Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Wild Oats Project: One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost by Robin Rinaldi

Publisher: Random House Canada
Format: Hardcover
Source: Requested ARC
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Rating: ★★★

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.

I requested an advanced copy of this book from Random House Canada for review purposes.

When I saw the list of books for March release, The cover of the Wild Oats Project jumped out at me. After reading a bit more about it, I was definitely intrigued. It is a deeply honest and fearless memoir by a woman who strives to put her needs and desires first. I admire the author's courage to share this very personal journey with the world.

I found Robin's story inspiring. I don't mean that it made me consider an open marriage, but it speaks volumes to gathering one's to strength and courage to speak up and put your needs first. This is something easier said than done for myself, a full time working wife and mother of two, but I still found it empowering.

I enjoyed Robin's story from beginning to end. It's definitely the perfect book to recommend for International Women's Day.

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