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

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

Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex (5/16/2013)
by Katherine Frank

Publisher's Description: A historical and cultural history of group sex. From depictions in Paleolithic cave art to the Playboy mansion, Katherine Frank delves into the fields of sociology, biology, anthropology, and psychology to provide explanations for both participation in group sex and the complex reactions to it — from fascination to fear. The book draws on survey research, ethnographic observation around the world, and interviews with participants to offer a cross-cultural look at the manifestations and meanings of group sex; who has it, and why. Although anthropologists have identified very few, if any, truly universal taboos, taboos such as public displays of sexual behavior and multiple, consecutive partners, are still widespread. Frank aims to bring forth some general explanations for these taboos that are present in local and specific explorations of human activity.

American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics (5/28/2013)
by Dan Savage

Publisher's Description: Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor. Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love,” but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and sex education.

The Routledge History of Sex and the Body, 1500 to the Present (5/6/2013)
by Sarah Toulalan (Editor)

Publisher's Description: The history of sex and the body is an expanding field in which vibrant debate on, for instance, the history of homosexuality, is developing. This book examines the current scholarship and looks towards future directions across the field. The volume is divided into fourteen thematic chapters, which are split into two chronological sections 1500 — 1750 and 1750 to present day. Focusing on the history of sexuality and the body in the West but also interactions with a broader globe, these thematic chapters survey the major areas of debate and discussion.

Reconsidering Sex Crimes and Offenders: Prosecution or Persecution? (5/16/2013)
by Laura J. Zilney

Publisher's Description: This book argues that while convicted violent sex offenders certainly should be punished, many laws targeting minor sexual offenses are outdated, overly severe, and too concerned with satisfying public outrage driven by distortions, misconceptions, and sensationalistic media coverage. Zilney challenges readers' understanding of who a sex offender is, how they should be treated, and how best to protect the community from such offenders. The book looks at how the legal definitions of certain offenses have changed over time and then explores a series of real-life case studies. Readers will discover how some citizens have been targeted and punished for consensual acts—including homosexuality, polygamy, and pornography. Additional coverage considers a number of highly controversial laws—from residency restrictions to the death penalty—and the media's role in fueling public support for them.

Modern Dating: A Field Guide (5/2013)
by Chiara Atik

Rather than listing a set of "rules," Modern Dating offers advice on modern challenges, like how to send a relatively unembarrassing sext, how to create a failproof first date idea, and how to make sure you're getting into a relationship for the right reasons. Instead of telling you "How to Win a Husband in Just 3 Easy Steps!," this book will gently guide you through all the triumphs and pitfalls of what dating is actually like, from one-night stands, to confusing texts and emails, to your first online date.

The Oral Sex Position Guide: 69 Wild Positions for Amazing Oral Pleasure Every Which Way (5/1/2013)
by Emily Dubberley

Publisher's Description: Great oral sex is as much about the motion of your hips as the action of your tongue and lips. The Oral Sex Position Guide brings you 69 positions that make fellatio and cunnilingus fun, fantastic, and unforgettable. From mild to wild, each position offers specific benefits such as easy deep throat action, pleasurable prostate play, anal-play access, or maximum clitoral stimulation.

Stare Me Down (5/2013)
By Riley Murphy

Publisher's Description: A Dom stuck in anger management classes meets his match in his court appointed therapist. Their attraction is off the charts. Unfortunately the timing is bad for both. Or at least it is until he discovers his vanilla doll isn't vanilla at all. Then it's a matter of timing be damned. He can't keep his hands off her. A definite problem as she has a past to deal with and he has a goal to seize. When the present rears its ugly head they are both blindsided. Now they’re forced to stare each other down if they hope to have any chance of a future together.

Not Tonight Dear, I Feel Fat: How to Stop Worrying About Your Body and Have Great Sex (5/7/2013)
by Michael Alvear

Publisher's Description: Fifty percent of women have put off sex—even when they're in the mood—because they felt too fat. Women of all shapes and sizes share an alarming anxiety: a body image that's causing conflict in their relationships. This book will help women reconnect with their sensual selves and put them back on the path to greater intimacy.

Sex Mudras: Energy Movement Exercises for Sexual Vitality (5/6/2013)
by Serge Villecroix

Publisher's Description: Mudras have been used for thousands of years in Hinduism and Buddhism to channel the movement of energy in the body for physical enhancement and spiritual enrichment. These sacred gestures of the hands and body create a tangible link between body and mind, conscious and unconscious, and can be used to strengthen and invigorate specific organs or bodily systems. Exploring the mudras of sexual vitality, Serge Villecroix illustrates energy movement exercises for men and women to tone the genitals, increase libido, improve endurance, and enhance pleasure. He reveals mudras for men to reach orgasm without ejaculation and details shared exercises for couples to harmonize male and female energies. He explains how these exercises can treat sexual dysfunction, such as impotence, as well as overcome sexual problems caused by tobacco, psychotropic drugs, alcohol, and other substances.

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Dian Hanson's History of Pin-up Magazines Vol. 1-3 (5/1/2013)
Edited by Dian Hanson

Publisher's Description: Everything you could ever want to know about the world history of men's magazines. Dian Hanson traces the fascinating development of the genre from 1900 to 1969 in three volumes. Volume 1 covers men’s magazines masquerading as movie magazines, humor magazines, art magazines, nudist magazines, and “spicy” fiction. Volume 2 documents the proliferation of pin-up magazines following WWII, most notably a little item called Playboy that spawned dozens of imitators. This volume also charts the emergence of English men’s magazines, fetish magazines, and the top five covergirls of the 1950s. Volume 3 begins with an explosion of new American pin-up magazines following the loosening of U.S. obscenity laws, and continues with French titles in decline, England going pervy; nudists going hippy, and Germany going pervy, hippy and political.

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