Monday, January 09, 2006

Robert, Joan's Fiancé , Speaks Out

When Joan was writing Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty and reading drafts to me, often I'd stop her and say, "You're not going to include that, are you?" and she'd say, "Yes, I am."

A private person, I worried that she was getting too detailed and personal. But I went along with her when she insisted, "It's got to be told as it is."

Now I willingly eat my words. The book does exactly what is needed in our lives and our culture. It doesn't beat around the bush--it is truly straight talk, without in any way cheapening the subject. In fact, it elevates the subject through honesty that can be respected at every turn of the page.

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