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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK (Nov. 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756639808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756639808
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a reader on Nov. 5 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I saw that Dr. Berman had written another book, I had to pick up--so glad I did! She really went all out on this one and explained so much to me. I found so much good, useful information that I will keep this one on my bookshelf indefinitely. So, if you're looking to spice things up or just want to have some better sex, this is probably the book for you. Another book I totally got a lot out of, too was Good Sex: A Woman's Guide to Losing Inhibition
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brand new girl on June 11 2009
Format: Hardcover
Encouragement for women to appreciate themselves. It is a good thing to take care of yourself so that you are happy and can give more to others.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D Wiatzka on Jan. 9 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ms Berman's books are always great and 'real sex' continues that tradition. She is certainly going to be a terrific source of information for women re: their sexuality for years to come.

If you enjoy Dr Berman's books, another great new author is Dr Trina Read. You will definitely enjoy her book Till Sex Do Us Part, which is a great compliment to Ms Berman's books.
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By Matthew Harder on Nov. 23 2014
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Good pictures, mixed on the information March 13 2010
By Julie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a sex educator, I try to read as many of the sex books that are available as possible and I am trying to review many of them here on amazon so that people can learn more about these books. I like that this book, "Real Sex for Real Woman", has photographs of real women and real men being sexual together. Not everyone likes this about this book and some of the reviews have said that they were appalled at these pictures. I feel that it is a personal issue. Some women and couples will be okay with seeing real photographs of real people having sex. Other people will not be okay with it. As a sex educator, I am happy to know that there is a book that features such pictures so that people can see what sex and intimacy look like between semi-regular looking people and not only porn actors and actresses.

I am more mixed on the information provided in the book. I do not often find Laura Berman to provide a lot of accurate information. However I do find the writing compassionate. I think it provides good basic information especially about intimacy, massage and communication. I feel that more of the research-based information presented in the book is not an accurate description.

Better books (in my opinion) for women who want to learn to have a better sex life include For Each Other, Because It Feels Good and The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex. For Each Other has mostly couples exercises and techniques in it; Because It Feels Good is about increasing desire, saying yes only to sex you like, getting out of sex cycles of dread; and using toys and lubricants to your advantage; The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex is about toys, communication, experimenting, male pleasure, female pleasure and more.

I am mixed on this book so moderately recommended. Good pictures, decent but not great information.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Basic Book For Women Who Are Not Used to Talking About Sex or Haven't Been Exposed to Sexual Variety Feb. 1 2010
By Lisa K. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was surprised by this book. This isn't a book for women who are sexually mature or who are comfortable with their bodies; this is a basic book. But it is the best and most respectful basic book I have found. I plan to give it to my friend who is a virgin and getting married. She was raised in a very religious home where sex was rarely discussed. This is a perfect book for women who want to learn more than the ABCs of sex. This isn't a cure your sex life book, and it was never advertised as such. You would be shocked at how little most women know about sex. I teach a college level psychology of sex class, and I am constantly amazed at how little women know about sex. This book is perfect for those women.

As I read this book, I realized that while it looks basic, it isn't as basic as it seems. The info is just very clearly communicated. I think that one of the goals in this book is to talk about sex explicitly but respectfully. This is an excellent book for women who are uncomfortable talking about sex or talking about their bodies and their partner's body. This book is also good for women who struggle with with sex due to poor body image.

I found that many of the women in this book were not skinny models. There were women of different ages, and different sizes. There were small breasted women and average to larger breasted women. Many women had round figures with a bit of a tummy. No one in the book is really big, but you are not going to find that in any book. The pics showing sexual positions were used with averagely healthy weight women. But that was necessary for clarity IMO. And no, I am not thin! Or even close to thin!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, not great. July 24 2009
By B Spencer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about sex and sexuality. It has lots of tame nude pictures of people (of all different racial groups and body types - more slim/athletic bodies than thick ones) in sexual positions. The people pictured are all relatively attractive, some model pretty, some not. The photos don't show penetration of any kind, genitals, or pubic hair. In my view they are far from pornographic or explicit. They're just bodies in sexual positions. From some of the reviews here, one might think that the images were photographed by some guys from "XXX" magazine. It's just butts and (thankfully natural) boobs. Not a big deal but not something to put on the coffee table (the title alone should indicate that.)

I will admit that the book is not quite what I expected otherwise. From seeing Dr. Berman on the show, my impression was that it would include more case studies and information on what actually goes on in her sessions and how she helps women overcome specific issues. Instead the book is more of a "Jot of Sex" type book, with tips on improving one's sex life complete with colorful fonts and a magazine type layout.

It's not a complete disappointment or waste of time but it's probably not the best book out there.
54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
the title says it all Oct. 30 2008
By Christy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
dr. berman's latest book really is about real sex for real women. how many times have you wandered into the "sex and relationships" section, opened a book, and been completely overwhelmed or baffled by the recommendations? this is a book for those of us who aren't gymnasts, super models, or super humans. she covers the basics, as well as information for those who are simply trying to mix things up a bit in the bedroom (or living room, or kitchen...) dr. berman's background allows her to talk about the psychological aspects of human sexuality in addition to the mechanics. her sections about communication and how stress or depression or emotional issues can affect your sex life provide a level of insight you don't get in just any book about sex. i've recommended this book to all my girlfriends and my partner (and theirs) are grateful!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Greatest Advice Ever from Dr. Berman was... Jan. 5 2009
By A. Burnett - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was great. It came at a time when I was experiencing a sexless marriage. The best advice I got from Dr. Berman's book was to experiment with sex toys. So, I went to a women owned and operated sex toy company online ([...]) and bought my first vibrator. It changed my life --as has this book. I can only encourage other women to do the same. Seriously, if you have never used a sex toy in the past and you are a women over 40, go buy one!!

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