Dirty Words by Ellen Sussman
A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex

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This witty reference steps in where time-honored discussions of the birds-and-the-bees typically fall short. Each of the 90-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 swinging, hand jobs to spooning are tackled by everyone's favorite writers including Daphne Merkin, Charles Kaiser, Erica Jong, Thomas Beller, and Jane Smiley. Learn what Philip Lopate has to say about duration and Pagan Kennedy about the phallus. Ravi Shankar lingers on the quickie while Patty Marx waxes poetic about the vibrator. From sexual relationships (monogamy, one-night stand, ménage a trios) to sexual positions (doggie style, 69), from age-old practices (prostitution) to contemporary twists (internet sex), this alphabetical encyclopedia includes everything you need to know about the language of love and more. A perfect gift designed to supplement any good sex education, Dirty Words will find a warm spot on bookshelves and bed-side tables everywhere.

About Ellen Sussman

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Ellen Sussman is the author of the novels French Lessons and On a Night Like This, both national bestsellers. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in Northern California.

Author Residence: Los Altos Hills, CA

Author Hometown: Trenton, NJ
Published March 15, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Author Sussman compiled this quasi-reference book as a corrective for not getting the facts of life talk that her brother received. The result is an often riveting, and occasionally shocking, essa

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and bestiality.The first surprise of your mouth and mine, the instant way we begin to speak together a language we have never spoken together, a little tentative, small promises, a fluency, accented, dialected, each vowel and consonant exactly formed, sudden native speakers, pun and slang, the sl...

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The Google searches in "Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex" are revealing, if not exactly saucy.

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"Orgy is a word that fills your mouth like a wild oyster that's just a little too big to (comfortably) swallow."

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