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

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

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Shot By Kern (6/2013)
by Richard Kern (Photographer), Dian Hanson (Editor)


Publisher's Description: Real girls in real settings around the world. The internet video site VBS, launched by the ironic and ultra-cool American magazine Vice, features original content on a wide range of subjects dear to the hipster heart. One of the first, and still the most popular, ongoing series was "Shot by Kern," a concept dreamed up by then editor-in-chief Jesse Pearson to roust photographer Richard Kern from his New York environs and have him shoot women Kern-style around the world. Shot By Kern presents some 300 of these photographs for the first time.


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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire (6/4/2013)
by Daniel Bergner


Publisher's Description: When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.


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Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica (6/1/2013)
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel


Publisher's Description: For Rachel Kramer Bussel, bisexuality is not about keeping your options open; instead it's about looking at the world and seeing a lot more sexy out there. This big book of bi explores it all—there are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more. Daring and adventurous, the women in these stories take risks by stepping outside their comfort zones, whether by surrendering to a bodyguard in "The State," by Tahir Iqbal, or confronting "The Wife" of a male lover, only to be confronted right back in Kay Jaybee's story.


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Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885-1917 (6/4/2013)
by Gretchen Soderlund


Publisher's Description: During the first half of the nineteenth century, the penny presses of the industrial East treated brothels as a mundane, if annoying, aspect of city life. But later in the century, reformers and mainstream papers began to push back against this representation through highly public campaigns against “white slavery.” These newspaper crusades mixed a potent cocktail of lurid sexual detail and sensationalist scandal aimed equally at promoting anti-vice measures, arousing popular demand for progressive reform, and increasing newspaper circulation.


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The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities (6/18/2013)
by Joan Z. Spade (Editor)


Publisher's Description: A comprehensive analysis of the key ideas, theories, and applications in the field viewed through the metaphor of a kaleidoscope. Focusing on contemporary contributions to the field while incorporating classical and theoretical arguments, this collection of creative articles by top scholars explains how the complex, evolving patterns of gender are constructed interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally.


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Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission (6/1/2013)
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel


Publisher's Description: Serving Him pays homage to those sexy, submissive women who follow the path of their own desires while following another's command. They bloom in the presence of irresistible men who can control with a glance, a pair of handcuffs or a firm smack on the bottom. Bestselling eroticist Rachel Kramer Bussel and her coterie of contributors cover the full give and take of sensual sadism, from spanking and bondage to public sex and pushing boundaries everywhere from the bedroom to the boardroom.


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Fetish (6/1/2013)
by David Bramwell


Publisher's Description: Come and enter the sexy, seductive, and secretive world of fetish. From agalmatophilia (the desire to have sex with a mannequin) to ophidicism (sexual arousal from snakes), this is the most comprehensive guide to outrageous erotic pleasures. Fetish includes stunning four-color photographs, step-by-step illustrations on acting out role-playing scenarios, and titillating advice on how to get the most out of sex toys, rubber wear, and whips. Whether you are a hard-core fetishist or simply curious, Fetish offers an insightful and colorful glimpse into the fascinating world of alternative sexual practices.


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It's Okay to Sleep With Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked (6/25/2013)
by Andrea Syrtash & Jeff Wilser


Publisher's Description: Every time you go on a date, you're faced with 347 "rules" on how to act, what to say, when to call him, when to kiss him, and how to play "the game." These rules do more than just insult your intelligence: they spread anxiety, breed insecurity, make us all more cynical and, worse, when you follow the rules you might overlook your match. Syrtash and Wilser help us take off the rules-colored glasses.


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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel (6/4/2013)
by Anton DiSclafani


Publisher's Description: Named a most anticipated book for Summer 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly. A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South


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Sex Drive: In Pursuit of Female Desire (6/1/2013)
by Bella Ellwood-Clayton

Publisher's Description: Lack of libido is women's most common sexual problem, and once in a secure relationship, a woman's sex drive often begins to plummet. Exploring what libido is and why it is being depleted, this book argues that women don't want sex because they don't feel sexy. At a time when women's libidos are being threatened by the wider forces of media, marketing, and medication and increasingly pressured lives, who can blame them? With increasing numbers of women with low libido being diagnosed as "sexually dysfunctional," the race to create a "pink Viagra" is on. This book engages such questions as: Do we have unrealistic expectations about our sex drive? Who defines what is normal and abnormal? And could "low libido" in fact be the natural order of things?

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