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Sex Book Gifts

Top Picks of Sex Books for Everyday Holiday Giving

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Love & Lust: A Sex Journal

Love and Lust Journal by Susie Bright
Chronicle Books

This journal is a perfect gift for the sexual explorer, or just sexually curious, on your gift list.  Most pages offer the reader and (budding journal-ist) a prompt from Bright's seemingly endless well of sexual inspiration.  Questions range from the fantasy chargers (like what celebrity would you like to have sex with this week, and why) to more earnestly introspective (quesitons about past sexual encounters, thoughts, feelings, desires, quesitons about current experiences, and questions about where you want to go next).  Love and Lust is marketed to women, but aside from a few prompts it could be used by all genders.  Part sexual chronicle, part erotic writing coach, and full of heart, this journal is suitable for all ages and is great way to encourage introspection, self-love, and a lot of giggling.

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3DD: A 3-D Celebration of Breasts

3DD: A 3-D Celebration of Breasts
Seven Footer Press

Model-turned-photography Henry Hargreaves approached both his friends and fellow models for this photographic celebration of unaltered breasts.  The result, black and white photos rendered in 3D (the book comes with a complimentary pair of aviation red/blue 3D glasses) are seriously in your face, and seriously fun.  84 pages, $30.

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Granta 110: Sex

Granta 110: Sex
Granta

Few publications are equipped to celebrate cerebral sex as well as Granta, the magazine of new writing (in fairness, Lapham's Quarterly Eros Issue set the bar quite high).  This collection of fiction, art, and non-fiction features Jeanette Winterson, Herta Muller, Dave Eggers, James Lord, and more than a dozen other contributors musing on the highs and lows of a sexual life.  256 pages, $19.

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Anal Pleasure and Health

Anal Pleasure and Health
Down There Press

The book that was, for years, the only book about anal sex, and became widely regarded as the Bible of Butt Sex, is finally back in print, and author Jack Morin has revised and updated the text for it's fourth edition.  Covering all aspects of anal pleasure and health, psychological, physiological, interpersonal, and social, Anal Pleasure and Health may be more than you'd read at one time, but it's an essential resource you'll go back to again and again over time.  256 pages,  $18.

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The Big Butt Book

The Big Butt Book
Taschen Books

Dian Hanson continues to work her butt off for us as Taschen's "sexy book editor", and The Big Butt Book will not disappoint  Beautifully and thoughtfully collected, with over 400 photographs from 1900 to the present day, Hanson puts as much love into editing sex books as her readers put into fetishizing body parts.  Definitely a decadent choice for the posterior lover on your gift list.  372 pages, $60.

Inamorata: The Erotic Art of Michael Manning

Inamorata: The Erotic Art of Michael Manning
Last Gasp

This softcover art collection contains a decade's worth of illustrator Michael Manning's perversely beautiful portraits.  Manning is known for his elegant line work (primarily in black and white, but this collection includes some of his work in color as well) and for creating sexual worlds where everything we know about bodies and desire collide.  An essential gift for the erotic illustration/comix lover on your list.  With introductions by Midori and Patrick Califia.  160 pages, $25.

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Exhibitionism for the Shy

Exhibitionism for the Shy
Down There Press

Somehow I missed the fact that this classic text of sex positivity and exploration was re-released in 2009, so it's taking it's rightly deserved place on the 2010 list.  Carol Queen presents exhibitionism as performance, as therapy, as revolution, as fun, in this wonderful  update to one of the first sex positive sex help books to hit the market.  An excellent choice for anyone interested in learning to open up and share more comfortably their sexual interests and desires, whether with one partner or a room full of strangers.  256 pages, $16

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The Mammoth Book of New Erotic Photography

The Mammoth Book of New Erotic Photography
Running Press

Editor Maxim Jakubowski keeps the "Mammoth" tradition of plenty of bang for your buck going with his newest collection of erotic photography.  Featuring the work of more than 75 photographers from the U.S. and Europe, the images range in quality, style, and intent, but with 488 pages for $18, it's a good bet that the erotic photography lover on your  gift list will find something they like in this new collection.

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The Snuggie Sutra

The Snuggie Sutra
St. Martin's Griffin

A celebration of sex and the Snuggie, a blanket with sleeves that pop culture icon of silly commercials that's equal parts genius and ridiculous.  This collection, based on a blog of the same name offers illustrated sex positions, tips on how to introduce the Snuggie in the bedroom, safer sex in a Snuggie (apparently candles are a bad idea) and more.  Adorable and suggestive.  144 pages, $10.

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Best Sex Writing 2010

Best Sex Writing 2010
Cleis Press

Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel collects her favorite non-fiction from 2010, all told 26 pieces ranging in topics from pubic hair to sex work, from sex education to the science of penis size.  As in previous years, it's a mixed bag, but whatever your taste, you're likely to find at least a few gems, and this series is a perfect gift for the political sex nerd on your list. 224 pages, $16.

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