Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 07, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Vagina: A New Biography

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Naomi Wolf
publisher
Ecco Press
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

What some call TMI, controversy-courting feminist Naomi Wolf presents as matter-of-fact reporting. After undergoing surgery to free a compressed pelvic nerve, the author of The Beauty Myth experienced soul-stirring orgasms that not only rocked her world but inspired her newest conversation-ready thesis: A woman’s happy, well-loved vagina is integral to her creativity and self-fulfillment. Vagina: A New Biography might more accurately be titled My Very Own Vagina, especially when Wolf exalts the ministrations of attentive lovers. Like the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, perhaps this book is best suited to e-readers. But Wolf’s survey of historical attitudes toward female genitalia is less titillating and more informative, especially the pages about jazz ladies who sang the blues about their vaginas. B-

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