Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese

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The provocative classic work newly updated

An intimate personal odyssey across America's changing sexual landscape

When first published, Gay Talese's 1981 groundbreaking work, Thy Neighbor's Wife, shocked a nation with its powerful, eye-opening revelations about the sexual activities and proclivities of the American public in the era before AIDS. A marvel of journalistic courage and craft, the book opened a window into a new world built on a new moral foundation, carrying the reader on a remarkable journey from the Playboy Mansion to the Supreme Court, to the backyards and bedrooms of suburbia—through the development of the porn industry, the rise of the "swinger" culture, the legal fight to define obscenity, and the daily sex lives of "ordinary" people. It is the book that forever changed the way Americans look at themselves and one another.


About Gay Talese

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Gay Talese is a journalist and international best-selling author whose works include The Bridge (Walker & Company 2003), The Kingdom and the Power, Honor Thy Father, Thy Neighbors Wife, and Unto the Sons. Currently at work on the follow-up to Unto the Sons, he lives in New York City and Ocean City, New Jersey.Barbara Lounsberry is a professor of English language and literature at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the co-author with Gay Talese of Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality (1996).
Published June 3, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 608 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Facing revelations that his source did not own a motel at times in which some of his voyeuristic acts supposedly occurred, Mr. Talese says he will stand by the book as a whole.

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Most books, even bestsellers, do not get a second chance at life, let alone a relaunching with a rev...1980's Thy Neighbor's Wife, now back in print, is as true a picture of sexual culture in America as has ever been written.

May 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Thy Neighbor's Wife

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