Instagram Can’t Get Enough of Three Women!

by  | August 6

It’s been one month since Three Women by Lisa Taddeo hit the shelves of bookstores across the world and it is impossible to open Instagram without spotting its iconic red, white, and black cover.  From Kelly Ripa to Elizabeth Gilbert to the larger bookstagram community, it feels like everyone has it in their beach bag this summer.  Three Women is not your average beach read – based on nearly a decade of reporting, Three Women is the riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women.  The subject matter of the book is powerful, and the responses from the readers of Instagram have been honest, thoughtful, and impactful.  Here are seven of our favorites, but be warned: after reading these reviews, you’ll be racing to your local bookstore to get a copy for yourself.

Cassie, @book_gal

“Three Women is messy – in the best way possible, because it’s real. Real life mess… Three Women couldn’t have come at a better time. Us women need to get more comfortable in our mess, our desire, our shame, our want. This book has opened up so much discussion and I love that.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, @elizabeth_gilbert_writer

“The best book of the year is the one on the left [Three Women]…which is a really good non-fiction companion to the one on the right [City of Girls]… Both books are explorations of female sexual and emotion desire. But the one on the left is deeply, powerfully, unforgettably true. And it was published TODAY!!! Go get it!”

Hitha Palepu, @hithapalepu

“It’s a nonfiction book, but reads like a juicy novel that you cannot-will not put down. What makes Three Women so powerful is showing sexuality from the women’s point of view, compared to the historical and current masculine lens it’s always been portrayed. 

It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year – and ever.”

Kelly Ripa, @kellyripa

“This book is breathtaking. A must read. Read the prologue. Read the q and a with the author at the end. Read from cover to cover. #wcw all women ♥️”

Ana, @inquisitivebookworm

“By far one of the best books I’ve read so far this year! I don’t know how Taddeo did it, but I could’ve sworn I was reading fiction… It’s such a timely and raw exploration of women’s sexuality and the struggles of femininity. If there’s one book you shouldn’t miss this year, it’s this one. 5⭐️”

Janelle, @shereadswithcats

“What I love most, and what makes this book so special, is that Taddeo spectacularly writes their stories without judgement and with unveiled honesty… THREE WOMEN is compelling, thought-provoking, and reflective. I have nothing but respect for these three women who let us into the depths of their inner thoughts and desires. ★★★★★”

Nnenna, @scsreads

“I’m floored by the stories of these three women and the way that Taddeo has brought them to life. Their voices are so honest and vulnerable and beautiful to read. And I keep thinking about how we as women sometimes suppress our feelings and desires, until we can’t anymore.”

Three Women

Three Women

by Lisa Taddeo

It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

We begin in suburban Indiana with Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. She passes her days cooking and cleaning for a man who refuses to kiss her on the mouth, protesting that “the sensation offends” him. To Lina’s horror, even her marriage counselor says her husband’s position is valid. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks. When she reconnects with an old flame through social media, she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming.

In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who finds a confidant in her handsome, married English teacher. By Maggie’s account, supportive nightly texts and phone calls evolve into a clandestine physical relationship, and he promises that they’ll skip school on her eighteenth birthday and make love all day. Instead, he breaks up with her on the morning he turns thirty. A few years later, Maggie has no degree, no career, and no dreams to live for. When she learns that this man has been named North Dakota’s Teacher of the Year, she steps forward with her story, turning their quiet community upside down.

Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane—a gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner—who is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. He picks out partners for her alone or for a threesome, and she ensures that everyone’s needs are satisfied. For years, Sloane has been asking herself where her husband’s desire ends and hers begins. One day, they invite a new man into their bed—but he brings a secret with him that will finally force Sloane to confront the uneven power dynamics that fuel their lifestyle.

Based on years of immersive reporting, and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today’s America, exposing the fragility, complexity, and inequality of female desire with unprecedented depth and emotional power. It is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy, that introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.

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Morgan Hoit is the Associate Marketing Manager at Avid Reader Press. She is also the content creator and book worm behind nycbookgirl – a blog dedicated to book recommendations, guides to NYC, and more. She loves literary fiction, memoirs, theater, and classics, and feels passionately about sloths, oat milk, soulcycle, and the revival of the Jonas Brothers.