March 24, 2013

In a March 21 Style article discussing why E.L. James’s novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” has stayed on its bestseller list for 50 consecutive weeks, The Post quoted Mark Laframboise, manager of Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, as saying that the audience for the book is mostly women “from 18 to 80.”

Mr. Laframboise should come to my beauty shop in Rockville and see the many residents of Leisure World, well above 80 years of age, who are sitting under hair dryers with their eyes glued to the books. When I asked one woman what drew her to the “Fifty Shades” series, she joyfully responded that they were the most titillating she’s ever read. Indeed, these books appeal to more than a mainstream, general audience. Female senior citizens are openly reading books that their own mothers wouldn’t have dreamed of devouring. Or would they have, too?

Kathy Megyeri, Washington