Meghan O'Rourke, Troy Patterson, and Katie Roiphe discuss Gay Talese's Thy Neighbor's Wife.

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July 16 2009 7:58 AM

The Audio Book Club on Gay Talese

Our critics discuss Thy Neighbor's Wife.

Thy Neighbor's Wife.

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This month, the Audio Book Club looks at Gay Talese's Thy Neighbor's Wife—a panoramic cultural history of sex in America that concentrates mostly on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and '70s. In April, Harper released an updated edition of the book, first published in 1981. Our critics agree that it's a remarkable book: a notable example of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s that, 30 years later, "speaks to the Sodom and Gomorrah that we live in now."

Slate's Audio Book Club now comes to you on the third Thursday of every month. Our selection for August is the controversial new book  A Vindication of Love by Cristina Nehring. Listen for our discussion of A Vindication of Love, coming to the podcast on Aug. 20.

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Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.

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