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Books about Polyamory

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Updated August 05, 2011

There is an abundance of excellent free resource material to be found online about polyamory, non-monogamy, and alternative relationships. There have also been several wonderful books written on polyamory. Check out these titles that will hopefully inspire you, provoke you, inform you, and help you think about whether polyamory, or some aspect of it, has a place in your life. All images courtesy of Pricegrabber.

The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities

The Ethical Slut
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By Dossie Easton Catherine A. Liszt.
This fun manual is for people who want to live an open sexual lifestyle, and anyone looking to deepen trust and open up communication in their relationships. Drawing on their own experiences, the authors provide a detailed how-to for “ethical sluts” – those who dream of sexual abundance and believe in living these dreams with friends and partners. Offers advice for pitfalls that may arise in the pursuit of multiple sexual relationships.
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Redefining Our Relationships

Written by Wendy-O Matik, this essential (and compact) guide to the politics behind sharing loving and sexual relationships with multiple partners offers mature and thought provoking look at creating and keeping responsible open relationships. This book is not just a how-to guide, but a practical and radical manifesto written from the authors' own experiences. An indispensable book for those interested in non-monogamy.
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The Lesbian Polyamory Reader

Edited by Marcia Munson and Judith P. Stelboum
Most books on polyamory are written for people of all sexual orientations, but this edited collection focuses on lesbian identified women who are interested in a variety of alternatives to traditional monogamy. This is a wonderful collection covering political, personal, and academic approaches and stories of alternative relationships, including enough “how to” articles to make this as much a handbook as a textbook.
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Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits

Written by Deborah M. Anapol, The New Love Without Limits covers a range of topics from managing polyamorous relationships ethically to “coming out” to family and friends as polyamorous to helping you through the thought process of deciding if polyamory is right for you. This title has a bit more theory than some of the other books, but it is still practical and even inspirational.
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Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful

This title, written by Anthony Ravenscroft was a reader recommendation (thanks Amy) who describes it as a book that belongs in every poly or poly-curious person's library and considers it the best book on polyamory available. I've heard from others (I haven't read it so need to reserve personal judgment) that it takes a pragmatic and step by step approach, that it is incredibly thorough, and that the author deals directly with not only negotiating polyamory within loving relationships, but dealing with problematic and even abusive partners who are using the language of polyamory to hide behind dysfunction behaviors and ways of being.
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Loving More Magazine

The only magazine dedicated to the topic of responsible multi-partner relationships. Featuring articles from people who are involved in the poly lifestyle and focusing on the central issues of multi-partner relating with topics such as jealousy, family, sex and community, dealing with social stigma, and more. Also included in every issue are up-to-date local resource listings, book reviews, video reviews, calendar of events, personal ads, and more.

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