Skip the careless intro (in which editor Bright has Lady Chatterly's sic Lover first appearing in Switzerland in 1946--off by 18 years and some 200 miles!) and go for the stories themselves, a varied, substantial, sometimes disturbing, and almost always arousing selection. Some are excerpts from well-known works such as Nicholson Baker's Vox ( LJ 11/15/91). Others have appeared in periodicals far outside the mainstream and cater to most of the major persuasions. Two short, sweet standouts: ``Why'' by Bob Flanagan and ``Five Dimes'' by Anita ``Melissa'' Mashman. Highly recommended for public libraries that can take the heat.-- Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.
Susie Bright is the editor of The Best American Erotica series and host of the weekly audio show In Bed with Susie Bright on Audible.com. She has been a columnist for Playboy and Salon, and has been profiled in USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and Vanity Fair, among other publications. An international lecturer on sexuality and feminism, she won the 2004 Writer of the Year Award at the Erotic Awards in London. Ms. Bright lives in Santa Cruz, California.