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Written by MARQUIS DE SADE
Translator WILL MCMORRAN, THOMAS WYNN
Introduction by WILL MCMORRAN, THOMAS WYNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/27/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39434-3

A new translation of Sade’s most notorious, shocking, and influential novel
 
This distressing but hugely important text has influenced countless individuals throughout history: Flaubert and Baudelaire both read Sade; the surrealists were obsessed with him; film-makers like Pasolini saw parallels with twentieth-century history in his writings; and feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Angela Carter clashed over him. This new translation brings Sade's provocative novel into Penguin Classics for...

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WHAT ANIMAL COURTSHIP AND MATING TELL US ABOUT HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Format: Trade Paperback, 250 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14946-8

A specialist in animal behavior compares the courtship rituals and mating behaviors of animals to their human equivalents, revealing the many and often surprising ways we are both similar to and different from other species.

What makes an individual attractive to the opposite sex? Does size matter? Why do we tend to "keep score" in our relationships? From perfume and cosmetics to online dating and therapy, our ultimate goal is to successfully connect with someone. So why is romance such an...

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INTIMATE LIFE IN A CHANGING ARAB WORLD
Written by SHEREEN EL FEKI

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/21/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-39029-5

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

As the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath sweep streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Middle East, Shereen El Feki—an award-winning Canadian-Egyptian journalist—has been looking at unrest a little closer to home: in the sexual lives of Arab men and women. The result is an informative, insightful, and engaging account of this sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society.

Sexual attitudes and behaviors are shaped by...

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THE PLEASURES AND THE PERILS OF AGEING
Written by LYNNE SEGAL
Introduction by ELAINE SHOWALTER

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68139-8

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of desire, the diminished situation of the older woman, the space on the left for the presence and resistance of the old, the problems of dealing with loss and mortality, and how to find victory in...

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AND 20 OTHER MYTHS ABOUT LGBT LIFE AND PEOPLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04245-8

In “You Can Tell Just by Looking” three scholars and activists come together to unpack enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Myths, such as “All Religions Condemn Homosexuality” and “Transgender People Are Mentally Ill,” have been used to justify discrimination and oppression of LGBT people. Others, such as “Homosexuals Are Born That Way,” have been embraced by LGBT communities and their allies. In...

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THE ILLUMINATING FORCE OF LOVE IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 09/17/2013

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-611-80083-8

Most spiritual teachings take the position that desire, wanting, and passion are opposed to the spiritual path. The concern is that engaging in desire will take you more into the world, into the mundane, into the physical, and into egoic life. And for most people, that is exactly what happens. The Power of Passion explores how to be passionate and to feel a strong wanting without that desire being in conflict with selfless love. It also shows how relationships with others are an important...

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SEX, GENDER, AND THE END OF NORMAL
Written by J. JACK HALBERSTAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-01097-6

Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies?

In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and sexual politics in the last few decades. This colorful landscape is populated by symbols and phenomena as varied as pregnant men, late-life lesbians, SpongeBob SquarePants, and queer families. So...

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A NOVELLA
Written by JAMES LECESNE

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Triangle Square

On Sale: 08/06/2013

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80487-9

Trevor is an exuberant, sociable, and witty thirteen year old. So how come, when he takes that nerve-wracking turn toward his locker at school, he feels scared and alone? Shunned by his friends, misunderstood by his parents, and harassed at school for being different, Trevor goes from wondering what color glitter to choose for his Lady Gaga costume at Halloween, to wondering why some feelings "are so intense it makes you just want to lay down and die rather than go on feeling it," and making...

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A MEMOIR
Written by MELANIE HOFFERT

Format: Hardcover, 248 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/08/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-04473-5

A rural expatriate’s struggle to reconcile family, home, love, and faith with the silence of the prairie land and its people

Melanie Hoffert longs for her rural North Dakota home with its grain trucks and empty main streets. But like many, she followed the out-migration pattern to a more urban life. When she returns home during harvest to confront the silences that have kept her at arm’s length from her childhood community, she finds it’s not easy. When asked if she's found a “fella,” rather...

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THE SURPRISINGLY SHORT HISTORY OF HETEROSEXUALITY
Written by HANNE BLANK

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 08/28/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-04459-9

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, “heterosexual” had become a byword for “normal,” enshrined in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a...

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THE TRUE STORY OF A NICE JEWISH BOY WHO JOINS THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY, AND LEAVES TWELVE YEARS LATER TO BECOME THE LOVELY LADY SHE IS TODAY
Written by KATE BORNSTEIN

Format: Hardcover, 280 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/01/2012

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00165-3

“I was born male and now I’ve got medical and government documents that say I’m female—but I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man. . . .”

Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are just a few words which have defined Kate Bornstein during her extraordinary life. For the first time, it all comes together in A Queer and Pleasant Danger, Kate Bornstein’s stunningly original memoir that’s set to change lives and enrapture...

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BOOB JOBS, CREDIT CARDS, AND OUR QUEST FOR PERFECTION
Written by LAURIE ESSIG

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 11/08/2011

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00323-7

The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to “fix” ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over two hundred interviews of plastic surgeons and surgery recipients, Essig creates an unforgettable portrait of contemporary America. American Plastic is a powerful and original...

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