Monday, 30 April 2012

A SEXUAL ODYSSEY




ISBN-13: 978-0-87477-896-0
Writer: Kenneth E. Maxwell
Title: A Sexual Odyssey
Subtitle: From Forbidden Fruit to Cybersex
Language: English
Edition: First Trade Paperback Edition
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Putnam
Year of Publication: 1997
Format: 140x210mm (trimmed)
Pages: 319 printed on alkaline paper; Endnotes, 297; Index, 307
Illustrations: 16 black and white plates and pictures
Cover Design: Shelly Meadows
Cover Photos of apple and torso: Gerhard Merzeder
Binding: Paperback in colour wrappers
Original Price: USD15.95 / CAD21.50
Weight: 416gr.
Entry No.: 2012016
Entry Date: 30th April 2012


BOOK DESCRIPTION


A Sexual Odyssey has been called a “fascinating journey of sexual adventure and misadventure:” by professors and therapists. In its revealing pages, Kenneth Maxwell explores the sexual lore and literature of the past and sheds light on how modern-day sex, sex roles, and sex play are changing at a frenetic pace. Covering topics ranging from the libidinous practices of the ancient Romans, to what is considered appropriate behavior at a contemporary nudist beach, to the possibility that the twenty-first century will see the complete separation of making babies and making love, Maxwell’s book contextualizes sex in human history. Never before has a work so clearly detailed the impact of this primal and elementary aspect of the human animal on religion, government, politics, and entertainment throughout time.

For anyone curious about sex and human nature, A Sexual Odyssey imparts a learned history lesson while teaching the great lovemaking secrets of the past and exposing the creativity that will enable us to “soar to the Elysian heights of sexual pleasure” in the future.


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

SEX AND THE BRITISH




ISBN-13: 978-0-7181-3141-8
Writer: Paul Ferris
Title: Sex and the British
Subtitle: A Twentieth-Century History
Language: English
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
Year of Publication: 1993
Format: 155x240mm
Pages: xii+337; Notes, 302; Bibliogtaphy, 316; Index, 323
Jacket Photo: Combined images from four photo agencies
Binding: Red boards in colour dust jacket
Original Price: GBP 18.99 /CAD 35.00
Weight: 669gr.
Entry No.: 2012012
Entry Date: 24th April 2012


BOOK DESCRIPTION

This vivid and wide-ranging narrative of the British way of sex since 1900 is the history of us all, told through the lives of the humble and not-sp-humble. No one doubts the power of sex to disturb. Paul Ferris is duly mindful of it, but he doesn’t ignore its power to entertain as well.

His account presents a gallery of figures – prostitutes, feminists, sexual visionaries, pornographers, fetishists, fallen women, fallen clergymen, Home Secretaries, lawyers, detectives, Mrs (and Mr) Grundys, Christian idealists, writers, nudists, adulterers abortionists. Here, too, is at least a look-in for the uncategorized millions, who are most of us, reading romances, eyeing partners, licking their lips, nursing secrets, fearing shame, being preached at, hoping for the best.

Sexual history offers some rich diversions. Early in the century, the powerful puritans of Edwardian Britain; Christabel Pankhurst and the White Slave Traffic; British soldiers and the wicked French brothels. Between the wars, Marie Stopes and the other sexual optimists; the stubborn reactionaries of Whitewall; the summer crowds beside the seaside, educating themselves with Men Only and A Basinful of Fun.

In the second half othe century, there are important accounts of the emergence of the new morality, the ‘abortion wars’, the reappraising of marriage, the new pornography; not to mention the condom, the sex shop, the video recording and the fantasists who do things with custard. As the author says in hios introduction, people might find the sytem unbearable if they ‘couldn’t laugh sometimes as its merchandizers, its moralists, its policemen; and themselves’.


Friday, 20 April 2012

THY NEIGHBOR'S WIFE



ISBN-10: 0-385-00632-2
Writer: Gay Talese
Title: Thy Neighbor’s Wife
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
Place of Publication: Garden City, New York
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Year of Publication: 1980
Format: 158x239mm
Pages: 568
Jacket Photo:1 black and white picture by Thomas Victor
Jacket Design: Alex Gotfryd
Binding: Boards in duotone dust jacket
Original Price: N/A
Weight: 863gr.
Entry No.: 2012011
Entry Date: 20th April 2012

BOOK DESCRIPTION


This is a book about America and about sex. It is about the men and women who shaped our sexual revolution. It is about the men and women who have lived it and are living it right now.

In a narrative as absorbing as a novel, Gay Talese intimately describes many of the people and events that in recent decades have influenced the redefinition of morality in America. We meet the prophets of the new sexuality: Hugh Hefner, Alex Comfort, and others. We meet couples whose buttoned-down lives were transformed by sexual liberation. We are privy to their thoughts, their fantasies, their actions as that transformation is played out against a changing sexual landscape. A landscape that includes the halls of government and the Supreme Court, as well as that remarkable sexual spa, Sandstone; the Playboy mansion; and the living rooms and backyards of suburban ranch houses.

In THY NEIGHBOR’S WIFE, one of the supreme reporter-authors tells one of the big stories of our time-a story in which we are all characters. A story that is surprising and revealing. A story that is told with extraordinary skill and drama in a book that is as entertaining and controversial as it is important.