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Three Women
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
From a thrilling new talent, Lisa Taddeo, Three Women is a mesmerizing work of narrative journalismreported over eight yearsabout the sex lives and desires of three ordinary American women. Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the northeast, is married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Maggie, a high school student in North Dakota, begins a relationship with her married English teacher that will have extraordinary consequences for them bothas well as the community in which they live. For nearly a decade, Lisa Taddeo, an award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to New York magazine and Esquire, embedded herself with three ordinary women to write this deeply immersive account of their erotic lives and longings. The resultshocking, powerful, and timelyreads like George Packers The Unwinding, but for the state of female desire. Three Women is a major work from an exhilarating new talent.
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Librarybelle
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Mehso-so

Raw. Shocking. Heartbreaking. Anger-inducing. It‘s hard to review this book, as any criticism should not affect the women‘s experiences. Yet, I felt the book lacked something. One story seemed to be the focal point, and a second story seemed to end so abruptly. I debated reading this, but so glad I did for the #BOTMBuddyRead ...it‘s good to discuss this with others!

My #Nonfiction for #GrowUp #BBRC and Letter T for #LitsyAtoZ

suzie.reads I had to bail on this one I hated it 😏 16h
Librarybelle @suzie.reads It‘s not a favorite of mine, for sure. It definitely helped that I read this as a buddy read...I may have been tempted to set it down for some time if not for the buddy read. 16h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for joining us!! It was a great one to read with a group! 14h
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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“We don‘t remember what we want to remember. We remember what we can‘t forget.”

I know this is true as sadly many of you all do 💔

Final discussion tomorrow at 1pm CST... Questions on @TheBookHippie page

#BotmBuddyRead

TheBookHippie ❤️ 1d
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cwarnier
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Mehso-so

#BOTMBuddyread
#BBRC #grownup
I didn't really know what to expect going into this, but overall it was ok. I felt like Maggie's story was well done and I knew enough about her to feel for her. Sloane, I was left wanting to know more about. When it came to Lina there was a lot to be left desires. I dont feel she was delved into enough.
The writing style was different for a non fiction book, and the lack of quotation marks drove me crazy.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I felt the same way about the lack of quotation marks in The Handmaid‘s Tale!! 🤣🤣🤣 1d
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suzie.reads
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Bailedbailed

My first ever bail 😏 I just couldn't carry on with this I found the writing infuriating and the stories so unrelatable. Really disappointing considering the hype

Megabooks I hated this one!! 2d
TrishB Snap! Not my first bail, but I did bail. 2d
suzie.reads @Megabooks @TrishB glad I'm not the only one 2d
emmaturi I read it but wasn't too impressed with it. 2d
suzie.reads @emmaturi I read about a quarter and just couldn't get into it 1d
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HOTPock3tt
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Pickpick

Well! There were ALOT of hard truths in this one. Some things about myself and what I want out of life that I would rather not face were in here. The MC I thought I would identify with the most wasn‘t the one I identified with. This is like the hard truth of how we are without the idealized “we‘re so strong!”way we WISH we were. It‘s sad, enlightening and eye opening. I just wish she didn‘t focus on one story so much above the others. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

sprainedbrain Great review. I was already considering this one, but you have convinced me. 5d
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain I really hope you like it 😅 honestly it was VERY different from what I normally read... but it was definitely a page turner and the way I connected with it was kind of like validation... if that makes any sense lol. It‘s like I didn‘t know other women had some of the same feelings I do regarding relationships, I guess. 🤔 even down to the embarrassing feelings you only admit in your head lol 🤣 3d
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Redwritinghood
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Pickpick

I didn‘t make it to last weekend‘s #botmbuddyread on this one, but I finished it today and can‘t wait for the next discussion. These were all heartbreaking and frustrating stories about women‘s experiences with sex and love. I would have liked the author to tie the individual stories together with some general cultural observations or other learnings from the stories she gathered, but the stories alone were fascinating. 3⭐️

rajithr I felt the lack of learnings, or any attempt at it, gave it that human edge 👍 5d
Reggie I hope Lina finds happiness. Also, I left this book feeling like Sloan and her husband were the most mentally healthy people in here. I liked Sloans talk about how you can give your husband a list of groceries and he‘ll always be missing an item but then what you forget is he‘s walked the dog you might not have without asking him. It was a nice thought about perspective. And my heart broke for Maggie. Fck all those jurors who thought it was 5d
Reggie appropriate to have 4 hr conversations with a teen after midnight. Shame on them!!! Glad you liked this book. Nice review!!! 5d
Redwritinghood @Reggie Thanks! Maggie‘s case did seem the most heartbreaking, but I thought they were all sad. I wasn‘t sure whether I wanted to hug these women or give them a shake while yelling “Stop it! You deserve better than this.” 5d
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OriginalCyn620
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Panpan

I‘m torn about this one. I think, of course, that stories like these should be told, but this book fell flat for me. The writing style bugged me, and the ending was not what I expected...and not in a good way. I‘m not seeing what all the hype was about.
#botmbuddyread

ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks for the review. I keep hearing how good it is but love other options before I start. 6d
TiredLibrarian I had issues with this one, too. I think part of it is that the marketing & promotion was very misleading. 6d
OriginalCyn620 @TiredLibrarian Yes! I think you‘re right! 6d
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BeckyMerilatt I felt the same way about the writing! I couldn‘t tolerate it and quit after 50 pages. Those metaphors 🤦🏼‍♀️ 6d
TiredLibrarian Seemed to me it wasn't not so much about the "sex lives and desires of 3 American women" as the abuse and gaslighting of these women and its effects on their sexuality. What would desire look like in someone who had healthy relationships and no history of mistreatment? Or for women of color, or queer women? One can't draw any conclusions from the women profiled here, and the marketing tries to do just that. 6d
OriginalCyn620 @TiredLibrarian I had a problem with the lack of diversity, in respect to both race & sexual orientation, as well. All three women had different issues & circumstances, but all were very desperate & sad & I kept thinking through the whole thing that a contrast to a strong, confident woman would‘ve been nice. Empowered women have desires too, & probably struggle to have them met. But you definitely hit the nail on the nail on the head! 6d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Discussion today at 1pm CST!! Questions on @TheBookHippie !! Can‘t wait!!

#BotmBuddyRead

JenlovesJT47 Thank you! I read this last year and found it very interesting, excited to see what other people think about it! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenlovesJT47 you can go back and look at our discussion from last week too #BotmBuddyRead. I‘m rereading it for our buddy read and it‘s nice to be able to talk about it!! 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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“It‘s a sad feeling when an obsession becomes slightly less obsessive. It‘s as though she realizes she doesn‘t have it in her to die for her own heart.” Maggie

Discussion on Sunday at 1pm CST!! Lots to discuss!!

#BotmBuddyRead

JenlovesJT47 ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
BethM That graphic 😍 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BethM yes... it‘s deep 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BethM thank you!! 💗 1w
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greenreads
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo

First book finished for 2020.

Looking forward the next #BOTMBuddyRead discussion. The questions are good.