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Just Between Us Girls: Secrets about Men from the Mayflower Madam [Mass Market Paperback]

Sydney B. Barrows
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Feb. 15 1997
Once the classiest, most successful madam in New York, Sydney Biddle Barrows has the inside information on what men really want--their favorite fantasies, emotional needs, and specific desires in and out of the bedroom. But she has also discovered what they don't get at home--and what makes them stray.

With candor, a little naughtiness, and an insider's eye-opening perspective, the Mayflower Madam teaches you how to keep passion in your relationship, have better sex than you ever thought possible, and make sure the man you love stays committed to you, and you alone.

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The central thesis of Barrows's (Mayflower Madam, Morrow, 1986) latest book is that if a man is cheating on his wife, there is probably nothing wrong-except that his wife isn't acting enough like a hooker. Not to worry, Barrows offers a primer on the trade of tricks, including blow-by-blow descriptions of sexual maneuvers supposedly exclusive to professionals. The sections dealing with why men stray, how they do it, how to catch them, and how to make them stop are often humorous but are told with a know-it-all condescension that grates. Barrows meanders among a wide array of options for rekindling a marriage that has lost its spark, even offering her favorite brand of lubricant. Directed at the woman who believes she can save her marriage by greeting her husband while dressed in plastic wrap, this is not recommended on merit but may be popular.
Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Sidney Biddle Barrows doles out advice...with humor And authority."--Glamour

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3.0 out of 5 stars You can safely skip this one June 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was walking through my favorite used book store and this book caught my eye. It was only 50 cents so I got it. Well, should you come across it you can safely skip it. Ms. Barrows pretty much uses this book as a platform to defend herself and explain why she turned to pimping. That's okay, but wasn't that the purpsoe of her first book? So after re-reading her story again in Between Us Girls you finally get the meat of the book and what do you get? Not much. Mostly, Barrows argues that in order to hold on to your man you have to act like a $500 a night call girl in the bedroom. You must be on guard, on your toes and ready to perform at a moments notice. To back this up she points out that some of her old clients actually left thier wives and families to marry her girls. I wonder how long those marriages lasted? Should you take Ms. Barrow's advice? That's up to you but ask yourself this: If you have to do turn yourself into a geisha in order to hold onto your man is he really worth it?
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2.0 out of 5 stars mostly fluff Nov. 19 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim...drawn in by the idea that this woman would have some special insight about men that I didn't, and by its promise to explain what it is that makes a man "stray" from a relationship. Also, of course it's plain voyeurism, I wondered what it was like to be an expensive call girl...It quickly became very evident to me that this woman was successful because she brought class, business sense, and integrity to an industry full of abusive, crooked, well... [men]. She is a good businesswoman. But that is all. She does not have the slightest bit more insight into sex or the male psyche than any person off the street.
Her "suggestions" for being sexy for your man are just a list of rules that she required all her "girls" to follow. Hair and nail care, clothing, makeup--and everything reading like Suzy Q. Homemaker's Guide to Sexuality. Very much of the "lay back and let him have fun" school of thought. Strange that one so accustomed to the "nitty gritty" (her term!) of sex would have such immature ideas. Sex is obviously "just business" to her. Perhaps this is the only way to run a call girl agency, actually I would not be surprised. If you take a look at her photo on the cover you can begin to see her personality.
But don't worry, she does not know anything about your man that you don't. She can't wave some magic wand or push some button and have him panting at her feet. Nor is there anything she can tell you that will prevent him from doing so on his own if he so chooses.
If you are really interested in knowing about the call girl business that she ran then you might find it more interesting. She doesn't really speak from the perspective of the girls themselves (it is unclear if she ever actually, ahem..
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know WHY men pay... June 2 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you want to know some possible reasons why men would pay a large sum of money to spend time with a woman (most of the time is spent talking or doing things other than having sex), even though they may be good looking, have a wife or girlfriend at home, then this book will provide some answers.
I don't think it's such a bad idea for women to get tips from a madam/call girl. Most of her ideas are logical: Take care of yourself once you have a man - don't let yourself go. Understand that, as unfair as it may be, that men want you to look as good as when you met, even though he may have lost his hair and gained weight!
These women are temporary fantasies. They don't complain about the kids, their jobs, the housework or anything else when these men show up. It's unfair, yes, but that is why the men are willing to pay to escape reality for a little while. Sometimes, men keep a mistress for the same reasons.
Personally, I wasn't offended by the book at all. In fact, it gave me a few ideas on how to spice up my love life BEFORE my man strays!
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