I’m Reading 50 Shades of Grey as Homework for NPR

I took E.L. Jame’s Fifty Shades of Grey to the dog park and let’s say, the males started gravitating to me—and I’m not talkin’ ’bout the four-legged kind!

I had to read this va va voooom novel as homework for NPR while I fill-in on Tell Me More as guest host while Michel is away.

I swear.  NPR made me do it.  Under regular circumstances, I would never read such trash! (although political Op-Ed writers, columnists, and journos, note: maybe more, regular people would read your work on the Supreme Court rulings on health care legislation, immigration laws, and the election if we wrote as accessibly as E.L. James)

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado is Reading 50 Shades of Grey for NPR

Courtesy: someecards.com

So what’s it about this book that’s made E.L. a very rich mujer?  Is it the steamy S & M between main characters Ana and Christian?  Perhaps.  For modern women who are overworked, under-dating or not gettin’ enough sexy time in their relationships, there’s a fantasy that’s playing out, that’s safer than any one night stand.

Think about it:

I’m in control of the world!  Everything is perfect!  I’m a size 2!  I’m a regular on Tell Me More‘s Beauty Shop!  That’s what you see on my status updates on Facebook.

But how YOU  doin’?  Like REALLY?

Well, I’m an entrepreneur who has 18 part time/full-time jobs–and that doesn’t even include how I’m editorial chief, head of advertising and marketing, social media PR queen, IT genius, and cafecito girl at TWLC.

Oh yeah and the size 2?  Thanks Spanx for allowing me to squeeze into my clothes ‘cuz I really can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe.

The house?  Close your eyes I said to my girlfriend last night who came over for din lest she see the dust bunnies that reside at Chez Tazmanian Devil.

Given that in reality, the wheels are about to fly off, wouldn’t it be nice if for one minute,  I don’t have to be in charge, I don’t have to be perfect?

Wouldn’t it be great if I could unplug for one minute because he’ll handle it–and well.

Wouldn’t it be lo-veh-lee if I can just drop Wonder from Woman, just be Regular Woman because he’s a Real Man (like Papi) who doesn’t demand a medalla when he shows up when I need him without having to ask?

Now as far as all the freaky stuff, I’m not gettin’ in your bed or your business.

That chicas, is up to you.

Click to hear my first “Beauty Shop” not as a contributor, but moderator, joined with the Black Snob Danielle Belton, PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson, and Deepa Iyer of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) as we talk about the Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Fifty Shades of Grey, and if women can have it all.

Here’s another interview on Tell Me More I thought you would like: it’s about losing someone you love which sucks.  You know, you grow apart, you find someone else, he doesn’t want to have a baby and you do.

Now imagine if the man you loved, just up and croaked on you.  That happened to Beth Howard.  It’s a little more complicated than this (see line above).

She grieves and at the absolute rock bottom of her despair, she turns to pie.  Yes pie.  And piece by piece, she become whole.  Take a listen as Howard talks about her recently published Making Piece: a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie which comes from her blog, The World Needs More Pie (or I would say, flan).

Tell me, if not more, the TRUTH: have you/are you reading Fifty Shades of Grey?



  1. says

    You know… I tried to read this book. I did. But I couldn’t. It seemed like a string of filler between poorly written and silly scenes. THe author made a mint? Super. But i would rather be proud of my work than rich for crappy work. An 80s throwaway novel with Fabio on the cover would hold my attention better. :D

    • says

      I really enjoyed reading Making Peace. Beth is funny, honest, and raw. It’s too bad Oprah’s Book Club isn’t as popular as it used to be (does it still exist?). This would have been a great selection.

  2. Carrie says

    I read two of the books. Hate myself for it. A few scenes were hot, but reading about hot sex is not as fun as having hot sex.
    I don’t get what women are saying that this book changed their sex lives…if you want something hot and semi-kinky, ask for it. You didn’t need E.L. James to give you permission…

  3. says

    I absolutely agree with Maria & Carrie. I refuse to buy into the hype of this book. I read 2 pages from my co-workers copy and just couldn’t.

    But I do love the points you make. I have dust bunnies like you have no idea. And I would love to drop the wonder from woman – I’m tired.

    • says

      Thank you mujer. I’m tired over a Chez Tasmanian devil! I guess one of the tricks is asking for help, which I don’t do, and resetting expectations as opposed to having others set them.

  4. says

    Nope. Honestly? I’m too busy. And probably too prudish or repressed. I used to devour books before I had kids. But nowadays the only books I read are for children ages 6 and up.

  5. says

    Have heard about it but usually I stay away from the hype. Last I heard my friends talk about it I asked why don’t you just watch porn it sounds like the same thing…

    • says

      ¡¡¡jajajajaja!!! What do they say about women being seduced more through our “ears” than our “eyes” (like men) although reading is visual, too!

  6. says

    I only recently figured out what the book was about and why it was so loathed. I get it. But, I don’t see how the story line could be remotely appealing, even with the good argument you make for it. At least it wasn’t on your own conscious. It was work! That’s what she said. I’m interested in the pie story. Will check out her blog!

    • says

      I’m still only 120 pages in. Not the best writing and ironically, a snoozer. On the other hand, Beth Howard is a good writer and I breezed through it in a weekend. So much for style over substance, no?

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