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Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica Paperback – Dec 2 2008

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Red (Dec 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061560634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061560637
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The spirit of the indomitable Julia Child lives on ... A saucy soup-to-nuts compilation."
Vanity Fair

“An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Julia’s inimitable voice shines through ... These letters offer [a] glimpse of how the truly great can merge heart and soul in the pursuit of excellence.”
Wall Street Journal

“[Child] comes booming back to life in these dishy missives ... A delicious read.”
People (3½ of 4 stars)

“Blazingly alive and entirely irresistible.”
Boston Globe

"This book feels like chick lit ... of an exalted order ... Two housewives, each in her 40s ... let rip about all kinds of things, from shallots, beurre blanc and the misery of dried herbs to politics, aging and sex ... Funny and forthright opinions about food and life."
New York Times

"A testament to the fortitude that went into creating a classic."

"Just as interesting as the behind-the-scenes nuts-and-bolts on this culinary landmark is the far subtler picture that is painted of these two women, the times in which they were living, and the friendship that grew between them ... The letters take on the resonance of a plainsong kind of poetry."
Los Angeles Times

"Delightful . . . Expertly edited by the culinary historian Joan Reardon, [it] fills in that period of hard work, uncertainty, cheerleading and deepening love."

"A pleasure both culinary and literary . . . A lesson in how to become an American original."
Whole Living

"An important piece of culinary history through the never-before-seen letters between these two witty women."
New York Post

"A reminder of the power of persistence, of a dream or a friendship, and of the lost art of writing a letter."

"Fascinating and engrossing."
Dallas Morning News
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About the Author

Culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer Joan Reardon is the author of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans, Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, and Oysters: a Culinary Celebration. Reardon, who has a PhD in English literature, won an IACP Award for culinary writing, publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I followed a link with an excerpt for Kristina Wright's story "One Night in Winter" about a woman (and the man she didn't want to be around during her sister's wedding) and that is how I discovered some great new-to-me authors. Kristina's story and "Sweet Season" by Shanna Germain are my favorites. If I recall correctly, most of the stories could be considered erotic romance as there is a strong promise of a HEA though it is not wrapped up all neatly in a bow (is that how the saying goes?). I also really appreciated the quality of the writing, in that the story/words flowed really well for me as the reader. I didn't have pauses where I thought why were those words used to describe the character or the scene etc. I love novellas/short stories, but I don't have large TBR piles as I'm very selective about new books to try. The stories were all very varied in setting and approach (if that makes any sense!) I do recommend this collection if even only for Kristina's and Shanna's contributions. There was lots of lovely sweetness and sexiness for my taste!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and cozy reading Dec 12 2008
By Aurora Hunter - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Bedding Down in my bath tub this morning. I enjoyed all of the stories. My favorite two stories in the book were Sophie Mouette's and Alison Tyler's. Sophie's story is set in a Victorian era house turned museum. She and her lover find a set of steamy love letters in a desk and use them as inspiration. The Victorian costumes they wore and the description of the removing of those costumes was very sensual. In Alison Tyler's story, the heroine, Michele, is doing all the right things for the wrong man. This story is both funny and sexy, and in the end, she ends up with someone who understands her and is right for her. I identified with this character a lot. The more work I read by this author, the more impressed I am at her range. Her writing is not only very arousing and vivid, it can be funny or bittersweet or dark as well.

All the stories in this collection were romantic and had happy endings, which I personally prefer to the darker tone of some of the kinkier erotic. The stories in the book were heartwarming as well as being arousing. I very much enjoyed this book, I would recommend it to friends who enjoy romance as well as erotica. Kudos to Rachel Kramer Bussell for putting together a great collection, and kudos to the authors for their great work.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm words for not-so-warm weather Dec 15 2008
By George Kelly - Published on
Format: Paperback
Review, Rachel Kramer Bussel, "Bedding Down"

"[...] 'Ask of me what you will,' she says again, but Gideon pretends not to hear, Instead, he listens to a flock of birds flying south, the occasional report of a deer-hunter's rifle, the sound of the air. He is in love with November. He does not want her to disturb this moment. [...]"
Isabelle Gray's "Northern Exposure"

The blank page can look a lot like a snow-covered field. You enter with a sense of expansion and freedom, watch the trail you leave behind

I'll begin by tipping my hand: autumn's my favorite season, but winter's a very close second. Living in the Bay Area, I don't miss really cold weather: I can get a taste with a few hours' drive north or east at the right time of year.

The other way I can feel the chill, perversely, is with the right kind of literature. Just about anything well-written and set in a low-temperature location will do the job.

Fortunately, I've not had to make do with just about anything. I've just gotten finished with Rachel Kramer Bussel's latest anthology of short stories, "Bedding Down." (Full disclosure: I received a review copy in exchange for a promise to write a review and post it to the book's listing.)

In Kramer Bussel's introduction, "The Perfect Chill," she talks about how the characters in the anthology's seven novellas "boldly stare down winter, daring it to derail their lusty plans -- and sometimes winter rises to the challenge."

I felt that challenge met most directly in Isabelle Gray's "Northern Exposure," where a Broadway actress and an architect find some solace during a time of suffering hundreds of miles from New York City. Sexy romps have their place, but they take on a little more significance when they're more artfully tethered to Gray's portrait of a relationship facing a serious pivot point.

I was pleasantly surprised by the characters in Marilyn Jaye Lewis' "Baby, It's Cold Outside," where car trouble during snowy weather puts a couple's scenic-route drive to a Philadelphia Flyers game on pause.

I found several reasons to smile during the ruder, less plot-driven passages in Sophie Mouette's "Hidden Treasure" and Kristina Wright's "One Night in Winter," which each bring late-teen pining for partners forward through the years -- the former to a small-town wedding, and the latter to an upstate New York castle that reminded me more than a little of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

I don't know about what you might call "a sexy and sure cure for the winter blues," but I think you might find a lot to enjoy about this collection of seasonal fiction: a definite distraction from the holidays, and a worthy stocking stuffer and/or bookshelf addition whether or not the weather plays along.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Warmth For Cold Winter Nights Dec 14 2008
By The Butterfly Temptress - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I've been a fan of RKB for a while, I really have to say that she outdid herself with this collection. The stories were more evolved, the characters more fleshed out, and I found myself longing to read more about them. The stories drew me in and kept me reading, wondering where each couple would end up.

While all the stories were well written, three had me completely unable to put the book down until the very last page.

"Six Weeks on Sunrise Mountain, Colorado" by Gwen Masters

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Marilyn Jaye Lewis

"Sweet Season" by Shanna Germain

I think that the stories were outstanding, but a little light on the hot sex we've come to expect from RKB anthologies. If you're looking for something hardcore, fast and furious, then this might not be the book for you. While the sex is there, the writing seems to be centered around the couples and their relationship, not the sex itself.

For a girl like me who loves to read about real couples and real sex, this was the perfect balance of both. If I'd share one book from my collection with my friends this winter, this book would be it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for someone you want to warm up with Dec 16 2008
By Michael A. Alderete - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a really good book to give to your sweetie right before heading off to the ski cabin, or Xmas on the East Coast. But you'd better make sure you'll have some alone time, or you'll both be frustrated!

This is not Penthouse Forum. Although the stories have explicit sections, and will surely get you worked up, there's a real story in every one, and the sex fits in relatively naturally. If you're looking for porn, this isn't it, but if you want to read something interesting, that will get your pulse pounding, you'll enjoy this book.

Not every story will please you; erotica is very personal. On balance, two stories didn't really work for me, but with seven novellas, you will surely find pleasure in this book. And if you give it to that special someone, and set the mood, you'll _both_ find pleasure, somewhere out there in the cold.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High energy costs leaving you cold? Read this! Dec 4 2008
By Neve Black - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's cold outside, but this book offers seven, well written, and hot short stories that will surely warm you up, lickety-split. One for each day of the week! Each story, like each talented writer offers something for everyone. You'll find romance blooming in the dead of winter as well as bonfires burning with passion and lust in this book.

p.s. I've folded down more pages to share with a friend the next time the snow starts to fall - let's just say it's a little something extra special to help keep the high price of heating costs down...while insuring my body temperature is running hot, hot, hot....