Between the sheets: top 10 most provocative books out this month

The best books on sex, sexuality, and gender (re)released this August.

Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era (9/17/2013)
by Beatriz Preciado

Publisher's Description: Since birth control pills, erectile dysfunction remedies, and factory-made testosterone and estrogen were developed, biology is definitely no longer destiny. In this penetrating analysis of gender, Beatriz Preciado shows the ways in which the synthesis of hormones since the 1950s has fundamentally changed how gender and sexual identity are formulated, and how the pharmaceutical and pornography industries are in the business of creating desire. This continuation of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality also includes Preciado's account of her own use of testosterone every day for one year, and its mesmerizing impact on her body as well as her imagination.

Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After
Edited Kristina Wright

Publisher's Description: Bedded Bliss takes a peek behind the closed doors of married and committed couples to find out what makes long-term lust last. Wright curates a collection of sexy and powerful erotic fiction and memoir from some of the top authors in the genre, all of whom are in committed relationships ranging from five to over thirty years. Wright contributes her own thoughtful insights and advice gleaned from her twenty-two year marriage and successful career tapping into the erotic fantasies of readers.

Fifty Shades of Dumb: True Stories of Strange and Screwy Sex (9/3/2013)
by Leland Gregory

Publisher's Description: From the “chronicler of Stupid America,” a look at some of the strangest things people have done in and out of the sack. Sex. It’s something that’s on everyone’s mind. But the minds that thought of the weird, strange, and stupid sex acts that are reported in Fifty Shades of Dumb: True Stories of Strange and Screwy Sex are a breed of their own—and unfortunately some of them try to breed on their own.

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (9/17/2013)
by Debora L. Spar

Publisher's Description: Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and a mother of three, she swore to young women that they could have it all. “We thought we could just glide into the new era of equality, with babies, board seats, and husbands in tow,” she writes. “We were wrong.” Now she is the president of Barnard College, arguably the most important all-women’s college in the United States. In this book she asks why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, do women still feel stuck.

The Lesbian Couple's Guide to Wedding Planning (9/12/2013)
by Bernadette Coveney Smith

Publisher's Description: Smith provides lesbian couples with essential tips on everything from setting priorities and organizing their budget to involving parents and family (or not!) in the planning process. In this comprehensive 12-month wedding countdown format, Smith offers practical advice for a wide range of weddings for all budgets and styles—from casual to formal.

Having the Best Sex Ever (9/7/2013)
by Nitya Lacroix

Publisher's Description: This book features specific guidance on key topics such as exercises for sexual fitness, understanding the way the sexual body functions, sex positions and techniques, keeping alive the long-term relationship, and sex in maturity. Providing an informative and inspirational guide to improving and enhancing your sex life, this is an invaluable resource for both the individual and couple.

Oral Sex You'll Never Forget: Toe-Curling Techniques and Positions for Him and Her (9/1/2013)
by Sonia Borg

Publisher's Description: Great oral sex is an experience that can engage all the senses and thrill the body from head to toe, if performed in the right way. Oral Sex You'll Never Forget goes beyond Oral 101 and offers you step-by-step fellatio and cunnilingus techniques that will bring your lover to their knees… and a few other mind blowing positions.

Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (9/30/2013)
by Holly Furneaux

Publisher's Description: This book demonstrates that, rather than representing a largely conventional, conservative view of sexuality and gender, Dickens presents a distinctly queer corpus, everywhere fascinated by the diversity of gender roles, the expandability of notions of the family, and the complex multiplicity of sexual desire. The book examines the long overlooked figures of bachelor fathers, maritally resistant men, and male nurses. It explores Dickens's attention to a longing, not to reproduce, but to nurture, his interest in healing touch, and his articulation, over the course of his career, of homoerotic desire.

Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal (9/11/2013)
by Michael D'Antonio

Publisher's Description: Part history, part journalism, and part true-crime thriller, Michael D'Antonio's Mortal Sins brings to mind landmark books such as All the President’s Men, And the Band Played On, and The Informant, as it reveals a long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world.

Beyond Race, Sex, and Sexual Orientation: Legal Equality without Identity (9/30/2013)
by Sonu Bedi

Publisher's Description: The conventional interpretation of equality under the law singles out certain groups or classes for constitutional protection: women, racial minorities, and gays and lesbians. The United States Supreme Court calls these groups “suspect classes.” Laws that discriminate against them are generally unconstitutional. While this is a familiar account of equal protection jurisprudence, this book argues that this approach suffers from hitherto unnoticed normative and political problems.

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