If anyone needs proof that aging baby boomers are still very interested in romance, all you have to do is check out the shelves at your local library or bookstore. You’ll find scores of titles on the topic, everything from illustrated books on sexual positions to scholarly tomes on the science of attraction.
I encourage you to check out these books, flip through their pages and find the ones that most appeal to you — and your partner. (You’ll be amazed at how reading about sex can really put you in the mood!) But I’d also like to suggest some of my own favorites. Here’s a list of that can help you fill your bedroom bookshelf.
Envisioned and produced by Carol Denker, this book chronicles the love, marriages and commitments of 30 couples, each story more inspiring than the next. The pages are filled with gorgeous black and white photos of loving, happy couples of all races, backgrounds and lifestyles. It’s great for singles who have stopped believing in romance after 50, and for couples who want to celebrate their own relationship — or improve it.
Author Connie Goldman used to be on the staff of National Public Radio, and has a reporter’s knack for creating short but poignant and meaningful profiles of people’s relationships. You’ll thoroughly enjoy these inspirational love stories and useful tips on how to keep your relationship romantic.
Written by Ted Blake, this book offers instructional stories about forming a later-in-life romance. Blake, a syndicated dating and relationship columnist, profiles 50 couples and offers a “lessons learned” section after each tale. You’ll find practical tips for dating, online dating, maintaining romance and expanding your romantic horizons.
Joan Price writes candidly about how aging affects your sex life. She includes a diverse cross section of older people: coupled and single, gay and straight, able bodied and not so able bodied. This book offers advice from psychologists and medical professionals, including information on such difficult topics such as dealing with your sexual desires when you have an ill or mentally deteriorating spouse.
This how-to book offers a lot of good medical and health information that older men and women may not have thought about for a while, such as how to use condoms and why sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the 60-plus age group. There is a lot of helpful information on sexual technique as well.
Sometimes one person’s story of reclaiming love and sexual desire is more inspiring than all the how-to books in the world! This is a personal memoir by Rae Padilla Francouer, who shares the intimate details of her love life. If you are afraid of getting back in the “the game,” this book can be a powerful motivator.
Another great memoir by Susie Bright, the original sexual rebel who created the first erotic magazine for women: On Our Backs. She takes readers through her own journey to becoming a free sexual spirit. If you want to walk on the wild side and embrace an edgy kind of sexuality, this book is for you.
The author of Valuable Information for Lonely People of Any Age is back with this great book that includes extensive sexual information and a “you can do it” enthusiasm that is very encouraging.
The subtitle of this book is Dating, Romance, Sex and Love When You’ve Been Divorced, Widowed, Dumped or Distracted — and that says it all. The author, Dr. Judith Sills, is a celebrated psychologist who uses interviews with her clients to delve into the deeper fears that keep women from finding love again. Read it if you’re hoping to get back on the horse.