The Wild Oats Project

The Wild Oats Project

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.

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2015.
ISBN: 9780385681056
Branch Call Number: 306.84 RIN
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 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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