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Rye Bread Marriage

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Experience a beautiful, humorous, universal love story with this memoir about learning to live with another human being and how every relationship is a mystery--and a miracle.

When they first meet, John, a dashing European, a Latvian refugee, a physics PhD, is hoping to settle down. Michaele, a fast-talking American college student, is hungry for an independent life as a writer and historian. When they meet again some years later, Michaele is ready. Or so she thinks. And opposites attract, right?

The life Michaele and John build together intermingles sweetness--their love of good food, entertaining, and family--with complications, including their ethnic and religious differences (Michaele is Jewish; John is not), the trauma John endured as a child during WWII, Michaele's thwarted ambitions, and even John's preoccupation with Latvian rye. When he opens a successful company marketing rye bread, Michaele embarks on a European journey in search of her husband's origins, excavating poignant stories of war, privation, and resilience. She realizes at last that rye bread represents everything about John's homeland that he loved and lost. Eventually Michaele comes to love rye bread, too.

An enticing memoir for readers of Dani Shapiro's Hourglass, Bess Kalb's Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, and Heather Havrilesky's Foreverland, The Rye Bread Marriage asks, how do the stories we live and the stories we inherit play out in our relationships? After forty years of marriage, Michaele Weissman has a few answers.

S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties

S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties

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The go-to sex ed guide for teens and young adults, tackling everything you want to know about sex, from consent, safe sex, emotional health and more, from the founder of scarleteen.com.

As a teen or emerging adult, dealing with all the changes going on in your life, body, and mind can be mighty overwhelming. When it comes to sex, everyone seems to have strong feelings and opinions about who you should be and what you should (shouldn't) do. How do you decide who to listen to? Heather Corinna and Scarleteen have provided sex education and information to millions of young people, parents, and mentors since 1998; S.E.X. tackles all the big topics:

  • Self-image and how to find and claim your own sexual self
  • How to best protect and support your sexual and emotional health
  • Sorting out gender and sexual identities, even when they're complicated and confusing
  • The latest on contraceptive methods and other reproductive choices, sexually transmitted infections, and safer sex
  • Finding, creating, and managing healthy and happy relationships
  • How to set and respect limits and boundaries, and rock consent
  • Identifying, preventing, or healing from abuse or assault
  • ...and much more.
  • Whatever your gender or sexual identity, whether you've already been actively exploring your sexuality or are only just getting curious, S.E.X clearly spells out what you need and want to know--no shame, no judgement, just comprehensive and accurate info in a clear, straightforward language.

    Savage Love

    Savage Love

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    Welcome to the hot new wave of writing about sex: Savage Love. Columnist Dan Savage has hand-picked over 300 letters from six years worth of "Savage Love, " a no-holds-barred syndicated sex-advice column which runs in 16 papers in the United States and Canada, including The Village Voice and the San Francisco Weekly. An original and funny thinker, thrashing around in the playground of human sexuality, Savage advises on a wide range of titillating topics: * What is the best seduction music? * How do I come out to my fundamentalist parents? * What is so wonderful about intercourse, anyway? Forget Anka Radakovich and Isadora Altman. Tune in to Dan Savage as he answers these questions and much more in his own uniquely irreverent and sexually spunky style.
    Savage Love from A to Z

    Savage Love from A to Z

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    America's premier sex advice columnist takes on edgier-than-ever sex-positive topics with his signature candor in his first illustrated collection of adults-only essays, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Savage Love column.

    Dan Savage has been talking frankly about sex and relationships for 30 years, and has built an international following thanks to his sex-positive Savage Love column and podcast. To celebrate this milestone comes Savage Love from A to Z, an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays that provides a thoughtful, frank dive into Savage's trademark phrases and philosophies. This hardcover book is for anyone who's had sex, is currently having sex, or hopes to have sex!

    Essays cover a variety of topics:

  • B Is for Boredom
  • F Is for Fuck First
  • G Is for GGG (Good Giving Game)
  • M Is for Monogamish

  • Whether he's talking about issues like compatibility or specific sex acts, you can be sure he's giving it to you straight. Short excerpts from his classic columns kick off each essay and cheeky illustrations by his longtime collaborator Joe Newton complement the topic at hand. Savage has moved the needle toward a more open discourse around sex, relationships, and intimacy, and this book will both inspire and inform his legions of fans. An ideal stocking stuffer!

    Scary Close

    Scary Close

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    A New York Times bestseller, Scary Close is Donald Miller at his best.

    Scary Close is a book about

  • the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more;
  • the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving; and
  • knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career.
  • From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a story about finding the keys to a healthy relationship and discovering they are also the keys to a healthy family, a healthy career, and a healthy mind. And it all feels like the best kind of conversation with a good friend: smart, funny, true, important.

    After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he'd had enough. Impressing people wasn't helping him connect with anyone. He'd built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So, at forty years old he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost.

    Science of Sex

    Science of Sex

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    An engaging manual exploring the many scientific, practical, and emotional aspects of pleasure, for you and your partner(s)

    An empowering reeducation to fix our broken sexual culture.

    Dispelling the myth that everyone else is having "perfect sex," or even that there is such a thing, this book explores taboos, debunks myths, and brings together the latest research to a topic that has preoccupied the vast majority for millennia. Reframing assumptions about sex and moving away from a shame-based approach to a pleasure-focused, biopsychosocial one, Kate Moyle, a certified psycho-sexologist and relationship therapist, aims to encourage curiosity and pleasure, open a variety of perspectives and voices, build awareness and discovery, and enable readers to think about sex holistically. With a question-and-answer format directly addressing the reader, you can discover the sex you like having and move to a place of more acceptance, less judgment, and the freedom to be curious.

    Up to date and inclusive of all genders, bodies, and sexualities, this is a sex re-education, empowering you to explore your preferences, expand your horizons, and maximize you and your partner(s) potential for rewarding, and intimate sex.

    Sealing the Deal

    Sealing the Deal

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    Through her bestseller, Love in 90 Days, Dr. Diana Kirschner helped thousands of women find true love. Now she has written the perfect follow-up: SEALING THE DEAL, a unique guide to deepen any love relationship, to move from casual to committed, and ultimately to go from the anxiety of not knowing where things are going...to the security of fulfilling and lasting love.


    Love Mentor Dr. Diana offers revolutionary advice for finding-and keeping-the one you love:

  • Create irresistible attraction and an atmosphere that men love to be around.
  • Find out the single most important thing you can do to get a sincere commitment from the guy you want.

  • Keep that crazy-in-love feeling going, no matter how long you've been together.

  • Learn the secret to instantly resolving conflict with your man.

  • Know when to have "the talk" Don't think it matters when you bring it up? Think again.

  • Avoid the biggest mistake women make when he's "not ready" for a commitment

  • Get your relationship back and better than ever, even if he has cheated

  • If you have love problems, Dr. Diana has the solutions. This book is your key to creating your own happiest-ever-after now.

    Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth about Women, Money, and Relationships

    Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth about Women, Money, and Relationships

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    "Sex & The City meets The Wall Street Journal....Juicy, smart, dramatic and insightful--an addictive read."
    --Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties In The Secret Currency of Love, edited by Hilary Black, acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning women writers explore the fraught and powerful connections between love and money. As featured on the Today Show--with contributions by Karen Karbo, Kathryn Harrison, Lori Gottlieb, Julia Glass, Rebecca Traister, Dani Shapiro, Amy Sohn, and others--The Secret Currency of Love takes an unabashed look at relationships through the often-distorting lens of finance. As Elle magazine informs us, "All the bases are covered here, from the hard lessons women learn (and impart) to the inextricability of romance and cold hard cash."
    Sex and Spirit: Merging Heart and Soul

    Sex and Spirit: Merging Heart and Soul

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    Great sex is more than a physical act, and this book shows you how much more it can be. John Selby, one of the foremost experts in the field, helps make your sexual encounters come alive with renewed spontaneity, spirituality, and true joy-for a better relationship with your lover and a better life for yourself.
    Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

    Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

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    "Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly." -- Andrew Weil, M.D.

    "Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious--that human beings, both male and female, are lustful--is true, and has always been so.... The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained--even as it falls away around us." -- Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

    A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is "a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills."

    Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple's Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature

    Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple's Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature

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    Get ready for the big O--everything you need to get outside and get it on!

    Looking for ways to heat up your love life? Sex in a Tent will show you how to toss aside your bed sheets and discover your wild side outside. You'll find it's good for your sex life--and your relationship too!

    In this penetrating guide to what really goes on behind the tent flap (or under a tree, or in a canoe), author Michelle Waitzman reveals her tips from her years of experience "playing the field" in the backcountry.

    Filled with illustrations, positions, games, tricks, and stories from dozens of outdoor lovers, this book will inspire you to leave your bedroom behind in favor of the orgasmic opportunities for love, sex, and adventure in the great outdoors.

    "I don't know how I ever had sex in a tent without this guide! Essential."
    --Susie Bright

    "Smart and funny."
    --Rosie Fernandez, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

    Sex is Fun! Creative Ideas for Exciting Sex

    Sex is Fun! Creative Ideas for Exciting Sex

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    A fully illustrated, interactive, and completely original sex manual, combining the innovative look of a graphic novel with nonfiction advice and activities for fearless fun in bed

    Host of the wildly popular "Sex Is Fun" podcast, Kidder Kapers brings unique approaches to the topic of lovemaking. In his first book, Kaper reinvents the sex manual, using whimsical cartoon characters and stylishly illustrated pages to deliver his singular sexpertise.

    Sex Is Fun! is for anyone looking for creative ways to spice up their sex lives and for couples seeking long-term solutions for keeping their relationship exciting. Both entertaining and informative, it offers a fresh take on sex toys, talking dirty, sizzling foreplay, erotic massage, inventive positions, role-playing, and other tips for a mind-blowing experience.

    With clever illustrations and humorous dialogue, Kaper's titillating tour surpasses other books in the category, taking the intimidation out of sex play and offering workbook-style activities and games, such as the candid Sexual Interest Inventory and the What Scares You? questionnaire. Read solo or with a partner, these thirty-six chapters will help couples enhance communication, explore new territory, and reach higher levels of pleasure and fulfillment.

    Read Kidder Kaper's posts on the Penguin Blog.

    Sex Matters: From Sex to Superconsciousness

    Sex Matters: From Sex to Superconsciousness

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    One of the greatest spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century explores the physical and emotional intimacies of men and women in Sex Matters: Sex to Superconsciousness.

    Sex matters to us all. The Osho approach to sex begins with an understanding of how important love is in our lives, while at the same time acknowledges that the journey into love cannot exclude our innate biological energies. With this perspective, it becomes clear that the tendency for religions, and for society in general, to associate sex with sin and morality has been a great misfortune.

    Sex Matters begins by deconstructing the layers of sexual repression that the condemnation of sex has inflicted on humans. Throughout the book--in response to questions about everything from jealousy to premature ejaculation, the role of intimacy and the differences between men and women--Osho proposes a vision that embraces sex as a fundamental gift from nature. We learn how orgasm offers a glimpse of timelessness, thoughtlessness, and pure awareness--biology's way of pointing toward the consciousness that helps us to understand ourselves.

    Finally, we are presented with a clear choice: a repressed sexuality that leads to pornography, perversion, and a stunted humanity or a playful, respectful, and relaxed innocence that supports us in becoming fulfilled and whole, as nature intended.

    Osho challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to enjoy life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people--along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha--who have changed the destiny of India. Since his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

    Sextrology

    Sextrology

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    Picking up where Linda Goodman's Love Signs never dared to go, here is an original, smart, and provocative approach to evaluating sexual identities that will once again have people asking, "What's your sign?"

    In sophisticated, uninhibited language, Sextrology candidly explores each sign of the zodiac, male and female, through a unique, wholly original astro-sexual philosophy. In this highly entertaining and illuminating romp from inside the head to inside the jeans, the authors uncover the naked truth behind each of the 24 gender signs. With nary a trace of new age mumbo jumbo, they explore each sign's personal psychology, physical attributes, and sexual behavior in titillating detail--straight, gay, and beyond.

    From fantasies to favorite positions, erogenous zones to emotional needs, Sextrology will help you better understand your and others' sexual character, improve your understanding of relationships, and find out what to expect from a new person in your life. No stone is left unturned in this intelligent and enlightening investigation of sex and the sexes.

    Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire

    Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire

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    Is love "blind" when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This unsettling and original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa M. Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups, and, most important, different love relationships. This perspective clashes with traditional views of sexual orientation as a stable and fixed trait. But that view is based on research conducted almost entirely on men. Diamond is the first to study a large group of women over time. She has tracked one hundred women for more than ten years as they have emerged from adolescence into adulthood. She summarizes their experiences and reviews research ranging from the psychology of love to the biology of sex differences. Sexual Fluidity offers moving first-person accounts of women falling in and out of love with men or women at different times in their lives. For some, gender becomes irrelevant: "I fall in love with the person, not the gender," say some respondents. Sexual Fluidity offers a new understanding of women's sexuality--and of the central importance of love.
    Sexual Healing Journey

    Sexual Healing Journey

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    "Men and women who have despaired that their sex lives would never change will find hope and answers in this friendly, encouraging, and essential guide." --Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage to Heal and author of Allies in Healing

    This widely esteemed, highly respected resource helps survivors of sexual abuse heal from the past, improve relationships, and discover the joys of sexual intimacy.

    Compassionate and enduring, renowned author, psychotherapist, and certified sex therapist Wendy Maltz presents a comprehensive program for healing that sensitively takes readers step-by-step through the recovery process, integrating expert advice with groundbreaking exercises, proven techniques, and first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing. This compassionate resource can help you to:

  • Identify the sexual effects of sexual abuse
  • Eliminate negative sexual behavior and resolve specific problems
  • Gain control over upsetting automatic reactions to touch and sex
  • Develop a healthy sexual self-concept
  • Originally published two decades ago, The Sexual Healing Journey is a highly respected resource for understanding and healing the intimate sexual problems caused by sex abuse.The updated third edition features a new preface, revised materials, and an updated, expanded resource section.

    Sexual Intelligence

    Sexual Intelligence

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    Now in paperback--"Sex and the City" star Cattralls's provocatively illustrated exploration of the mysteries of sexual desire.
    Shameless

    Shameless

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Raw, intimate, and timely--a no-holds-barred celebration of our bodies that flies in the face of antiquated ideas about sex and gender.

    "A triumph."--Glennon Doyle - "One of the most important, life-changing books I've ever read."--Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired

    Negative messages about sex come from all corners of society: from the church, from the media, from our own families. As a result, countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment. In this instant bestseller, Nadia Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye and her vulnerable yet hopeful soul on the harmful conversations about sex that have fed our shame.

    Bolz-Weber offers no simple amendments or polite compromises. Instead, this modern-day reverend calls for an inclusivity that empowers us to be loyal to people and, perhaps most important, ourselves. "Christianity is not a program for avoiding mistakes," she writes. "It is a faith of the guilty." With an alternative understanding of Scripture passages that have been weaponized against Christians for decades, Bolz-Weber reminds us that sexual flourishing can and should be for all genders, all bodies, and all humans. She shares stories, poetry, and Scripture that wage war on perpetual anxiety around sex by celebrating sexuality in all its forms and recognizing it for the gift that it is.

    If you've been mistreated, confused, angered, and/or wounded by shaming sexual messages, this one is for you.