Just Do It by Douglas Brown
First line: “Like you, I’ve enjoyed my share of days I like to think of as ‘most excellent.’”
Journalist Douglas Brown is my new hero. His incredibly cool wife proposed they have sex, no matter what, for 100 days (or nights) straight to help spice up their marriage. It’s not that their union is a bad one by any definition, but kids certainly take their toll on the “us time.” He accepts, of course (duh), and the result is JUST DO IT: HOW ONE COUPLE TURNED OFF THE TV AND TURNED ON THEIR SEX LIVES FOR 101 DAYS (NO EXCUSES). This marathon of mating requires them to experiment — with lube, porn vids, pepper-laced towelettes called Keep Dick Hard, not to mention Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. He’s witty, she’s witty, so it makes for a saucy, yet completely innocent read (they are, after all, happily married). What it lacks is conflict — a vertigo scare and a bout of homesickness don’t count — but this story is all about a different kind of friction. And you know, with the divorce rate what it is, it’s refreshing to see a title like this come along, even if it is a stunt, because it puts forth a message couples would do well to get behind.
For: Spouses who are still in love and lust and for those who need the reminder.—Rod Lott