Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Three Women

Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country...

Details Three Women

TitleThree Women
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherAvid Reader Press / Simon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Feminism

Reviews Three Women

  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook... read by Tara Lynne Barr, Marin Ireland, Mena Suvari, and Lisa Taddeo I’ve listened to 3 hours so far - of the 11 hours and 24 minutes. Dave Eggers said:“I can’t imagine a scenario where this isn’t one of the more important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year”. 🤔Well... let the debates begin!!! I don’t feel this book is worth the praise it’s getting - at all. My thoughts so far....Honest thoughts? I think v...
  • Roman Clodia
    This is quite a perplexing book as I'm not sure what Taddeo's intentions were. She takes three American women and tells their stories of failed love, disappointing marriages, unmet or unfulfilled sexual and emotional needs. In some ways the stories are different and, almost deliberately (?) echo themes covered in recent fiction: Lina, in a sexless marriage, falls into an affair with her high-school boyfriend; Maggie is 'groomed' into a sexual rel...
  • Matt
    “If you have a husband who barely touches you. If you have a husband who touches you too much, who grabs your hand and puts it on his penis when you’re trying to read about electric fences for golden retrievers. If you have a husband who plays video games more than he touches your arm. If you have a husband who eats the bun off your plate when you’ve left it but you aren’t one hundred percent done with it. If you don’t have a husband at...
  • Amanda
    “Three Women” is an intense look at the lives of 3 women, delving into their lives over an 8 year period, where they have been interviewed in their home towns. It intrigued me as it was an intimate look at their thoughts and desires, rather like reading someone’s diary. The 3 women live in different areas, are different ages and social classes, yet they still have the same desires and hopes for the future.I couldn’t help love Maggie, Sloa...
  • Lisa
    Yawn. This book about three damaged women and their sad sex lives was not for me. I feel sorry for all of them - especially Maggie who was totally screwed - but I found the book tedious and pointless. Eight years of research for this?
  • Claire Reads Books
    This was an interesting one... The product of more than a decade of research and interviews, this book tells the stories of three women: Maggie, a North Dakota woman who, as a teenager, had an affair with her high school English teacher; Lina, a Midwestern housewife stuck in a sexless marriage; and Sloane, a glamorous Newport restaurateur whose husband likes to watch her sleep with other people. Provocative, explicit, and refreshingly frank, Thre...
  • Tyler Goodson
    Three Women tells the story of female desire, not as experienced by all women, but by Lina, Maggie, and Sloane. The stories of these women are surprising and thought-provoking, and Lisa Taddeo relates them in a book that is as insightful as it is impossible to put down. It isn't that these three women speak for all women, but that they speak so clearly, honestly, and powerfully for themselves.
  • Britta Böhler
    Intriguing idea, a book about female desire, but this book is not about that. At all.
  • Scott S.
    "Sex is everybody's home, but nobody's address." -- Manisha CharakI'm not sure what initially drew me to select Lisa Taddeo's Three Women from the library's new release shelf, but I think that this book has similarities to Gay Talese's earlier groundbreaking 1981 non-fiction hit Thy Neighbor's Wife (which has long been on my GR 'favorites' list). Taddeo and Talese both obviously have investigative journalism experience pulsing strongly through th...
  • Catherine
    I did find the stories interesting to read, but I have a myriad of issues with the book.1. This book is marketed as a book about women's sexual desires, but of the three women's stories, only Lina's is about her "sexual desire." Maggie's story is about how she was groomed by her male teacher, and Sloane's is about how she has sex with other men because her husband likes it, even if she doesn't like or find those men attractive. Those two stories ...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    It's taken me a few days to get my thoughts together to write what I hope is a usual review. I want to start by saying I think this book is worth reading. It’s bringing about important discussions, I’ve had some really great ones with a few bookstagram friends but I also think it’s important to have the right expectations going in. ⠀⠀~I was excited to read what had been buzzed about as a juicy expose on female desire. This book has been...
  • Jessica Lafferty
    TLDR: I hated this book so much that I’m genuinely angry Advertised as a non-fiction book about women’s sexual desire, I chose this as my Book of the Month pick expecting stories of women exploring what it means to confidently own their sexuality in a Virgin-Whore patriarchal society. What I got instead were three stories in which women’s (exclusively hetero)sexual encounters were graphically (and sometimes awkwardly—Cadbury Cream Eggs ar...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    If you read narrative non-fiction you simply have to read this. You’re going to want to put down whatever you’re reading and get this instead. Lina, Maggie and Sloane and all their desires, obsessions, contradictions, hopes and disappointments are rendered with such compassion and dignity. The achievements of this book will floor you. To Lina, Maggie and Sloane, I see you, I understand you, I believe you. To Lisa Taddeo, I am in awe of you.
  • Sarah
    Three Women follows - somewhat unsurprisingly - three women in contemporary America: Maggie had a relationship with her teacher when at school and is now at the trial to see whether he will be convicted, Lina is in an unhappy marriage and turns back to the one man in her life who ever satisfied her sexually, Sloane lives to fulfil the sexual whims of her husband who likes to watch her sleep with other men. The reader gets to know these women over...
  • Eleanor
    Oof. This BOOK. Three women; eight years; their love and sex and desires meticulously recorded, celebrated, foregrounded. It is, almost unbelievably, nonfiction that – in the very truest sense – reads like a novel; Lisa Taddeo gives her subjects the care and complete focus that we often only give to the people we’ve made up.The three women she chooses are Maggie, who has an affair with her high school English teacher at fifteen, and at twen...
  • Krista
    It's the nuances of desire that hold the truth of who we are at our rawest moments. I set out to register the heat and sting of female want so that men and other women might more easily comprehend before they condemn. Because it's the quotidian moments of our lives that will go on forever, that will tell us who we were, who our neighbors and our mothers were, when we were too diligent in thinking they were nothing like us. This is the story of th...
  • Lee
    4.5'People in towns like Lina's think people are good people if they're not cheating, if they are not leaving home. Lina is having a mental breakdown because nobody cares. Nobody died, so nobody cares. She feels that she's suffocating. She has these three children she has to keep alive day in, day out, and if anything happened to them she would die, but at the same time, they are weights. She feels alone in caring for them. She feels alone in car...
  • Claire Gibson
    I have no idea how to rate this book. On one hand, "Three Women" is a fascinating tale — but I wouldn't call it an accurate depiction of female desire, as it's being billed. To me, it is a sad tragedy about sexual dysfunction — not about sex as it should be. It is pornographic — at times, even more pornographic than I thought necessary. However that didn't surprise me, considering the fact that the book sought to lift the veil on "desire." ...
  • Kathleen
    This was a hard read for me, because I am an ordinary woman and I only know ordinary women. Lisa Taddeo talks a lot about how hard she had to look to find these women. “Lisa Taddeo crisscrossed the United States countless times, moved to six different places, and talked to hundreds of men and women to ultimately find three women whose lives tell the story of desire in America”. Her quote says it all. “This is about the extraordinary”. Tha...
  • G L
    Would give this 700000 stars if I could. A highly nuanced, beautifully written, intelligent and original exploration of womanhood and female desire.
  • Nadine
    Three Women is a true story based on the sex lives of three American women gained through a decade of vigilant reporting. Readers follows three women as they are faced with different challenges and issues within their sex lives. It is an intimate look at female desire in all its complexities. Taddeo’s writing style mirrors that of a stream of consciousness technique. This style allows for Three Women to read as fiction as readers explore almost...
  • Evie Braithwaite
    4.5 stars I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to read this book. It received high praise from Dolly Alderton and that woman never disappoints with her recommendations. So, I requested it on a whim and oh my god, what a book.Three Women comprises unrelated stories about the lives of well, 3 women. Having written this over the course of eight years, flying across the country to interview the women in their hometowns, Taddeo zooms in on the chao...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Stop! Hear me! See me! Don’t judge me!This book was screaming “Katie take a chance on me!” Like most times that I push myself out of my comfort zone I was met with an overwhelming sense that I had just opened my eyes, mind and heart wider to the world.A book about desire? Sex? Me the prude? Yes it was a leap of faith for me or maybe curiosity won out. Maybe I just wanted to say me too...Do your research on this one. Read the authors intervi...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Story of three women and their sex lives - complex emotions and desires impact decisions and behaviors- shocking and real - an interesting look at power. Full review to come on Book Nation by Jen.
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Before I share my thoughts on this, please know I don’t do so lightly and my comments in no way pass judgment on the experiences shared by the women.I had two key issues with this book - firstly the writing, specifically the use of imagery and metaphor, is some of the most jarringly awkward I have come across. More importantly though, I think there are some major issues with the way that this book is pitched as being about “desire” more bro...
  • Noelia Alonso
    (9.5/10)Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending a copy my way. All opinions are my ownDo yourself a favour: read this book. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is one of the most fascinating and compelling books I’ve read so far this year. We follow the real stories of Lina, Maggie and Sloane.Lina is a woman who feels as if she has no purpose in life. Like she’s just a wife and a mother. But she’s trapped in an unhappy marriage. Her husband won’t touch h...
  • Adrienne
    As I finished this book, I began plotting a murder. A murder of a rapist who pursued, manipulated and sexually assaulted a teenage (minor) girl during her senior year of high school--and got away with it. Reading Maggie Wilken's story through the words of Lisa Taddeo was maybe the best, most clear-cut case of gaslighting I've ever seen splayed out in print. It made me so angry that even though I finished reading the book around 11pm last night, I...