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True Tales of Lust and Love

True Tales of Lust and Love

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Anna David's True Tales of Lust and Love began as a one-time-only reading and storytelling show in January of 2012, a venue for writers and comedians to share and laugh at their dating disaster stories. But after selling out the venue and attracting immediate press and buzz--with articles in The LA Weekly, LA Times, Time Out, Flavorpill, and LAist, among others--David agreed to produce the show every month. It has continued not only to sell out but also to attract a growing list of authors, comedians, and Hollywood writers. As Time Out declared, "This is the place to go to see strong female performers."

With the show now booked indefinitely, and with audio recordings of each performance available on iTunes, Anna has collected the most popular and entertaining pieces into the first ever True Tales of Lust and Love anthology. The book includes essays organized into three sections--Casual Sex, Dating, and Out of the Ordinary--which collectively offer up funny, raucous, insightful, and surprisingly touching confessions about the quest for lust and love. Everyone has dating disaster stories, everyone needs to share and laugh at them, and this anthology will give readers the opportunity to do just that, with contributions from the funniest writers and comedians around, pulled from the world of books, TV, and film. True Tales of Lust and Love is the perfect complement for a funny or cynical Valentine's Day--and beyond.

Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life

Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life

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Do you dream of having a more fulfilling sex life? Do you wish you had more energy to help get you through the day? Does the idea of having full body orgasms appeal to you? Introducing The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life, a handbook for finding greater fulfillment- in and out of the bedroom.

The simple yet powerful techniques outlined in this book will help you tap into a potent energy- fueling your creativity, revitalizing you, enriching your day, and helping you get in the flow in dynamic ways. Did you know that both men and women can be multi-orgasmic and are capable of having full-body orgasms? The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life will guide you to living your greatest pleasure potential. Through completing the exercises in this book, you'll discover that the rewards ripple out to enhance every area of your life. A multi-orgasmic life!

While sex is a natural and innate part of being human, few of us were raised with the freedom to express this important and natural part of ourselves. Deep down many of us experience a vast discrepancy between what we're taught we should feel about sex and how we actually feel. Despite an intense sexual imagery reflected in our media and entertainment, mixed societal messages have created a divergence from our sexual nature and our freedom to express it. Human beings are born ripe for pleasure.

The body is a vehicle through which one can experience ecstatic states far greater than many may know or imagine. Tapping into this inherent part of ourselves has many benefits. By embracing your own potent sexual energy, you will not only experience sexual satisfaction, but other amazing benefits. Your creative juices will flow, and you'll feel like a more vibrant version of yourself. It will radiate outward into all areas of your life because sexual energy is creative, joyful, and fulfilling. Embracing your innate sexual energy is an important component of living your highest life potential.

Many of the practices outlined in the book are thousands of years old--tried and true methods experienced by many people over centuries, including teachings from the Tantric texts. The wisdom contained by these incredible texts offer ways of looking at and approaching our world to lead the most fulfilling and abundant lifestyle imaginable.

Us: Americans Talk about Love

Us: Americans Talk about Love

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US, a collection of fascinating love stories from across America, as told to the oral historian John Bowe

From the wards of New Orleans to the cornfields of Iowa to the slopes of Colorado, from the raves of Los Angeles to the hollows of Appalachia and the canyons of Wall Street, Americans talk about love. Tortured teenagers, free-spirited octogenarians, anxious Navy wives, blue-blooded bohemians, horny-but-chaste pastors, and multiply-partnered cosmopolitans tell extraordinary tales of broken hearts; sexual infidelities; improbable reconciliations; hidden, forbidden, preposterous love; and endurance against all odds.

These are America's real love stories--wise and foolish, comic and tragic, full of surprises and straight from the heart.

Vagina Obscura

Vagina Obscura

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A camera obscura reflects the world back but dimmer and inverted. Similarly, science has long viewed woman through a warped lens, one focused narrowly on her capacity for reproduction. As a result, there exists a vast knowledge gap when it comes to what we know about half of the bodies on the planet.

That is finally changing. Today, a new generation of researchers is turning its gaze to the organs traditionally bound up in baby-making--the uterus, ovaries, and vagina--and illuminating them as part of a dynamic, resilient, and ever-changing whole. Welcome to Vagina Obscura, an odyssey into a woman's body from a fresh perspective, ushering in a whole new cast of characters.

In Boston, a pair of biologists are growing artificial ovaries to counter the cascading health effects of menopause. In Melbourne, a urologist remaps the clitoris to fill in crucial gaps in female sexual anatomy. Given unparalleled access to labs and the latest research, journalist Rachel E. Gross takes readers on a scientific journey to the center of a wonderous world where the uterus regrows itself, ovaries pump out fresh eggs, and the clitoris pulses beneath the surface like a shimmering pyramid of nerves.

This paradigm shift is made possible by the growing understanding that sex and gender are not binary; we all share the same universal body plan and origin in the womb. That's why insights into the vaginal microbiome, ovarian stem cells, and the biology of menstruation don't mean only a better understanding of female bodies, but a better understanding of male, non-binary, transgender, and intersex bodies--in other words, all bodies.

By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, and shocking, Vagina Obscura is a powerful testament to how the landscape of human knowledge can be rewritten to better serve everyone.

Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage

Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage

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A camera obscura reflects the world back but dimmer and inverted. Similarly, science has long viewed woman through a warped lens, one focused narrowly on her capacity for reproduction. As a result, there exists a vast knowledge gap when it comes to what we know about half of the bodies on the planet.

That is finally changing. Today, a new generation of researchers is turning its gaze to the organs traditionally bound up in baby-making--the uterus, ovaries, and vagina--and illuminating them as part of a dynamic, resilient, and ever-changing whole. Welcome to Vagina Obscura, an odyssey into a woman's body from a fresh perspective, ushering in a whole new cast of characters.

In Boston, a pair of biologists are growing artificial ovaries to counter the cascading health effects of menopause. In Melbourne, a urologist remaps the clitoris to fill in crucial gaps in female sexual anatomy. Given unparalleled access to labs and the latest research, journalist Rachel E. Gross takes readers on a scientific journey to the center of a wonderous world where the uterus regrows itself, ovaries pump out fresh eggs, and the clitoris pulses beneath the surface like a shimmering pyramid of nerves.

This paradigm shift is made possible by the growing understanding that sex and gender are not binary; we all share the same universal body plan and origin in the womb. That's why insights into the vaginal microbiome, ovarian stem cells, and the biology of menstruation don't mean only a better understanding of female bodies, but a better understanding of male, non-binary, transgender, and intersex bodies--in other words, all bodies.

By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, and shocking, Vagina Obscura is a powerful testament to how the landscape of human knowledge can be rewritten to better serve everyone.

Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

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The gay male world today is characterized by seductive beauty, artful creativity, flamboyant sexuality, and, encouragingly, unprecedented acceptability in society. Yet despite the progress of the recent past, gay men still find themselves asking, "Are we really better off?" The inevitable byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, a shame gay men may strive to obscure with a fa?ade of beauty, creativity, or material success. Drawing on contemporary psychological research, the author's own journey to be free of anger and of shame, as well as the stories of many of his friends and clients, The Velvet Rage outlines the three distinct stages to emotional well-being for gay men. Offering profoundly beneficial strategies to stop the insidious cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior, The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that will influence the public discourse on gay culture, and positively change the lives of gay men who read it.

Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the 21st Century

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Wanting Sex Again

Wanting Sex Again

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"I never want to have sex again."

If you feel like sex just isn't worth the effort, you're not alone. Forty million American women are frustrated by their lack of sexual passion. They know something's missing--and their husbands know it, too--but the emotional, physical, and mental obstacles to healthy desire can be a knot that seems too tangled to unravel.

Drawing on twenty years of clinical experience, Laurie Watson shows that it really is possible to restore the thrill of sex, using proven psychological methods and personal accounts from actual therapy sessions. Her strategies will:

-Offer a glimpse into the reality of other people's bedrooms
-Address the sexual problems that can develop with life changes--from marriage to motherhood to menopause
-Uncover the hidden factors that impact desire--stress, cultural messages, emotional connection, chemical and hormonal challenges, physical appearance issues, and more
-Show how joyful, meaningful, satisfying sex can be yours again

Candid, practical, and much needed, this book can help you rediscover your sexual self or discover it for the first time. Instead of dreading bedtime, you can look forward to it again.

We Love Each Other, But . . .

We Love Each Other, But . . .

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We Love Each Other, But...offers simple, practical tips that will help you restore and strengthen a relationship that has gone off track. It lays out the nuts and bolts of building relationships so they continue to be gratifying over the long haul. Dr. Ellen Wachtel shows how, even when you feel like giving up on a relationship or marriage, you can recapture why you fell in love in the first place. Dr. Wachtel promises that there is more and suggests simple ways to keep vitality in relationships. In fact, she shows you and your partner how you can stay interested in each other for the rest of your lives.

What Drives You? How Our Family Dynamics Shape the People We Become

What Drives You? How Our Family Dynamics Shape the People We Become

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Picture yourself as a child on a road trip with your family. In your family car, were you the funny one, the smart one, the troublemaker, the peacemaker? In What Drives You?, author Ellen Yashinsky Chute explores how our families shape our roles and our relationships. Learn how your brain developed, how your family dynamics determined your worldview, and how the identity you formed in your family drives you as an adult. This workbook will illuminate how families work while leading you on an eye-opening journey designed to help you understand, accept, and appreciate the unique person you have become. Chute shows that while our childhood identities still drive us as adults, we can learn to turn the wheel in a new direction.

What French Women Know About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

What French Women Know About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

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The Los Angeles Times bestseller! A Gallic prescription for living a life that is richer, more sensual, messier, and a lot more fun (Boston Globe)

It's not the shoes, the scarves, or the lipstick that gives French women their allure. It's this: French women don't give a damn. They don't expect men to understand them. They don't care about being liked or being like everyone else. They accept the passage of time, celebrate the immediacy of pleasure, embrace ambiguity and imperfection, and prefer having a life to making a living.

In What French Women Know, Debra Ollivier goes beyond stale ooh- la-la stereotypes, challenging ingrained notions about sex, love, marriage, motherhood, and everything in between. With savvy, provocative thinking from French mistresses and maidens alike, Ollivier presents a refreshing counterpoint to the tired love dogma of our times, and offers realistic, liberating alternatives from the land that knows how to love.

What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

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A primer on the ineffable, je ne sais quoi appeal of the French woman.
I t's not the shoes, the scarves, or the lipstick that gives French women their allure. It's this: French women don?t give a damn. They don?t expect men to understand them. They don?t care about being liked or being like everyone else. They generally reject notions of packaged beauty. They accept the passage of time, celebrate the immediacy of pleasure, like to break rules, embrace ambiguity and imperfection, and prefer having a life to making a living. They are, in other words, completely unlike us.
Ollivier goes beyond familiar ooh-la-la stereotypes about French women, challenging cherished notions about sex, love, dating, marriage, motherhood, raising children, body politics, seduction, and flirtation. Less a how-to and more a how-not-to, "What French Women Know" offers a refreshing counterpoint to the stale love dogma of our times. Peppered with anecdotes from its Franco-American author and filled with provocative ideas from French sexperts, mistresses and maidens alike, it debunks longstanding myths, presenting savvy new thinking from an old sexy culture and more realistic, life-affirming alternatives from the land that knows how to love.
What Was I Thinking

What Was I Thinking

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The stories you are about to read are true. Often hilarious and always relatable, they all describe the moment when good sense and simple self-respect triumph over the human need to be loved--or, at least, the need to be with a particular man. The relationship may not last beyond lunch, or it may linger for weeks, months, or even years. But inside, you know: it's over.

"What Was I Thinking?58 Bad Boyfriend Stories "includes contributions from:

  • Francesca Lia Block
  • Bonnie Bruckheimer
  • Cindy Chupack
  • Kate Coe
  • Melinda Culea
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Wendy Hammers
  • Nicole Hollander
  • Maira Kalman
  • Lisa Napoli
  • Lynn Snowden Picket
  • Mimi Pond
  • Rachel Resnick
  • Penny Stallings
  • Laurie Winer
  • Amy Wruble

    Whether the story is funny, sad, poignant, sweet, or just plain psychotic--we bet you can't read just one.

  • When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault

    When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault

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    "An exceptional book" (Helen Fisher) by a leading evolutionary psychologist and sex researcher that lays out a new theory of sexual conflict, exposing the roots of the dangerous dynamics that underpin men's predatory behavior -- and what can be done to address it.

    Sexual conflict permeates ancient religions, from injunctions about thy neighbor's wife to the permissible rape of infidels. It is etched in written laws that dictate who can and cannot have sex with whom. Its manifestations shape our sexual morality, evoking approving accolades or contemptuous condemnation. It produces sexual double standards that flourish even in the most sexually egalitarian cultures on earth. And although every person alive struggles with sexual conflict, most of us see only the tip of the iceberg: dating deception, a politician's unsavory sexual grab, the slow crumbling of a once-happy marriage, a romantic breakup that turns nasty.

    When Men Behave Badly shows that this "battle of the sexes" is deeper and far more pervasive than anyone has recognized, revealing the hidden roots of sexual conflict--roots that originated over deep evolutionary time--which define the sexual psychology we currently carry around in our 3.5-pound brains. Providing novel insights into our minds and behaviors, When Men Behave Badly presents a unifying new theory of sexual conflict, and offers practical advice for men and women seeking to avoid it.

    Why Do Fools Fall in Love: Realist's Guide to Romance

    Why Do Fools Fall in Love: Realist's Guide to Romance

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    Falling in love is a complicated, messy, mad endeavor--and staying in love is even worse. But while bitter experience and brutal statistics may tell us that it will probably all end in tears, we still continue to believe in and pursue romance, even if it means losing sleep, friends, or our sanity in the process. In this nimble and original exploration of love's hidden motivations and manifestations, Anouchka Grose tries to get to the heart of its hold over us. This straight-talking, sympathetic book sifts through the combined wisdom of philosophers and poets, scientists and shrinks to offer some serious solutions to the conundrum of love. Guiding us from the first flirtatious text message to dodging insults in divorce court, through swooning, stalking, and swearing undying devotion, this cheerful book about the horrors of love is essential reading for anyone who has ever loved and lost. And then loved all over again.
    Why Does He Do That?

    Why Does He Do That?

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    In this groundbreaking bestseller, Lundy Bancroft--a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men--uses his knowledge about how abusers think to help women recognize when they are being controlled or devalued, and to find ways to get free of an abusive relationship.

    He says he loves you. So...why does he do that?



    You've asked yourself this question again and again. Now you have the chance to see inside the minds of angry and controlling men--and change your life. In Why Does He Do That? you will learn about:

    - The early warning signs of abuse
    - The nature of abusive thinking
    - Myths about abusers
    - Ten abusive personality types
    - The role of drugs and alcohol
    - What you can fix, and what you can't
    - And how to get out of an abusive relationship safely

    "This is without a doubt the most informative and useful book yet written on the subject of abusive men. Women who are armed with the insights found in these pages will be on the road to recovering control of their lives."--Jay G. Silverman, Ph.D., Director, Violence Prevention Programs, Harvard School of Public Health

    Why Mars and Venus Collide: Improving Relationships by Understanding How Men and

    Why Mars and Venus Collide: Improving Relationships by Understanding How Men and

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    The phenomenal #1 bestselling author who revolutionized our understanding of male-female relations returns to the territory he intimately knows to help couples get past stress and find the loving relationship they want

    Once upon a time, Venusians and Martians functioned in separate worlds. But today they each struggle in the same hectic, career-oriented environment. Exhausted by the time they get home, he's eager to tune out and relax, while she wants to share the events of her day. The result: anger and resentment as Venus and Mars collide. In this positive, practical guide, John Gray explains the different ways men and women are affected by stress, demonstrates how each approach their problems, and offers a clear, easy-to-understand program to bridge the gap and help them achieve a loving, nurturing relationship.

    Why Men Love Bitches

    Why Men Love Bitches

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    Discover why men are attracted to strong, independent women with this straight-forward, accessible dating guide from New York Times bestselling author Sherry Argov.

    Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov's Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a "yes woman" who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask:

    -Why are men so romantic in the beginning and why do they change?
    -Why do men take nice girls for granted?
    -Why does a man respect a woman when she stands up for herself?

    Full of advice, hilarious real-life relationship scenarios, "she says/he thinks" tables, and the author's unique "Attraction Principles," Why Men Love Bitches gives you bottom-line answers. It helps you know who you are, stand your ground, and relate to men on a whole new level. Once you've discovered the feisty attitude men find so magnetic, you'll not only increase the romantic chemistry--you'​ll gain your man's love and respect with far less effort.