Book Sex Happens

Sex Happens
by Carol Soloway

Dr. Alexandra Rose has everything a woman could want. She’s the wife of a renowned cardiologist, the mother of three adorable sons, and a successful chiropractor. But on their twentieth anniversary, her husband shocks her with his affair. Her life spins out of control, and she faces the other side of marriage where dreams implode and people are not who they seem.

Alexandra wants custody of her children, but so does her husband, and he’ll stop at nothing. Thrust into a nightmare spawned by chilling deception, a custody battle erupts that’s so poisonous it threatens to become murderous.

In this stay-up-all-night portrait of a contemporary family, Alexandra’s bittersweet journey of love, loss, and sexuality leads her to a miraculous discovery of self and power. Sex Happens explores the very essence of all we value as women–marriage, motherhood, sex–and what we’ll do for each.


Sex Happens
by Arlen Keith Leight

When gay men start dating, the Sex Happens. All the other relationship stuff hits the fan later. If you’ve picked up this book, it’s later. And if that stuff is starting to get in the way of your relationship (and the sex), it’s time to get to work. (Don’t worry– this work won’t be easy, but it could be fun.)

Do you see yourself in one of these situations?

— Coupled, but dissatisfied with your sexual connection

— Coupled, with difficulty communicating

— Coupled, in conflict

— Coupled, but looking for new ways to create intimacy and connect physically

— Coupled, looking for an exclusive or open sexual relationship contract

— Coupled, but unsure about staying in your relationship

— Single, hoping for a way to sidestep some of the pitfalls of long-term relationships

Sex Happens is a book for any gay man at a turning point in his relationship life. Think of it as months of working with a clinical sex therapist, but without having to pay for the weekly sessions.


Sex and the Spiritual Teacher
by Scott Edelstein

Sex and the Spiritual Teacher looks at the complex of forces that tempt otherwise insightful, compassionate, and well-intentioned teachers to lose their way–and that tempt some of their students to lose their way as well. It analyzes why most of our current efforts to keep spiritual teachers from transgressing usually don’t (and in fact can’t) work. Perhaps most importantly, it suggests a set of practices and structures that can build community, encourage healthy student-teacher relationships, increase trust and spiritual intimacy between teachers and their students, and help authentic spiritual teachers stay happily monogamous or celibate. Sex and the Spiritual Teacher is for anyone who is or might become part of a spiritual community: students, teachers, clergy, lay leaders, and even casual visitors. It’s a reader-friendly, no-nonsense guide to making spiritual life safer and fuller for all of us one person, relationship, and community at a time.

What Really Happens in Bed
by Steven Carter

A passion, sometimes even an obsession, sex can inspire high drama, or perfect prose. It is the stuff dreams are made of–until it comes on a regular basis. The authors reveal what is happening, and not happening, every day in America’s bedrooms.

When Gay People Get Married
by M. V. Lee Badgett

Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Book Award from the American Psychological Association’s 44th Division (the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues)
The summer of 2008 was the summer of love and commitment for gays and lesbians in the United States. Thousands of same-sex couples stood in line for wedding licenses all over California in the first few days after same-sex marriage was legalized. On the other side of the country, Massachusetts, the very first state to give gay couples marriage rights, took the last step to full equality by allowing same-sex couples from other states to marry there as well. These happy times for same-sex couples were the hallmark of true equality for some, yet others questioned whether the very bedrock of society was crumbling. What would this new step portend?
In order to find out the impact of same-sex marriage, M. V. Lee Badgett traveled to a land where it has been legal for same-sex couples to marry since 2001: the Netherlands. Badgett interviews gay couples to find out how this step has affected their lives. We learn about the often surprising changes to their relationships, the reactions of their families, and work colleagues. Moreover, Badgett is interested in the ways that the institution itself has been altered for the larger society. How has the concept of marriage changed? When Gay People Get Married gives readers a primer on the current state of the same-sex marriage debate, and a new way of framing the issue that provides valuable new insights into the political, social, and personal stakes involved.
The experiences of other countries and these pioneering American states serve as a crystal ball as we grapple with this polarizing issue in the American context. The evidence shows both that marriage changes gay people more than gay people change marriage, and that it is the most liberal countries and states making the first move to recognize gay couples. In the end, Badgett compellingly shows that allowing gay couples to marry does not destroy the institution of marriage and that many gay couples do benefit, in expected as well as surprising ways, from the legal, social, and political rights that the institution offers.


Worst Laid Plans
by Alexandra Lydon, Laura Kindred

“When bad sex happens to good people, there is no recourse like full disclosure,” is the motto of Worst Laid Plans, a collection of forty probably-too-intimate, but shockingly funny, true-life tales of lust gone wrong.  The stories are divided into themed sections including Foreign Affairs (“When bad sex goes abroad”), Self-Help (“Love thyself…but do it carefully”), On the Rebound (“The art of getting back in-and-out-there”), Mob Mentality (People will do things in groups they would never do alone”), and The End of Innocence (“A memorial to virginity”) among others.  The book evolved out of a storytelling event originally staged at Upright Citizen Brigade, the highly influential comedy organization co-founded by Amy Poehler, who along with Janeane Garofalo and SNL’s Casey Wilson, performed at the show that continues today.  Part Vagina Monologues, part car crash, and wholly hilarious, the volume features contributions from shameless actors, comedians, and writers who will shamelessly spread the word via blogs, on-line videos, tweets, on-going WLP performances, film/TV/media contacts, and further sexual conquests.

“[A] hilarious testimonial to the vast array of consequences we face after
having ignored that little voice inside that says: ‘Don’t.’ ‘This isn’t a
good idea.’  ‘Leave now.’”
—Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live, The Groundlings)
 
“Irrefutable evidence that one should wait until marriage to have sex.”
—Joel McHale (The Soup, Community)
 
“This book will make you laugh, scream, and want to be a lesbian.”
—Whitney Cummings (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central)
 
“This is the best kind of comedy; that which makes you both laugh and
erect.”
—Rob Corddry (The Daily Show)


The Psychology of Sex
by Meg John Barker

What can psychology teach us about sex?

How do different bodies and brains respond sexually?

How can we prevent people being stigmatised for their sexuality?

The Psychology of Sex takes you on a tour through the different ways that psychologists have created and sustained certain understandings of sex and sexuality. Bearing in mind the subjective nature of sex, the book explores cultural concerns around sexualisation, pornography, and sex addiction, as well as drawing on research from sexual communities and the applied area of sex therapy.

When so much of our relationship to sex happens in the mind, The Psychology of Sex shows us how important it is to understand where our ideas about sex come from.


The Everything Sex Signs Book
by Constance Stellas

Lower your voice to seduce a Scorpio.
Kiss the Bull’s neck to make him see red.
Start a fling with a Cancer at the new moon.

Every sun sign has its match–in and out of bed. In this hot new edition of the classic bestseller, you’ll learn the sensual secrets of the zodiac, including how to:

  • Find their sexual soulmate using the author’s sign compatibility quiz
  • Act and dress to attract any sign
  • Ravish that special someone with sign-specific sexual techniques
  • Determine the best (and worst) sun-sign matches

With in-depth quizzes and descriptions of the sexual characteristics, favorite fantasies, and compatible matches of each sign, this entertaining guide is guaranteed to heat up any couple’s sex life–one heavenly body at a time!


Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by Mary Roach

A New York Times Bestseller

“Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It’s compulsively readable.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

In ?Bonk, ?the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.


Come as You Are
by Emily Nagoski

***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER***

An essential exploration of why and how women’s sexuality works—based on groundbreaking research and brain science—that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.

Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a “pink pill” for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer—but as a result of the research that’s gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women’s sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all.

The first lesson in this essential, transformative book by Dr. Emily Nagoski is that every woman has her own unique sexuality, like a fingerprint, and that women vary more than men in our anatomy, our sexual response mechanisms, and the way our bodies respond to the sexual world. So we never need to judge ourselves based on others’ experiences. Because women vary, and that’s normal.

Second lesson: sex happens in a context. And all the complications of everyday life influence the context surrounding a woman’s arousal, desire, and orgasm.

Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but how you feel about it. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman’s sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. Once you understand these factors, and how to influence them, you can create for yourself better sex and more profound pleasure than you ever thought possible.

And Emily Nagoski can prove it.



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