A raw and honest look at women’s lives based on reports and interviews, Three Women (Avid Reader Press/Simon and Schuster) is an explicit and intense work of nonfiction. Author Lisa Taddeo dives deep into the sexual and emotional worlds of Maggie, Sloan and Lina, revealing desires and intimate details of their lives over an eight-year period.

All of the women’s stories are independent of each other and they are different in many ways: age, social class, location.  One is in an unhappy marriage and having an affair with an old flame.  One runs a restaurant with her husband and enjoys an open marriage, yet feelings of power, control and desire are complicated.  And the third one, the most upsetting for me, had an affair with her high school teacher when she was underage and years later, calls him out on it and brings charges against him in a court of law.

In these relationships, decisions regarding sex and intimacy lead to vulnerability and many mixed emotions.


These women all have unique and different stories and represent just three of the more than 300 million people living in America, yet some things are universal.  The search for approval and acceptance, the need to be desired, and the enjoyment derived from a sense of power seem to be consistent. 

Honest and often shocking, Lisa Taddeo lets us in on these women’s lives, sexual practices and emotions.  This book might not be for everyone…

Lisa Taddeo crisscrossed the United States countless times, moved to six different places, and talked to hundreds of men and women to ultimately find three women whose lives tell the story of desire in America. Taddeo has given voice to unspoken activities fueled by lust and desire throughout her journalism career. She has examined, with precision, incidents by A-listers arising from lust and infidelity for New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, and Glamour.