Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Woman's Touch: "truly straightforward resource"

A Woman's Touch Sexuality Resource Center has posted a review of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty. I have their permission to reprint it here:

What really happens in the bedrooms of older adults? Are people over the age of 60 still having sex? According to author Joan Price, many women over 60 find themselves in the prime of their sexual lives. This book does a great job of addressing the needs, concerns, and realities of women over 60 and their partners.

Price does a great job of touching on physical, mental, and emotional aspects of sexuality. Expect information on physical fitness and health, dealing with the challenges that accompany postmenopause, how to keep your libido going strong, how to keep your sex life with a long-term partner interesting, what to do if you don't have a partner or have lost your partner, what to do if you or your partner can't have sex, and much more.

There are also helpful appendices including when and how a therapist can be helpful, a list of resources, and the interview questions given to the women who shared their experiences in the book.

Overall, this book is very comprehensive, filled with helpful real-life anecdotes, and a truly straightforward resource for those of us who are past 60 and still going strong.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Radio Blowfish

Blowfish is a marvelous, friendly, online shop for all things related to sexuality. I was invited to be interviewed for a Radio Blowfish podcast. Imagine sitting around a table in a giant warehouse surrounded by bins of lubricants, vibrators, harnesses, and any aid, tool or prop you can imagine, talking straightforwardly about the latest toys, books, and videos.

My interviewers, Diana Cage, and the "Blowfishies" around the table were all much younger, but wow, were they enthusiastic! "It's about time!" they said, when they heard the subject of my book. They were especially interested in which toys and other aids were most effective for women my age.

You can hear this very explicit interview yourself by downloading Episode 10 (December 7, 2005) from Radio Blowfish. If you don't have a podcatcher, just scroll down to where you see "direct download" in itty bitty print. Click on it, then decide whether you want to open it (put it in a temporary folder just to hear it right now -- your computer's media player should open and it will play) or save it to your computer. My segment of the program starts just under 22 minutes into the show), and runs about 10 minutes.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Reader Reactions to Book

Women aquaintances who have bought the book and read it already (everyone says they can't put it down!) are walking up to me and talking freely about their own sex lives and relationships. It's as if we're continuing a conversation in progress. I love this!

I feel like I've opened up a topic that women were hungry to discuss. So many women are already telling me, "It's about time!" And it's not just the older women -- younger women are saying, "I don't plan to give up sex when I'm 60... or 80!"

I'm looking at what women say as clues to what they'd like to see in the next book. As I travel and promote the book, I'll be noting what women ask and tell me, and when their eyes light up when I discuss something.

If you know what you would like to read in my next book, please post a comment here!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Kirkus reviews Better Than I Ever Expected

Better Than I Ever Expected just got a fabulous review from Kirkus! Here's what Here's what Kirkus Reports: Health & Fitness said on December 2, 2005:


Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty
By: Joan Price
Publisher: Seal Press
Pub Date: January 2006
ISBN: 1580051529
Media Contact: Krista Rafanello, 510-595-3664, x 334, krista.rafanello@avalonpub.com

Price wants to bring sexual pleasure and freedom back to the Boomers. “We're the Love Generation,” she says proudly. “We practically invented sex!”

A long-time fitness guru, Price brings an exercise instructor's upbeat tempo and infectious energy to this empowering and straightforward guide to sex for the older woman. Covering everything from sex after menopause to “how to spice up a long-term relationship,” she celebrates the pleasures of sex, but also confronts age-specific sexual issues head-on. Written for both married and single women, there are lots of practical tips for sparking intimacy inside and outside the bedroom. But it's not all instructional, and the inclusion of real-life experiences is what makes this a fun and engaging read. The author's deeply personal memoir as well as the smattering of candid stories she's collected from “sexually seasoned” women will help the 60+ set re-conceptualize themselves as more sexual beings. Chapters on body-image and fitness play a supporting role by helping teach how to feel more comfortable and confident in their skins.

Any older woman who knows sex isn't just for the young will appreciate this fun and frank guide from the self-described “advocate for ageless sexuality.”