By Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene
For the previous 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has labored as a surrogate accomplice, assisting consumers to confront, think about, and eventually settle for their sexuality. during this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene stocks a few of her such a lot relocating situations, and likewise finds her personal sexual coming-of-age. starting with a inflexible Catholic upbringing within the Nineteen Fifties, the place she used to be taught to imagine intercourse and sexual wishes have been unnatural and unsuitable, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.
An Intimate Life deals a candid investigate the private lifetime of a surrogate accomplice, reading the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing anything most folk don't instantly understand.
The memoir opens with Cohen Greene's paintings with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, whose essay "On Seeing A intercourse Surrogate" was once tailored right into a significant movie titled "The Sessions," which used to be published national in October 2012.
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An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner by Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene