Nancy Friday About the Participants
January 13-16, 2000

NANCY FRIDAY grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She established herself as a magazine journalist in New York, England, Italy and France before publishing her first book, My Secret Garden, in 1973. The book became a bestseller and she has since published seven books on themes ranging from mothers and daughters to sexual fantasies, relationships, jealousy, envy, feminism and beauty. Most recently, HarperCollins released Our Looks, Our Lives: Sex, Beauty, Power and the Need to Be Seen. Friday is currently working on her first novel.

A frequent guest on television and radio programs such as Politically Incorrect, Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Friday also maintains a web site (, which acts as a forum for development of new work and interaction with her diverse audience.

A grateful resident of Key West, Friday also spends time in New York and Connecticut with her husband, Norman Pearlstine (Editor in Chief of Time Inc.) And her dog Bongo (a Shih-Tzu with his own frequent flier miles). Despite the judgment of Ms. Magazine ("This woman is not a feminist”) she has predicated her career on the belief that feminism and appreciation of men are not mutually exclusive concepts.

  • My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Simon & Schuster, 1973
  • Forbidden Flowers: More Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Simon & Schuster, 1975
  • My Mother, Myself: The Daughter’s Search for Identity, Delacorte Press, 1977
  • Men in Love, Men’s Sexual Fantasies: The Triumph of Love Over Rage, Dell Publishing, 1980
  • Jealousy, M. Evans & Co., 1985
  • Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Simon & Schuster, 1991
  • The Power of Beauty, HarperCollins Publishers, 1996
  • Our Looks, Our Lives: Sex, Beauty, Power and the Need to be Seen, HarperCollins Publishers, 1999