A Round-Heeled Woman by Jane Juska
My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance

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“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous—someone who nowadays might be called “easy.” It’s a surprising way for a cultured English teacher with a passion for the novels of Anthony Trollope to describe herself, but then that’s just the first of many surprises to be found in this poignant, funny, utterly unique memoir. Jane Juska is a smart, energetic divorcée who decided she’d been celibate too long, and placed the following personal ad in her favorite newspaper, The New York Review of Books:

Before I turn 67—next March—I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.

This closing reference was a nod to her favorite author, of course. The response was overwhelming, and Juska took a sabbatical from teaching to meet some of the men who had replied. And since her ad made it clear that she wasn’t expecting just hand-holding, her dates zipped from first base to home plate in record time.

Juska is a totally engaging, perceptive writer, funny and frank about her exploits. It’s high time someone revealed the fact that older single people are as eager for sex and intimacy as their younger counterparts. Jane Juska’s brave, honest memoir will probably raise eyebrows and blood pressure, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the very large audience of grown-up readers who will be fascinated and inspired by her daring adventure.


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About Jane Juska

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Raised in rural Ohio, Jane Juska moved to California in 1955 and has lived there ever since. She has taught English for more than forty years-in high school, in college, and in prison. With the publication of her first book, A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, Juska became a spokesperson for the romantically active senior set, and she appears frequently before book groups and women's groups. She has had to get an unlisted phone number. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published May 6, 2003 by Villard. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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We share her woe and her willingness to commit: “I have decided to appreciate men for what they can do, not fuss about what they can’t.” Juska writes well about the sex—not everyone could get away with “fuck, fuck against the dying of the light”—but even better about the seductions, which take on...

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The Guardian

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Jane Juska (played by Sharon Gless, who was Cagney in the 80s TV cop show Cagney and Lacey) is lying on a bed having phone sex.

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The Guardian

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Matt proved enigmatic, refusing to meet me, though I shall be forever grateful for his introduction to the Berg Collection.

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Publishers Weekly

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Surprisingly, it's Juska's accounts of visiting the Berg collection at the New York Public Library, or the stories of her writing classes at a prison, that remain in mind, long after her personals game has faded.

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The Telegraph

Looking magnificent with her silvery scraped-back hair, Gless gives us a wry, well-rounded portrait of a woman aching for physical contact she fears may never come her way again, suffering multiple instances of humiliation, wrestling with having been a bad mom and wondering what she need...

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The Telegraph

If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.” Replies flooded in, and Juska found herself dating – and often going to bed with – a string of men, mostly but not all of advanced years, who ranged from the downright horrible to the genuinely likeable.

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San Francisco Chronicle

"Before I turn 67 - next March - I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like.

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People

Sex she wanted, sex she got--more than enough to fill this readable, if rambling, memoir.

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London Evening Standard

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Sun Sentinel

"A Round-Heeled Woman," the memoir-inspired play starring a radiant Sharon Gless, is a sexy, funny, touching celebration of one mature woman's journey from unintended celibacy to a recharged sex life.

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Variety

At the age of 66, retired Bay Area schoolteacher Jane Juska placed an personals ad in the "New York Review of Books" declaring she wanted to have "a lot of sex with a man I like" before her next birthday.

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