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What are you reading now?

Liane ''How to Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong. I was young and impressionable when I read Fear of Flying. I found it decadent and shocking. I was older when I first read How To Save Your Own Life. I found it decadent and shocking, yes, but also delicious and empowering with its siren call to Live! Love! Cast away the dross! This is my third or fourth reading, and each time I fall in love with Jong's storytelling all over again.''

LIANE SPICER, author of Café au Lait


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Fear of Flying is one of those books I kept meaning to read when I felt grown up enough. Now I'm very grown up - 51 - I'll read them both.


OK, this is kinda weird: I've never read Fear of Flying!


I haven't read either, but I'm going to hunt them both down.

Howard Cohen

I must have been about 13 or so when Fear of Flying came out. I think around 1976? Anyhow, I remember seeing that paperback's cover at the newstands, on the counter, right where I'd buy my comic books and, soon, Playboys, and for a long while was intrigued about what lurked inside the pages of that book with the skin-flick cover.
Never got around to it.
Am curious again, now that you bring it up.


I haven't read either of these books, but will have to check them out now.

Farrah Rochon

Thanks for the tip, Liane. I'll have to check these out. I haven't read either book.

Erin Kellison

Those sound like facinating books. I will have to check them out!


I remember a classmate of mine who had, unfortunately, been labeled 'fast' casually carrying around and reading Jong's Fear of Flying. It made me very curious but the stigma associated with the book and the girl in question proved too powerful for my still developing literary independence. Now all these years later, I still haven't read either book you mentioned...Must declare my own independence anew at my nearest bookstore!:>)


I haven't read either book. Thanks for the recommendation, will check them out.


Ah - I remember Fear of Flying well. Once read, never forgotten. Zipless **** only has meaning if you've read the book.


Thanks for the recommendation. Definitely a couple to check out.

Emily Bryan

Fear of Flying was a rite of passage I missed, but I remember it made a huge splash at the time. Female sexuality was a bit taboo then, but Ms. Jong yanked it out of the closet.

Might be time for me to hit the bookstore.

Leanna Renee Hieber

Thanks, Liane! I'll be looking for this book!

Elissa Wilds

Erica Jong rocks!!! You are so right on, Liane!

Barbara Monajem

This is one of those books I've been meaning to read forever... thanks for reminding me.

Mimi Riser

Ahh... I well remember reading "Fear of Flying" back in college - on the advice of my mother, amazingly enough. She and I both loved it. :)

Dindy Yokel

Fear of Flying is Jong's best work and a must read. Just finished Carlos Ruiz Zafon's new book - not as good as his first but definitely a page turner.

nyc/caribbean ragazza

I read Fear Of Flying when I was too young to really understand it. I need to re-read it.

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