New this week - well, technically last week, but I just got my copy today - Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.
I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but every once in a while, I switch up my Book of the Month Club pick and go with a non-fic. This one was too intriguing to pass up.
Lisa Taddeo has contributed to Esquire, Glamour, New York magazines and many other notable publications. She began her work on Three Women a decade ago. That's a level of commitment to one story, one job that I just don't understand. I've never worked on any one project longer than ten months.
So what is Three Women? Well, it's a book about sex. Lisa Taddeo finds three women willing to share their stories, their lifestyles, everything with her for close to a decade. We begin with Lina. She and her husband have been together for ten years. They are the typical middle America family. And then Lina has an affair. Then there's Maggie who fell for her older, married high school English teacher. She assumes, because she is a child, that she'll graduate, he'll leave his wife, and they'll live happily ever after. Spoiler alert: that is not what happened. Some years later, he is showered with accolades and named teacher of the year. She can't let it go and steps forward with her story. So, like, how Pretty Little Liars should have ended. And, finally, there's Sloane. She's smart, successful, happily married. Except she and her husband have an interesting relationship. One that she begins to question after being a willing participant for years. Lisa Taddeo interviewed these women for years and Three Women is the culmination of a decade's worth of work. A look at relationships from a perspective that we have never seen before. Because, until now, no one has ever really asked.
This book is a different choice for me. Like I said, I don't do a lot of non-fiction. I certainly don't read many books by investigative reporters, not because I don't like them or I don't value what they do - quite the opposite, actually. I have a deep respect for journalist, investigative reporters, the press in general - I just typically stick to New Yorker articles and then go right back to my fiction. I'm an empathetic person. After listening to NPR and reading my daily news briefings from various news sources, I NEED fiction. But I'm taking a chance with this one because I think it's important and, frankly, I'm pretty interested. Are you? Get the book here.
And be on the look out for my review!
Until next time, bye.