Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex

Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex

by Ellen Sussman
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Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex by Ellen Sussman

A playful take on bedroom talk—a smart, funny encyclopedia with entries written by notable contemporary writers.

This witty reference steps in where time-honored discussions of the birds and the bees typically fall short. All of the 100-some entries are formally defined and further explained through reflective and ribald definitions, essays, and stories by some of today's most exciting writers. Everything from celibacy to promiscuity, hand jobs to sex toys is tackled by everyone's favorite writers including Steve Almond, Patricia Marx, Phillip Lopate, and Antonya Nelson. From sexual relationships (monogamy, one-night stand, ménage à trois) to sexual positions (doggie style, 69), from age-old practices (prostitution) to contemporary twists (cybersex), this alphabetical encyclopedia includes everything you need to know about the language of love and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596914742
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/10/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Ellen Sussman is the bestselling author of On a Night Like This and editor of the anthology Bad Girls. She lives in Los Altos Hills, California.

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Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not only a nice, fun and light read, but the quality is superb! I would have to say the highlight is the chapter entitled 'Golden Showers,' by Adam Wilson... this author has a true way with words, imagery, and humor!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll confess to blushing more than once while reading this engaging encyclopedia of all the things my mother didn't want me to know - and no doubt many she doesn't know herself. I surely learned a few new terms here! The sexy was the least surprising, though. These short pieces by an amazing gathering of writers are alternately funny, sweet, and enlightening - and often even poetic! But definitely sexy, too!
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