Sex Lives: A Sexual Self Portrait of America

Sex Lives: A Sexual Self Portrait of America

by Mark Baker
     
 

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Mark Baker, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cops, bares all about the generation that came of age during the 1960s and '70s -- a time of sexual revolution. Based on interviews nationwide, Sex Lives is a provocative, genuine portrait of Americans exploring their sexuality. In their own words they reveal their most intimate desires and thoughts on

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Mark Baker, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cops, bares all about the generation that came of age during the 1960s and '70s -- a time of sexual revolution. Based on interviews nationwide, Sex Lives is a provocative, genuine portrait of Americans exploring their sexuality. In their own words they reveal their most intimate desires and thoughts on everything from losing their virginity to "coming out"; from what makes a good lover to the pros and cons of adultery, sex after marriage, and sexual practices both ordinary and bizarre. Their candid ancedotes show sex in all its variety, accompanied by the emotions -- love, jealousy, anger, joy -- that make it so powerful. The reality of these voices goes beyond the physical to the more subtle human context of sex, including communication between men and women (or the lack of it), the different ways each gender views sex, and the mystery behind our choice of partners and our sexual preferences. With a goal o fbetter understanding and deeper intimacy, Sex Lives offers a new and liberating look at this very personal experience.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Exploring others' private lives -- from initiation to gay love to adultery -- Baker seeks not to simplify sex but to lay bare its individuality.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Baker ( What Men Really Think ) interviewed more than 100 men and women, most aged 30-45 (``the first American generation to openly explore and experiment with their sexuality'') about their sex lives. Starting with initiation, the book is divided into broad, often overlapping, subjects: adultery, marriage, sexual performance, pressure and dysfunction. Given that the interviewees were all people willing to talk to a stranger about their sex lives, it nonetheless appears that many Americans are less sexually liberated than popular culture would indicate. Although Baker claims that the interviewees' language is ``like brushing against a lover's body--explicit, glistening with sensuous detail,'' the repetitive accounts from anonymous and largely indistinguishable voices describing early gropings and voyeuristic glimpses of sexual acts tend to pall. (Jan.)
Library Journal
According to the preface, Baker interviewed over 100 participants in compiling this collage of sexual testimonies. The first-person accounts are grouped into chapters on early experiences, dating, marriage, adultery, and more. As in his other books, including Nam ( LJ 3/15/81) and Cops ( LJ 8/85), brief chapter introductions are followed by interviews ranging from a paragraph to several pages in length. Though the author claims to have interviewed a cross section of American heterosexuals, the result is not a scientific survey but a book for the voyeur. Many of the stories are somewhat bizarre, but most simply reveal insecurity and uncertainty. Some interviews subvert society's stereotypes, while others reinforce them. Not a very good book, but one that will undoubtedly circulate well in public libraries.-- A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671702540
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Richard Rhodes
Fascinating, surprising, intimate and liberating....Sex Lives throw[s] open the bedroom door.

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