The Other Side of Desire by Daniel Bergner
Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing

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“Riveting….Powerful…as much about desire and what’s normal as it is an exploration of why we are the way we are, whether we like it or not.”

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Subtitled “Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing,” Daniel Bergner’s The Other Side of Desire is a literary exploration of science and sex that will appeal to readers of Mary Roach and Natalie Angier. A cross between “a top-rated HBO series [with] provocatively graphic sex, humorous dialogue, and moral ambiguity,” (New York Times) and a profound, deeply humanizing study of sexuality, The Other Side of Desire has been called, “a foray into extreme passion, in quest of the human soul” (O, The Oprah Magazine) and its author, Bergner, “a keen storyteller but above all a humane one” (Salon.com).

 

About Daniel Bergner

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Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of three books of nonfiction, including The Other Side of Desire; In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa, which was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; and God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
 
Published January 21, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 226 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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New York Times Magazine staff writer Bergner (In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa, 2003, etc.) follows four people into areas of rarefied longing where few dare or desire to go.

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Daniel Bergner’s “The Other Side of Desire,” which comes out on Tuesday, is a serious and sympathetic book about people most of us would call perverts or weirdos.

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An exploration of eccentric sexual yearnings, and what they tell us about the nature of deviance and desire.

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The Other Side of Desire is the result of long periods Bergner has spent in the company of paraphiliacs - people who operate in what are, for those of us who practise mere "vanilla sex", remote regions of erotic experience.

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