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Desire: 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 six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.
 

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Named a best book of the year:

WASHINGTON POST • NPR • ATLANTIC • VANITY FAIR • NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY • PBS • TIME • ECONOMIST •
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Praise for Three Women

“Staggeringly intimate . . . Taddeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book. . . . She illuminates the essential, elemental mystery of what it is to be a woman in the world.”
Entertainment Weekly

“A breathtaking and important book . . . What a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer’s sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of wild

“Extraordinary . . . This is a nonfiction literary masterpiece. . . . I can’t remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of city girls

“A revolutionary look at women’s desire, this feat of journalism reveals three women who are carnal, brave, and beautifully flawed.”
—People (book of the week)

“Taddeo spent a decade immersed in the sex lives of three ordinary American women. . . .The result is the most in-depth look at the female sex drive and all its accompanying social, emotional, reproductive, and anthropological implications that’s been published in decades.”
New York

Three Women is a masterpiece. . . . You’ll want to pass your copy on to a friend as soon as you’ve read it; it’s a book that begs discussion.”
Vanity Fair

A deeply reported, elegantly written, almost uncomfortably intimate portrait of three American women . . . Taddeo reveals something universal in each of their stories. . . . The result is a nonfiction book that feels as close to its subjects as a novel, like Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family or Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.”
Columbia Journalism Review

“An astonishing work of literary reportage . . . As Lisa Taddeo writes about her subjects, the women she uses to map out an anthropological, humane, passionate study of female desire, she seems almost to inhabit them. . . . A fascinating appraisal of a subject few writers have approached so intently.”
Atlantic

“There isn’t a woman alive who won’t recognize—her stomach lurching, her heart beating wildly—something of what Maggie, Lina, and Sloane go through.”
Guardian

Three Women burns a flare-bright path through the dark woods of women’s sexuality. In sentences that are as sharp—and bludgeoning, at times—as an ax, [Taddeo] retains the accuracy and integrity of nonfiction but risks the lyrical depths of prose and poetry.”
—Los Angeles Times

Lisa Taddeo discusses Three Women

Lisa Taddeo discusses Three Women

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Taddeo has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.