Next Friday is the 85th anniversary of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. To commemorate this pivotal event in Prohibition-era America, I recommend these three books on love, lust, and not murdering your sworn enemies…
True Tales of Lust and Love edited by Anna David (Soft Skull). This collection features the work of a bevy of fine female writers and grew out of the L.A.-based live storytelling series. As our review noted, “it’s a hysterical and touching read perfect for young women still figuring out their way in the dating world, though recommended for everyone.”
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Loves Me… Not: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Face of Unrequited Love by Samara O’Shea (February Books). Feeling down because you’re single on Valentine’s? Don’t be, you’re not alone (at least in the figurative sense, though I guess in an existential one we all are, aren’t we?). While that’s easier said than done, O’Shea offers real life stories, advice, and coping skills, whether you’re single by choice or by unfortunate circumstance.
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Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy and Long-Term Love by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson (Cleis). Now if you’re one of those lucky people in a healthy relationship and you’re looking to keep the fire going during those long, dark tea-times of the soul, this one might be worth your while. The authors, a married, tantra-practicing couple, address the physical and emotional aspects of sex, including information on advanced kinks, medical dysfunction, and simply connecting with your partner. As we said, “this book runs the gamut on sex education, and the authors’ sex-positivity, feminism, and rejection of gender stereotypes makes it a welcome addition to the genre.”