The Wild Oats Project

The Wild Oats Project

One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost

Book - 2015
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"What if for just one year you explored everything you'd wondered about sex but hadn't tried? The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was forty-four, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for eighteen years. What followed--a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation--is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project. An open marriage was never one of Rinaldi's goals--her priority as she approached midlife was to start a family. But when her husband insisted on a vasectomy, she decided that she could remain married only on her own terms. If I can't have children, she told herself, then I'm going to have lovers. During the week she would live alone, seduce men (and women), attend erotic workshops, and partake in wall-banging sex. On the weekends, she would go home and be a wife. At a time when the bestseller lists are topped by books about eroticism and the shifting roles of women, this brave memoir explores how our sexuality defines us--and it delivers the missing link: an everywoman's account of sex. Combining the strong literary voice of Cheryl Strayed's Wild with the adventurousness of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, The Wild Oats Project challenges our sensibilities and evokes the delicate balance between loving others and staying true to oneself"-- Provided by publisher.
"A memoir of one woman's year of an open marriage, during which she explored everything she'd ever wondered about sex but hadn't tried"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374290214
Branch Call Number: B Rinaldi 2015
Characteristics: viii, 287 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 02, 2016

It's women like her, who make dating hard for the rest of us. When you're a "good girl," dating is hard enough. When you add in Cougars like her, it's almost impossible. Although she is a decent writer, her midlife crisis is clearly just an escape from a man she should never have married. I'm no relationship expert, but her behavior is deplorable and certainly not something to be applauded.


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