DivineDiana Love your family photograph! 💗 1mo
Cinfhen Awww, thanks @DivineDiana 😘 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve read the first few chapters and I‘m hooked!! I love her storytelling @KarenUK I have a feeling this is going to be a winner for me 🤞🏽 1mo
KarenUK Yay! 1mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts. It is well written indeed but I was not impressed by the plot. 🙊 1mo
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erinreads
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Thank you so much @catiewithac for my #hftss goodies! I‘m excited to read both of these books and how did you know cat office supplies were the way to my heart? 😹 And my own personalized cat bookmark! I love love love everything! 💕 And thank you @JoScho for hosting a fun, low key swap! #highfivetosummerswap

KatieDid927 The Identicals is so fun! 1mo
catiewithac Yay! I‘m so glad you liked everything! 🐱 (edited) 1mo
JoScho Great goodies! Thanks so much for participating 😘 1mo
monalyisha Cute bookmark! 1mo
EH2018 Yay! Nice!! 1mo
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akfreeborn
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This was a very interesting take on three specific sexual lives and how they got there. Well written non fiction that felt like a novel. Great read!

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thewillow
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Very interesting non-fiction

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rajithr
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Read an interview of the author, where she says she relates to Lina the most. I +1 that. Almost feels surreal to think that she is not a character, rather someone in flesh and blood.

Who do you relate to the most among the three?

Branwen Definitely Lina! 2mo
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WellReadCatLady
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This book was great! Really captures the issues and feelings of female sexuality. I do wish there was one woman with a healthy start to current experience with sex but that‘s probably very uncommon.

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rajithr
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A great book with a voice that cannot be ignored, loving it so far...

DavidDiamond Its in development as a series over at Showtime. 2mo
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Abailliekaras
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@mr_annie and I read the very buzzy ‘Three Women‘ and had a chat about women‘s desire. 😳 Subscribe to ‘Books On The Go‘ whenever podcasts live and take a listen! 🎧

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BarbaraBB
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I don‘t get the hype about this book. I feel like I‘ve read it a thousand times before or seen it it real life. And I feel like Taddeo wanted to point out how all women in the end turned out to be victims, which maybe these three are, but it‘a not as if that‘s always the case when women are having sex with other people then their husband or without being married. So the book annoyed me more than I enjoyed it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #NorthDakota

squirrelbrain Agree with your review.... 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I know what you mean now, about not liking it! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one. 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes, people seem to either love or hate it. 2mo
Rachel_nyc My library ebook just came through. Despite the hype, I‘ve been hesitant to read it and your review makes me even more sure I‘ll fee the same way. Still going to give it a shot but glad I know what I‘m getting into. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Maybe you‘ll like it, many people do. But to be honest, I doubt it 😉 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB ha ha! I doubted it before and with your review, I doubt it even more! I‘ll report back. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Looking forward to it 😀 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, interesting. So far I‘m captivated 1mo
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heidisreads
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This is Necessary #Nonfiction! Brave women, a brilliant writer. True stories of brave women. It reads like fiction. Important. Impactful.

Nute I‘m getting this book today! 2mo
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Denisereads75
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I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was greatly hyped and touted to be about the exploration of women's sexual desire. Unfortunately, I don't believe it lived up to what the writer intended. The women didn‘t come across as powerful but as victims to the men in their lives. Their stories left me sad and frustrated for them. I felt it was overly explicit which was completely unnecessary and actually took away from the three women's stories.

britt_brooke Completely agree with you! I “panned” it. 🙊 2mo
TrishB I bailed. 2mo
Megabooks Yup! 2mo
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squirrelbrain I agree with your review too! The ‘50 Shades‘ element just ruined it for me 😬 2mo
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @TrishB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain All you Guys bailed or panned? My peers! And I just started it... 😳 2mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB will be interested in your review 👍🏻 it‘s certainly eliciting some interesting opinions! 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I guess so. I am really scared now while it seemed a good read for my until now. I love some adultery 😂 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Yeah, the way she went about writing it was less than desirable, IMO. I always want people to like books, but this was one of the worst I finished this summer. 2mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Good luck! 😆 2mo
squirrelbrain Give it a go @BarbaraBB - I think it‘s 50/50 between those who loved it and those who.... didn‘t! 2mo
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thewallflower0707
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Three Women is a book that has already been widely discussed in my corner of the internet, so, easily influenced as I am concerning books, I had to read it myself. The first impression is certainly the cover with the fruit 🍎. The books tells the story of three women (huh) and their sexual experiences, which makes it a bit revolutionary. It‘s not fiction but not really non-fiction either. It offers a lot food for thought 💭.

#threewomen #cover

Come-read-with-me @thewallflower0707 I love this cover - it‘s beautiful! 2mo
thewallflower0707 @Come-read-with-me the cover is quite similar to the cover of the book I‘m reading now, Supper Club! Maybe that‘s a new trend. 2mo
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KarenUK
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This book is not for everyone, it‘s explicit at times, and TW for #metoo stories,but I found it utterly compelling.
It‘s not at all a cross section of women, the 3 women all being white and 20‘s-40‘s, but I found their complete honesty and raw emotions so brave.They expose every flaw, desire, fear and moment of self-loathing. At different times I could identify with each of them, even if overall sadly it was Maggie I could identify with the most.

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Jen2
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This book was intense, disturbing and worth reading. But have a nice happy book ready when you are done with this one.

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Lauren.Archer
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This book was absolutely riveting. I have never read anything like this before, and not sure I ever will. The intimate details that Taddeo wrote about these women were on a grand scale. While each story was good, the story of Maggie broke my heart. That is an important story that we all need to read and that portion alone stands on it‘s own merit.

Heatherfeather NEED to read this 2mo
Abailliekaras We just did this on the podcast (will upload on Monday)! So interesting. 2mo
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Blaire
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3 stories of desire, love, and sexual inclinations. Maggie - a teenager who slept with her teacher; Lina - a woman in a stable but passionless marriage, and Sloane - a beautiful restauranteur whose sense of self is wrapped up in meeting her husband‘s desires. There‘s no analysis by the author, but the depiction of each woman‘s internal struggles says a lot about women‘s power and how female desire is viewed internally and by society.

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Mem_ugh
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Panpan

This was my beach read last week and I was sorely disappointed by it. I felt it had a lot of promise and the stories were interesting but they didn‘t delve in deep enough. I found it lacking overall.

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Lauren.Archer
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Reading this for the Bad On Paper book club. There has been so much talk about this one, interested in finally digging in.

Mitch It‘s a book rich in material for discussion. Enjoy 🙌🏼 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Let us know what you think! 2mo
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Mowen036
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I had seen this book around and was having serious FOMO. Then my intern had brought it in to work and had been talking about it so I knew I needed to pick it up! It‘s about three women and their sexual journeys. The book really could have just centralized around one of the stories.

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Branwen
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Enjoying a nice warm evening on my balcony. Excited to be starting this one tonight! I keep reading conflicting reviews for this one so I'm interested to find out what the fuss is all about! 📚💕 Happy Friday, littens!

marleed I‘m intrigued by polarizing books. What freaks me out is when a book is in the 90 percentile for picks while I‘m a so-so! 2mo
Branwen @marleed Yes! I totally get that! It makes you feel like you're missing something! 2mo
marleed @Branwen I‘m still thinking I need to reread Where the Crawdads Sing because I missed the love boat on that one. 2mo
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Branwen @marleed I really loved that one! Maybe the second time around it will be better? Maybe after the hype dies down a little? 2mo
marleed Maybe when that damn town doesn‘t leave a girl to raise herself like she‘s Mowgli! Lol :) (edited) 2mo
Branwen @marleed AHAHAHAHA! You're not wrong! 🤣😂 2mo
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Mirandareads
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I thought the author did a great job providing an insight into these women‘s lives. I wasn‘t as shocked as a lot of people were by it. This definitely reads like fiction and is completely unputdownable!

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Blaire
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This first week post-vacation has me wiped out. It is crazy hot out but am giving myself a much needed wine and book break to celebrate getting past hump day of my daughter‘s first week back to school. Also...this book...a lot to discuss...we‘ve decided to move book club to a member‘s home instead of a restaurant bc I think the convo might cause a lot of stares from the other patrons. #backtoschool #humpday

readingjedi That's a lovely view! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 2mo
LauraBeth That light! 😍 2mo
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Come-read-with-me
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This is an absolutely stunning piece of nonfiction. In Taddeo‘ s masterful hands these three women literally leap off of the page and inhabit your heart and mind. This is a book that was almost impossible to put down because I was completely drawn into the lives of these ordinary, flawed, brave women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review... 💔 2mo
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Branwen
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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All my library holds came in at the same time! 📚💕 Which is not including the new Nora Roberts book I'm already in the middle of! 😲 #librarybookhaul #librarylove

ShyBookOwl That feeling always overwhelms me lol 2mo
britt_brooke Whoa, nice haul! Good luck! 2mo
MrBook Go figure! 🤦🏼‍♂️ 2mo
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Branwen @MrBook I know, right?! 😂🤣 @britt_brooke Thanks! I'll need it! 😁 @ShyBookOwl Same! It's super stressful! 😂🤣 2mo
heidisreads My library holds come in all at the same time quite often too! 2mo
Branwen @heidisreads It's wonderful and stressful all at the same time! 😆 2mo
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ephemeralwaltz
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Mehso-so

My views while reading this were much better than the book itself. This was a rollercoaster for me: at times I thought it was enthralling and at times I thought it was bland and lacking. This wasn't the journalistic, feminist text I was expecting on female desire, although I admire the bluntness with which Taddeo writes. I also found the stories' weight in the book to be uneven, Maggie's stood out for me. Beware of VERY graphic sexual content🔞😂

britt_brooke Nice review! I agree; Maggie‘s stood out for me too. 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @britt_brooke It was great, but it felt out of place with the other too. I don't fully understand the criteria she used to choose her three women.... And Maggie's story wasn't about her desire nor sex life lol 2mo
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squirrelbrain I agree with your review entirely. I felt that Maggie‘s story could have been a standalone book. And, being the accountant that I am, I worked out the split of the three women in the book - I just didn‘t want to own up to it before! 🤣 Maggie 45%, Lina 30%, Sloane 25% @britt_brooke (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke @ephemeralwaltz Great points! 2mo
britt_brooke @squirrelbrain 😆👏🏻 Accurate! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @squirrelbrain I knew it!🤣 And Sloane's story could've been so good. @britt_brooke 2mo
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Mitch
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Pickpick

Wow - this book stirred some strong reactions - often conflicting ones! It also lead me to question my own assumptions, prejudices and experiences - not always a comfortable place to be. The creative nonfiction format was interesting, and sometimes disorienting too. Perhaps the hardest book ever to review!

BarbaraBB Great review! 2mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Pickpick

This book is not for everyone. The subject matter is at times hard to read, it can be painfully familiar. The book comes across as raunchy and I felt a bit awkward as I read it. Then, I thought, isn't this the point of the book? The fact that women have had to downplay their desires for centuries. Desire is not shameful. It's part of being human. On the surface this book is about sex; dig deeper and it's about power, freedom, and self love.

SW-T Thanks for the thoughtful review. 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Interesting review!! 👏👏👏 2mo
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britt_brooke
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️ Too sexually explicit and voyeuristic for me to take it seriously. Taddeo‘s impressive writing gets lost in three interwoven narratives that read like nonfiction erotica. The salacious details add nothing, IMO, except word count. And the jumping from story to story and back again becomes a bit confusing even with different narrators. Returned to Audible.

TrishB Definitely divided opinions on this one! I bailed. 2mo
britt_brooke @TrishB Very polarizing! It‘s always interesting when that happens. 2mo
TrishB It definitely is 👍🏻 2mo
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ephemeralwaltz Yeah I'm almost done with it and I had really different expectations. I can't put it down, though. 2mo
Megabooks I completely agree with you. It was voyeuristic bordering on pornographic for no reason, IMO. And I felt she was trying to do it in the name of seeming sex-positive, but that is a supposition. 2mo
BlameJennyJane I‘m going back and forth between my BOTM and the audiobook and every time I listen to the book I think the same thing! I didn‘t expect such graphic depictions of things and I‘m all for sex positive but it bordered on sensationalistic journalism for me. (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke @ephemeralwaltz Curious to hear your final thoughts! 2mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks @BlameJennyJane You all are probably right about the author trying to be sex positive, but the rest of the book is such a downer, it‘s hard to see that clearly. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly This has become the quintessential “love it or hate it” book. 2mo
CallMeIshmael So how descriptive are we talking about? Lol 2mo
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly For sure! I love seeing all the different opinions. 2mo
britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael Like porn on paper. 😆🙈 2mo
Reviewsbylola Oh no. 🙈🙈 I really liked this one a lot and just loaned it to a friend. The construction reminded me a lot of a book I loved 2mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s so funny to read all the comments tho because I hate gratuitous sex in books and I never got that vibe here but one book I HATED for that reason, that most people seemed to love, was 2mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola This one has turned out to be pretty polarizing for sure! I want to read Random Family (stacked it bc of Hornby). 2mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola The scenes in The Kiss Quotient surprised me even though I was expecting them. I liked that book, though. I think because it was fiction, it didn‘t bother me. 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Britt, for tagging. I felt the same you did. I didn‘t mind the porno so much though as I did the fact that she wrote about those women as if they were experiencing something new and never told. While the stories are as old as the world - except for the graphic descriptions maybe. 1mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Agree; there was nothing new here. I‘m still not sure the real purpose of the book, to be honest. And it really could‘ve used a bit of diversity. Three straight, white women isn‘t exactly a great sampling. 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes definitely, it could have used some diversity too! 1mo
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