Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex

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Bloomsbury USA, Jun 10, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 291 pages
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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.

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User Review  - lildrafire - LibraryThing

Nice little collection of essays and stories from a slew of people, each picking a "dirty word" as the focal point of their piece. Of course this book is XXX rated, and a good romp through different worlds and point of views, as well. Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Leong - Goodreads

An interesting book, showing the secrets of our life. Read full review

About the author (2008)

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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