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Best Sex and Erotica Books

Dive into the most tantalizing and acclaimed sex and erotica books, ranked and recommended by the leading voices of the literary world, as featured in multiple articles and blogs.

Recommendations from 82 articles, Barack Obama, Harry Styles, Joe Rogan and 35 others.
Best Sex and Erotica Books
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Come as You Are
The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life
Emily Nagoski - 2015-03-03
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Unlock the secrets of female sexuality with this groundbreaking book based on cutting-edge research and brain science. Discover why there will never be a "pink pill" for women and learn how every woman has her own unique sexuality. Dive into the context surrounding arousal, desire, and orgasm and discover how stress, mood, trust, and body image are all central factors to a woman's sexual wellbeing. With this essential guide, you can transform your sex life and discover confidence and joy in the bedroom like never before.
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Mating in Captivity
Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
Esther Perel - 2006-09-05
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Explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire with a bold and provocative new take on intimacy and sex. This therapist's bestselling book draws on over 20 years of experience to examine the complexities of sustaining desire in long-term relationships. With case studies and lively discussion, discover how to bring playful and even poetic sex back home. Wise, witty, and revelatory, Mating in Captivity will transform the way you live and love.
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She Comes First
The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman (Kerner)
Ian Kerner - 2004-05-25
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Become a master of oral sex with this essential guidebook by Ian Kerner. She Comes First offers a radical new philosophy for pleasuring women that's already earned raves from bestselling authors and popular magazines alike. Kerner's cool sense of humor and obsessive desire to inform encourages men to become adept at an act that many find mystifying. An indispensable aid to a healthier, more fulfilling sex life for both partners, this book offers techniques and philosophy that are sure to please.
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Delta of Venus
Anais Nin - 2006-01-01 (first published in 1977)
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Delta of Venus is a collection of seductive stories by the queen of erotic writing, Anais Nin. In this enchanting world, Nin's characters possess universal desires and exceptional talents. From a Hungarian adventurer who seduces wealthy women for their money to a veiled woman who selects strangers for private trysts, each story is provocative and intoxicating. Join Mathilde, a Parisian hatmaker who leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru, on a journey through the lush and magical world of Delta of Venus.
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The Ethical Slut, Third Edition
A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
Janet W. Hardy - 1997-12-01
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Explore love, sex, and intimacy beyond the limits of traditional monogamy with this classic guide, now in its third edition. Updated to reflect modern attitudes and the latest information on nontraditional relationships, The Ethical Slut offers practical advice on maintaining a successful polyamorous lifestyle through open communication, emotional honesty, and safer sex practices. With new content addressing a wide range of nontraditional relationships beyond the polyamorous paradigm, this timeless guide is a must-read for anyone looking to expand their understanding of love and connection.
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Bared to You
Sylvia Day - 2012-05-24
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An unforgettable tale of obsessive love and desire, this global phenomenon follows the enthralling relationship between flawed characters Gideon and the protagonist. As they navigate their demons and desires, their bond transforms them in unexpected ways. Don't miss this provocative novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author.
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Diana Gabaldon - 2005-07-26 (first published in 1991)
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Transported from 1945 to 1743 Scotland, a former combat nurse named Claire Randall navigates a dangerous new world torn by war and raids. Amid lairds and spies, she finds a love so intense it tears at her loyalty and heart, forcing her to choose between two lives and two men.
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Guide To Getting It On
Paul Joannides - 2007-06-13 (first published in 1996)
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This comprehensive guide to sex and intimacy was originally written for those looking to improve their love lives. With numerous awards and college courses added to its accolades, the author has returned the Guide To Getting It On to its roots. This newer edition is shorter and more affordable, targeted towards anyone seeking an approachable, entertaining resource on the subject.
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Girl Sex 101
Allison Moon - 2011-11-04
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Discover a new twist on the classic werewolf myth in this captivating tale of love, loyalty, and self-discovery. Follow Lexie Clarion as she navigates a world of radical feminist werewolf hunters and a mysterious woman who may be among them. As tensions rise and secrets are revealed, Lexie must make a choice that will change her life forever. Written by talented new author Allison Moon, this book indulges the feminine wild and will leave readers wanting more.
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Sex at Dawn
The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
Christopher Ryan - 2010-06-29
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This provocative and brilliant book challenges the accepted narrative that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá weave together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is. They explore the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future that is illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity. Sex at Dawn unapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.
Sex for One by Betty Dodson
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Becoming Cliterate by Laurie Mintz
Love Worth Making by Stephen Snyder
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown
Tongue Tied by Stella Harris
101 Nights of Great Sex by Laura Corn
Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
Bonk by Mary Roach
Queer Sex by Juno Roche
The New Male Sexuality, Revised Edition by Bernie Zilbergeld
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice
Night Shift by Joanna Angel
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
Polysecure by Jessica Fern
More Than Two by Franklin Veaux
Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
It's So Amazing! by Robie H. Harris
Better Sex Through Mindfulness by Lori A. Brotto
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
The Whole Lesbian Sex Book by Felice Newman
What's the Big Secret? by Laurie Krasny Brown
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Forever . . . by Judy Blume
It's Not the Stork! by Robie H. Harris
The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin
What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg
So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex by Ian Kerner PhD LMFT
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy Box Set by A. N. Roquelaure
Women by Chloe Caldwell
Neon Gods by Katee Robert
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Story of O by Pauline Reage
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women'S Health Book Collective
The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Opening Up by Tristan Taormino
The Sexual Healing Journey by Wendy Maltz
S.E.X., second edition by Heather Corinna
The New Bottoming Book by Janet W. Hardy
Ultimate Guide to Kink by Tristan Taormino
Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas
The Wild Woman's Way by Michaela Boehm
Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure by Charlie Glickman
Sex Without Stress; A couple's guide to overcoming disappointment, avoidance and pressure by Jessa Zimmerman
Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
Untrue by Wednesday Martin
The Red by Tiffany Reisz
Fifty Shades Darker by E L James
My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday
Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Him by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Ace by Angela Chen
The Vagina Bible by Jennifer Gunter
Addicted by Zane
The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan
Yes Means Yes! by Jaclyn Friedman
And Playing the Role of Herself by K. E. Lane
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
The Come as You Are Workbook by Emily Nagoski
The Night Off by Meghan O'Brien
The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability by Miriam Kaufman
Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning
Follow Me Darkly by Helen Hardt
The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Slow Sex by Nicole Daedone
Best Women's Erotica of the Year by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Tampa by Alissa Nutting
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The State of Affairs by Esther Perel
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros