Friday, October 5, 2012

Between the sheets: Top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender out this October.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality
by Suzy Spencer (10/2/2012)

Publisher's Description: Suzy Spencer posted a simple online request: “Need to talk about sex…” Soon she started talking to people—from across America of all ages and sexual orientations—who make no apology for how they fire their imaginations and satisfy their desires. Soon she found herself invited to be a voyeur—listening in on phone sex and attending BDSM mixers and workshops. Secret Sex Lives is an intimate account of a journalist who is seduced by her subject; a woman who sets out to look behind closed doors but ends up on a personal, revealing journey to find herself.

Sex Press: The Sexual Revolution in the Underground Press, 1963-1979
by Vincent Berniere (10/1/2012)

Publisher's Description: From 1965 to 1975, an array of journals, magazines, fanzines, and underground presses were the voice of a dramatic sexual revolution. Showcasing art from the most revolutionary publications of the era, the book traces the exuberant sexual liberation of the 1960s and then moves into the mid-1970s, with its more codified form of pornography. Illustrated by a vivid collection of full-page facsimiles, Sex Press offers a visual tour through an extraordinary period of experimentation, creativity, and sexual freedom. (Abrams, Harry N., Inc)

The Philosophy of Sex
by Nicholas Power (10/16/2012)

Publisher's Description: Featuring 30 essays, 13 of which are new to this edition, this best-selling volume examines the nature, morality, and social meanings of contemporary sexual phenomena. Topics include sexual desire, masturbation, sex on the Internet, homosexuality, transsexual issues, marriage, consent, exploitation, objectification, rape, pornography, promiscuity, and prostitution.

Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade
by William Benemann (10/1/2012)

Publisher's Description: The American West of the 19th century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe—not least also those who desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish nobleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships. This book provides a new perspective on the role of homosexuality in shaping the American West.

What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal
by John Gottman (10/2012)

Publisher's Description: Where does it come from? Why does some love last, and why does some fade? Gottman has spent decades observing the conversational patterns and biorhythms of thousands and thousands of couples. Now he applies this research to fundamental questions about trust and betrayal. This book shows readers how to identify signs, behaviors, and attitudes that indicate betrayal—whether sexual or not—and provides strategies for repairing what may seem lost or broken.

Lessons in Lingerie: Finding Your Perfect Shade of Seduction
by Rebecca Apsan (10/2012)

Publisher's Description: The essential guide to dressing to undress. With a new section on the sexy extremes of lingerie-from corsets to blindfolds, mastering the tease to caring for leather-this book is the perfect guide to making fantasies a reality. Written by lingerie expert Rebecca Apsan, who's been watching business at her reowned New York boutique, La Petite Coquette, soar since the Fifty Shades phenomenon, Lessons in Lingerie is the complete tops-to-bottoms guide to bras, panties, slips, sleepwear, shapewear, stockings, and accessories.

Sex and Drugs before the Rock 'n' Roll: Youth Culture and Masculinity during Holland's Golden Age
by Benjamin Roberts (10/15/2012)

Publisher's Description: An overview of what it was like to be young and male in the Dutch Golden Age. Here, well-known cohorts of Rembrandt are examined for the ways in which they expressed themselves by defying conservative values and norms. This study reveals how these young men rebelled, breaking from previous generations: letting their hair grow long, wearing colorful clothing, drinking excessively, challenging city guards, being promiscuous, smoking, and singing lewd songs. This study paints a compelling portrait of the youth culture of the Dutch Golden Age, at a time when the rising popularity of print made dissemination of new cultural ideas possible, while rising incomes and liberal attitudes created a generation of men behaving badly.

Original Sin: Ritual Child Rape and the Church
by Dr. David Hillman (10/16/2012)

Publisher's Description: An investigation of sacred Christian mysteries of antiquity to show the historic link between the use of drugs and ritualized sex embedded in Western religion. The West’s most venerated social, religious and political ideals stem from a cultural war waged against the human body. This book reveals the origin of this war. Using the influence of the first Christian Emperors, and the “moral authority” of their political organization, powerful bishops of the early Church promoted the performance of sacred “mysteries” in which young children were starved, drugged, and sodomized. In ceremonies meant to test their “purity," exorcist priests victimized children from the ranks of the orphans and homeless who populated the large cities of the ancient world.

Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection
by Deirdre Kelly (10/16/2012)

Publisher's Description: Throughout her history, the ballerina has been perceived as the embodiment of beauty and perfection— the feminine ideal. But the reality is another story. From the earliest ballerinas in the 17th century, who often led double lives as concubines, through the poverty of the corps de ballet dancers in the 1800s and the anorexic and bulimic ballerinas of George Balanchine, starvation and exploitation have plagued ballerinas throughout history. Using the stories of great dancers such as Anna Pavlova and Evelyn Hart, Deirdre Kelly exposes the true rigors for women in ballet.

From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
by Michael J. Klarman (10/5/2012)

Publisher's Description: A definitive one-volume history of the tumultuous emergence of same-sex marriage in American life as well as a landmark study of litigation, social reform, and the phenomenon of political backlash to court decisions.

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