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|Hayley Matthews • 9/25/14|
Even people who don’t like to read like to read books about sex.
From the form and function of sexuality, to the psychosis and analysis behind it, these 10 books explore the wants, needs and reasoning behind that which builds life while also making it rich.
Bragging Rights: 3.4-star Amazon rating
Love it or hate it but “Fifty Shades of Grey” was THE book of 2011. Written by British author E.L. James, this novel offers the best in romance and BDSM. Who could ask for more? As one reviewer puts it, “Erotic, amusing and deeply moving, the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever.”
Bragging Rights: 4.7-star Amazon rating
The full title of psychoanalyst Paul Joannides’ book is “Guide to Getting It On! A Book About the Wonders of Sex.” This runaway hit found popular success as well as placement in some college courses. He’s a serious academic but with a style to break down the entire game. This how-to covers seduction, rejection, human nature and the intricacies of love with style, humor and page-turning gusto.
Bragging Rights: 4.6-star Amazon rating
So much has been written about control in relationships, often in how-to form or even examining the psychosis behind the attraction. “Domination & Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook” goes beyond those limits to explore the nature of such relationships, including how to cultivate and protect them. Understanding reasonable guidelines and the desires of both partners, even the sub, are covered from a male and female perspective.
Bragging Rights: 4.4-star Amazon rating
It’s not hard to see why “She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman” hovers around Amazon’s Top 1000. It’s the essential guide to making women happy. Called “Every Man’s Must Read” by Cosmo, Ian Kerner brings charm and logic to convincing men of the benefits of giving. It’s a witty and compelling read about making sure both partners are serviced and satisfied.
Bragging Rights: 4.3-star Amazon rating
Published in 2011, “Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray and What It Means for Modern Relationships” was praised for challenging “conventional wisdom about sex in a big way,” and that’s putting it mildly. The book utilizes everything from anatomy and anthropology, to primatology and psychosexuality to deem monogamy unnatural for the species. It’s funny, dark and often biting.
Bragging Rights: 4.2-star Amazon rating
Robert Rake’s classic from 2004 exposes the different roles we play in seduction, from saint and siren, to comedian and star. He offers the now-famous 24 methods and strategies of the seduction process and warns of “the pitfalls of the anti-seducer.” Readers see themselves in the characters Rake utilizes, essentially archetypes on human sexuality.
Bragging Rights: 4.1-star Amazon rating
Years before AIDS became known, Gay Talese offered this 1981 smash that exposed the real sex lives of Americans. Eyes were opened nationwide in a roll-out that took the author from the Playboy Mansion to the Supreme Court. His book charts the nature of temptation, mixed morality and a female sexual revolution that had not yet found its end.
Bragging Rights: 3.9-star Amazon rating
Still trusted after all these centuries, “The Complete Kama Sutra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text” eclipses all other words on the subject, revered worldwide and continually printed commercially for decades. This first uncut English modern translation has remained a preferred text since publishing in 1993. Some call it history’s how-to-manual for human sexuality.
Bragging Rights: 5-star Amazon rating
This 1988 follow-up to their landmark 1966 publication expanded the parameters of human sexuality and emotion to include changing times and altered attitudes. It became an important guide for parents, educators and those looking to self-teach. The book also comments on the authors’ views of other forms of sex therapy becoming popular.
From the famous grandfather of sex ed in America comes an early exploration of one half of human sexuality – the male specimen. Kinsey autopsies their behaviors, motivations, hungers and emotional limits. The celebrated biologist brings his scientific and natural curiosity for why and how men seek sex.
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