Thanks For Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm by Mara AltmanThanks For Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm by Mara Altman

Thanks For Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm

byMara Altman

Paperback | April 14, 2009

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By turns uproarious and touching, the memoir of a young woman's search for an orgasm—and for the elusive connections between sex and love

Twenty-six-year-old Mara Altman wanted to know what all the screaming was about. She'd lost her virginity at seventeen; grown up in southern California with sexually free parents; had lovers in India, Burma, and Peru; and spent a year in Bangkok observing all manner of depravity. And yet she was an attractive, successful, single woman in New York who'd never had an orgasm.

And so she embarked on a wildly funny, emotionally resonant odyssey—a journey both inside and outside herself—only to discover that, for Mara, orgasm was connected to a part of her that no vibrator could reach. Thanks for Coming is one woman's look at our obsession with and anxiety over the female orgasm. Her quest to get her own yields poignant results that will surprise even the sexually awakened among us. From sex shows to sex conventions, from a therapist's couch to her own couch, from the bedroom to the bar, Mara Altman proves to be a guide as hilarious as she is investigative.

Mara Altman received her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 2005. A former staff writer at theVillage Voice, she has also written for theNew York TimesandNew York. She lives in Brooklyn.
Title:Thanks For Coming: One Young Woman's Quest for an OrgasmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:April 14, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061577111

ISBN - 13:9780061577116


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Taking the long way round Mara Altman's journey to orgasm was definitely that, a journey. Her story was definitely entertaining but I also found myself getting frustrated with Mara herself and her hesitation with some things and her complete abandon with others - it was an odd character quirk. Word of warning: those who are squeemish or uncomfortable around heavy use of sexual slang or frank and descriptive talks of orgies need not apply.
Date published: 2010-03-18