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America Unzipped
In Search of Sex and Satisfaction
Written by Brian Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35133-3 (0-307-35133-5)

Stunned by the uninhibited questions from ordinary people on his msnbc.com column, “Sexploration,” Brian Alexander was driven to understand Americans’ desire to get down and dirty—especially in an era where conservative family values dominate.

To find out what people are really doing, Alexander set out on a sexual safari in modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Angry Men, Passive Men
Understanding the Roots of Men's Anger and How to Move Beyond It
Written by Marvin Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90811-2 (0-449-90811-9)

Nationally known therapist Marvin Allen explores the root causes of men’s emotional problems and offers a comprehensive solution to restore their sense of joy and well-being: men working together in therapy groups.

Drawing on the life stories of scores of men, as well as the author’s own personal experience, this landmark... Read more >

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The Power of Divine Eros
The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life
Written by A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-083-8 (1-61180-083-8)

Most spiritual teachings take the position that desire, wanting, and passion are opposed to the spiritual path. The concern is that engaging in desire will take you more into the world, into the mundane, into the physical, and into egoic life. And for most people, that is exactly what happens. The... Read more >
Also available as a audio CD.

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For Each Other

Written by Lonnie Garfield Barbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1983
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-17297-4 (0-385-17297-4)

For Each Other offers a complete program for establishing more joyful and satisfying intimacy with your partner.  Dr. Barbach answers questions and provides the necessary tools to enliven your sexual relationship. Read more >

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The Second Sex

Written by Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26556-2 (0-307-26556-0)

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of “woman” and to postulate on the power of sexuality.

Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Second Sex

Written by Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27778-7 (0-307-27778-X)

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Bonds of Love
Psychoanalysis, Feminism, & the Problem of Domination
Written by Jessica Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 318 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-75730-8 (0-394-75730-0)

Noted feminist theorist and psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin shows how domination is a complex psychological process which ensnares both parties in bonds of complicity, and underlies our family life, our social institutions, and especially our sexual relations, despite our conscious commitment to equality and freedom.

"An amazingly lucid account of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Straight
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
Written by Hanne Blank


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4459-9 (0-8070-4459-8)

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hello Cruel World
101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws
Written by Kate Bornstein
Foreword by Sara Quin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 2, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-720-6 (1-58322-720-2)

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Queer and Pleasant Danger
The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today
Written by Kate Bornstein


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0165-3 (0-8070-0165-1)

“I was born male and now I’ve got medical and government documents that say I’m female—but I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man. . . .”

Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are just a few words which have defined Kate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stuck in the Middle with You
A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders
Written by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Contribution by Anna Quindlen


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2176-3 (0-7679-2176-3)

A father for ten years, a mother for eight, and for a time in between, neither, or both, Jennifer Finney Boylan has seen parenthood from both sides of the gender divide. When her two children were young, Boylan came out as transgender, and as Jenny transitioned from a man to a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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"You Can Tell Just By Looking"
And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People
Written by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4245-8 (0-8070-4245-5)

In “You Can Tell Just by Looking” three scholars and activists come together to unpack enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Myths, such as “All Religions Condemn Homosexuality” and “Transgender People Are Mentally Ill,” have been used to justify discrimination... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Culture of Desire
Paradox and Perversity in Gay Lives Today
Written by Frank Browning


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75030-7 (0-679-75030-4)

With a new Introduction by the author. Browning offers a narrative investigation into what it means to be a gay man in America in the 1990s, and poses the question of how a culture can create itself out of sexual desire. Exploring the worlds gay men have created, from Cuban couples... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Body Project
An Intimate History of American Girls
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73529-8 (0-679-73529-1)

Choice Outstanding Academic Book

The Body Project is at once rigorous and very accessible. Brumberg’s use of the intimate voices of girls’s diaries opened a wonderful discussion about sexuality in my women’s studies seminar. Students could see what was distinctive about their generation’s assumptions. In short, they could see themselves as part... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

Translated by Richard Burton
Introduction by Margot Anand


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75924-6 (0-375-75924-7)

Sir Richard F. Burton’s translation of The Kama Sutra remains one of the best English interpretations of this early Indian treatise on politics, social customs, love, and intimacy. Its crisp style set a new standard for Sanskrit translation.

The Kama Sutra stands uniquely as a work of psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Clitoral Truth
The Secret World at Your Fingertips
Written by Rebecca Chalker
Illustrated by Fish


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-473-1 (1-58322-473-4)

The clitoris has been dismissed, undervalued, unexplored, and misunderstood for hundreds of years, but the truth is out there, and internationally celebrated sex educator Rebecca Chalker has found it. In The Clitoral Truth, Chalker offers the only mainstream, in-depth exploration devoted solely to women’s genital anatomy and sexual response.

Women readers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0154-7 (0-8070-0154-6)

Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. And, as Gail Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4452-0 (0-8070-4452-0)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Joining the Tribe
Growing Up Gay and Lesbian in the '90s
Written by Linnea Due


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47500-6 (0-385-47500-4)

Joining the Tribe is a portrait of American gay and lesbian teenagers as an endangered and vulnerable community whose diversity, courage, and resiliency will inspire gay and straight audiences alike. This thought-provoking commentary brings a focus to the confusion many gay and lesbian youths feel and illuminates the fear, despair, and... Read more >

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The Hearts of Men
American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment
Written by Barbara Ehrenreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1987
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-17615-6 (0-385-17615-5)

An original explanation of recent sexual culture and the loosening of marriage bonds over the past twenty years.

"The Hearts of Men not only explodes some pervasive beliefs, it affords an invigorating reading of American culture through the last three decades."—Philadelphia Inquirer Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Re-Making Love
The Feminization Of Sex
Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 18, 1987
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-18499-1 (0-385-18499-9)

This provocative book reveals how the real sexual revolution was initiated by women -- not men -- and how it transformed both our behavior and our understanding of what sex means in our lives. Read more >

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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39029-5 (0-307-39029-2)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

As the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath sweep streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Middle East, Shereen El Feki—an award-winning Canadian-Egyptian journalist—has been looking at unrest a little closer to home: in the sexual lives of Arab men and women. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37739-5 (0-307-37739-3)

If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at an upheaval a little closer to home—in the sexual lives of men and women... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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American Plastic
Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection
Written by Laurie Essig


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0323-7 (0-8070-0323-9)

The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to “fix” ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Herculine Barbin

Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1980
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73862-8 (0-394-73862-4)

Introduction by Michel Foucault. With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as an hermaphrodite. She was designated female at birth. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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