Sunday, January 27, 2008

Book Review: Desire - Women Write about Wanting

Listening to: Penn Masala – Mere Mehboob, Mere Sanam
Mood: Happy

I like to pass along personal reviews for books that I have read to give others an idea of what to expect and suggestions to pick up a book if it is good. I’m no Ebert or literary critic, but I read a lot, and tell it how I see it. I read mostly nonfiction with a trashy romance novel thrown in every once in a while for good measure. I won’t be reviewing the romance novels unless I find one that knocks my socks off.

I picked up this book at my local library (which is where I find almost all the books I read) in the new release section. The title caught my eye and I thought I’d give it a go. I’m so glad I did. I think women will get more out of this book, as obviously it’s written by and for women. The book is comprised of essays on a few different areas of desire for women. It’s inspirational and uplifting for women without being preachy, sappy, militant or generally goofy. These women are professional writers and they really delve into their emotions and desires in an artful way. Yes, some of the essays are about sexual desire, but the beauty of the book is that it examines many other areas of desire for a woman. A few articles even confront the conflicting desires that women have today as to what they should desire.

I recommend this book to any woman. I had a hard time putting it down once I started it. You may not identify with all of the situations, but you will identify with the women who wrote them. Read it!

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