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Book List No. 6: Sex

Spring is in the air and with all the birds and the bees, it seems almost too appropriate that April’s theme is Sex. Chosen by our Toronto organizer and his team, we’re talking about Sex across our 72 chapters. As with each month, we wanted to compile a list of literary dabbles to get you in the mood, so to speak.

We reached out to our community to see if they had any recommendations—and the results were tantalizing.


The Top Ten:

  1. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, by Chuck Klosterman
    From the author of Fargo Rock City comes another cultural riff, this time on postmodern America in all of its glory: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges.

  2. Prude: Lessons I Learned When My Fiancé Filmed Porn, by Emily Southwood
    Speaking at our Montréal chapter this month, Emily Southwood shares the story of her relationship and how she was forced to reexamine her notions of sex and love through the lens of the adult industry. Find out more about the event here.

  3. Green Porno: A Book and Short Films, by Isabella Rossellini A totally perfect excuse to include Isabella Rossellini’s amazing video series of wonderfully odd and humorous short films, Green Porno is a series of short scientific stories on the various ways different animals make love. We highly recommend watching the videos (totally SFW).

  4. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex: But Were Afraid to Ask, by David R. Reuben M.D.
    Self expanatory.

  5. The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, by Tristan Taormino
    Sex educator, feminist pornographer, and award-winning author, Tristan Taormino delves into not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how feminists do porn—that is, direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world’s most lucrative and growing industries.

  6. Sex and Buildings, by Richard J. Williams
    Looking through Designers & Book’s 12 Books on Love, Design, and Designers, we stumbled upon Sex and Buildings, a look both at many modern skyscrapers, obelisks, towers with phallic forms, but also the more subtle structures that provide the frameworks for our sexual lives.

  7. Como agua para chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
    A recommendation from our Guadalajara chapter, Como agua para chocolate is a classic love story set that follows the life of a young girl, Tita, in her unsatiable passion for love and food.

  8. Just Kids, by Patti Smith
    In Patti Smith’s first book, she shares an intimate look into her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.

  9. Scarecrone, by Melissa Broder
    Described as “one part twisted funhouse and two parts Catholic school, heavy on libido and with a dash of magick,” the author of Meat Heart‘s latest book of poetry fits nicely into this month’s theme.

  10. Kama Sutra: Penguin Classics Deluxe, by Vatsyayana
    While Vatsyayana’s guide to love and pleasure might seem like a given for this list, we fell in love with Malika Favre’s illustration and typography for the re-covering of the Indian classic for Penguin’s Deluxe edition.

If this list leaves you lusting for more, check out our Pinterest Board, Theme 18: Sex, which includes even more sultry tales. Read on.

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