Pamela Madsen

Blogger Pamela Madsen shares a lot—perhaps overshares—in the title of her new memoir, Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure…and Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner (Rodale, $24.99). At first glance, the story of an unsatisfied professional woman realizing she has the desire to be desired again sounds like just another tome on the long shelf of women’s sexscapades, like the NC-17 version of Elizabeth Gilbert. However, Madsen’s story is different. First, she’s a certified sex educator and fertility educator. And second, she doesn’t go running off to Asia to find herself; she stays at home with her husband and kids. (As a result, thank God, we’ll be spared the Julia Roberts movie version.) Madsen’s is a humorous, plus-size story of a woman learning to love herself. And her body. And, of course, sex—which you don’t have to be young and skinny to enjoy. LAURA EASLEY

Thu., Feb. 10, 6 p.m., 2011

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