Thursday, November 8, 2012

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

Posted by on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner (11/20/2012)
by Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene and Lorna Garano

Publisher's Description: A candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand. The memoir opens with Cohen Greene's work with Mark O'Brien, who was confined to an iron lung after contracting polio at age six. Their relationship is depicted in the new film, The Sessions, with Helen Hunt.

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The Sex Is Out of This World: Essays on the Carnal Side of Science Fiction (11/28/2012)
by Sherry Ginn

Publisher's Description: "Science fiction" can be translated into "real unreality." More than a genre like fantasy, which creates entirely new realms of possibility, science fiction constructs its possibilities from what is real, from what is, indeed, possible, or conceivably so. This collection, then, looks to understand and explore the "unreal reality," to note ways in which our culture's continually changing and evolving mores of sex and sexuality are reflected in, dissected by, and deconstructed through the genre of science fiction. This book is a collection of new essays, with the general objective of filling a gap in the literature about sex and science fiction. The essays herein explore the myriad ways in which authors envision very different beings expressing this most fundamental of human behaviors.

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Tricks of the Trade: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Lust from America's Most Famous Escort (11/13/2012)
by Ashley Dupre

Publisher's Description: Filled with practical advice on every aspect of sex, love, and lust, Ashley Dupre's column "Ask Ashley" doled out her unflinchingly honest, expert opinions on questions asked by New York Post readers, which ranged from threesomes to rubber fetishes to rekindling the romance, and even touched on what to do if you suspect your daughter is sleeping with the entire football team. Dupre took all of these questions in stride, gave plenty of sex tips, stressed the importance of honest and open communication, and taught us that a bottle of wine is always the answer... With Dupre's nearly three years' worth of columns organized into topical chapters, Tricks of the Trade is the definitive guide to picking up, hooking up, and having a sex life that rivals erotica.

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The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment (11/13/2012)
by Jack Morin

Publisher's Description: An exploration of the least understood dimensions of human sexuality — the psychology of desire, arousal, and fulfillment. Based on an in-depth analysis of over 1,000 provocative stories of peak sexual experiences, The Erotic Mind offers clear, accessible guidance on how anyone can utilize his or her own peak encounters and fantasies as powerful tools of self-discovery. The Erotic Mind explains the many paradoxes of erotic life, such as: why we're most excited when we must overcome obstacles; how anxiety, guilt, and anger — generally thought to have a negative impact on sexual arousal — often turn out to be aphrodisiacs; how we use unresolved issues from our early lives to intensify passion; and why the best sex is dynamic and unpredictable, rather than static and safe.

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How Sex Became a Civil Liberty (11/27/2012)
by Leigh Ann Wheeler

Publisher's Description: The first book to show how and why we have come to see sexual expression, sexual practice, and sexual privacy as fundamental rights. Using rich archival sources and oral interviews, historian Leigh Ann Wheeler shows how the private lives of women and men in the American Civil Liberties Union shaped their understanding of sexual rights as they built the constitutional foundation for the twentieth-century's sexual revolutions.

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A Steampunk's Guide to Sex (11/15/2012)
by Professor Calamity

Publisher's Description: A guide to the sexy side of steampunk, covering everything from kinky Victorian sexuality to contemporary subcultural sex. Covers such hot topics as erotica, sex work, burlesque, BDSM, alternative sexualities, consent, sexual health, sex devices, and historical attitudes on sex; plus how-to guides on DIY floggers, steam-powered vibrators, Victorian aphrodisiacs, and more. Profusely illustrated with steampunk erotic diagrams, illustrations, and tintypes.

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Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History (11/15/2012)
by Gregory D. Smithers

Publisher's Description: Smithers investigates how African Americans have narrated, remembered, and represented slave-breeding practices. He argues that while social and economic historians have downplayed the significance of slave breeding, African Americans have refused to forget the violence and sexual coercion associated with the plantation South. By placing African American histories and memories of slave breeding within the larger context of America’s history of racial and gender discrimination, Smithers sheds much-needed light on African American collective memory, racialized perceptions of fragile black families, and the long history of racially motivated violence against men, women, and children of color.

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Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On (11/13/2012)
by Christine Benvenuto

Publisher's Description: This book is a journey through the end of a marriage and out the other side. We see a woman, desperate to save her family and shelter her children, discover a well of strength and resilience she never knew she had. We learn what to tell the neighbors when your husband starts wearing heels with his shirts and ties. We see a woman open herself to a group of friends who travel with her through her darkest times, provide light and levity throughout—and who offer the opportunity to learn how to give as well as receive the love and support of true friendship. When she lost her husband to skirts and hormones, life made Chris a better woman.

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Sex Work: Labour, Mobility and Sexual Services (11/12/2012)
by JaneMaree Maher

Publisher's Description: This book draws together the everyday practices of sex workers and the broader global markets in which workers negotiate employment. In bringing together these two important intersecting areas, it offers a grounded and innovative account of sex work which will be of interest to academics and policy makers concerned with sex work, gender studies and the sociology of labour.

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Language, Sex and Social Structure: Analysing Discourses of Sexuality (11/27/2012)
by Jodie Clark

Publisher's Description: This book offers an innovative way of doing critical discourse analysis that focuses on the performatively produced concepts and social structures that support oppressive attitudes in a community. It draws upon ethnographic data from a women's field hockey club to examine players' homophobic attitudes towards lesbians on the team.

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