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Book : The Sex-Starved Wife: What to Do When He’s Lost Desire by Michele Weiner Davis

Synopsis

In 2003, bestselling author and relationship expert Michele Weiner Davis’ groundbreaking book, The Sex-Starved Marriage described the problems that occur in marriage when one spouse is vastly more interested in sex than the other and more importantly, what the couple could do to fix things. The book created quite a stir, but no one expected what happened next.

Weiner Davis was flooded with e-mails, letters, and phone calls from women, not with “headaches” and other predictable excuses for avoiding sex, but from women who were desperately unhappy because their husbands weren’t the least bit interested in sex. Nothing these women said or did got their men to understand the pain and isolation that comes from a sexual void, and despite heartfelt pleas, they were unable to convince their husbands to seek professional help. Add to this the unspoken taboo about discussing low libido in men, and these women were left to believe that they were the only ones dealing with this problem.

If this sounds like your situation, Weiner Davis wants to tell you that you are not alone, and it is not your fault: there is a whole host of reasons why your husband might be experiencing low desire. Although Weiner Davis explains reasons men lose interest in sex—biological issues, personal troubles, and relationship problems—she’s convinced that understanding the cause of a problem won’t make your sex life any juicier; doing something about it will. The Sex-Starved Wife gives you the tools you need to present the information in the book so that your husband will not become defensive. You’ll even learn methods for overcoming sexual dysfunctions such as performanceanxiety, premature ejaculation, and effective ways for dealing with pornography or infidelity. If you and your spouse need additional support, Weiner Davis offers concrete advice on how to get your man to visit his doctor or seek other professional help.

When it comes to marriage, Weiner Davis has seen it all. She knows how important loving, satisfying sex is to a healthy marriage. The straightforward, psychobabble-free advice in this book will help you create the intimacy and connection for which you’ve been longing.

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Book Review: Sex: A User’s Guide by Stephen Arnott

Synopsis: When it comes to sex, a little knowledge goes a long, long way. Here, at last, is the perfect little book to tease your imagination and test your sexual IQ (ever heard of the Turtle Stirs position?).

Some things are shocking while other things will just give you a giggle or two. Don’t get confused though because this is not a sex help book! It’s sex throughout history as well as tidbits on sexuality in the world today.

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Book Review: Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz

Synopsis

He’s the porn world’s Everyman. Blessed with an enormous “talent” yet average looks, he’s starred in more than 1,700 adult films, directed 250 of them, and over the last twenty years has become porn’s biggest ambassador to the mainstream. He’s appeared in 60 regular films, 14 music videos, and VH1’s Surreal Life, starred in the critically acclaimed Porn star (a movie about his life), and in Being Ron Jeremy (a take off on Being John Malkovich), co-starring Andy Dick. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. . . .

Ron Jeremy is a born storyteller (funny, considering he doesn’t do a lot of talking in his films). He knows where all the bodies are buried, and in this outrageous autobiography he not only shows you the grave but also gives you the back story on the tombstone. Get ready for Ron Jeremy—a scandalously entertaining deep insider’s view of the porn industry and its emergence into popular culture, and a delectable self-portrait of the amazingly endowed Everyman every man wanted to be.

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Book Review: My Secret Life by Anonymous

Synopsis

My Secret Life is perhaps the most infamous of all underground Victorian erotica. It is the sexual memoir of a well-to-do gentleman who began at an early age to keep a diary of his erotic behavior. He continues this record for over 40 years, creating in the process a unique social and psychological document.

 

This is one hot book; a seemingly endless series of trysts and liasons engaged in by the author, known as ‘Walter’ as he progresses through Victorian England and the continent of Europe in search of the perfect lay. No need to hunt for the good parts. The whole book is good parts. What makes this work especially enthralling is the fact that the author has a masterful ear and eye for detail.

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Book Review: Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn by Tera Patrick

Synopsis:

The world’s #1 porn star strips down about life, love, and everything in between.

Tera Patrick wasn’t always Tera Patrick. Once upon a time she was a gangly, teenaged bookworm named Linda Ann Hopkins, obsessed with serial killers and Marilyn Monroe and determined to make men all over the world one day desire her. And she succeeded: Today she sits atop the porn world and runs her own multimillion-dollar empire.

Sinner Takes All is a sexy and deeply personal memoir in which Tera bares all about baring all. Tera discusses leaving home as a teen to work as an international fashion model, losing her virginity at age fourteen to a man twice her age, working as a nurse at a senior citizen’s home, her on- and off-screen sexual escapades, and the emotional obstacles that she’s had to overcome, including a strained relationship with her mother, deadbeat boyfriends, and a suicide attempt that led to a stint in a locked-down psych ward.

An honest and naked look at a one-of-a-kind life, Sinner Takes All is a riveting memoir of the making of a modern sex goddess.

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Book Review: The Tantra Connection by Monika Muller

Synopsis

Having started the new millennium we are in the midst of imminent changes. This era was foreseen five millennia ago, and described in tantric scriptures as the transition from the “Age of Darkness” to the “Age of Truth”. The main intention of this book is to heighten the reader’s understanding of this transformation and to assist in this time of change we are going through, individually as well as in society.

Tantra considers the spiritual component of sexuality as it presents a balanced approach to life. Like Tantric Massage this text is designed to enhance and support individual spiritual growth – in unity within a healing body. Holistic health is an ever-present undercurrent, since the work intertwines the conscious use of energy in the body with knowledge gleaned from ancient Tantra. Some parallels, between ancient East Indian Tantra and the highly developed cosmology of the pre-columbian Mayan culture, are also identified.

The work is based on personal experiences. These have led the author to an energetic under-standing of Tantra. Describing the use of certain meditations, different modes of energy-cleansing and cultivated sexuality, it attempts to reinforce the reader’s courage and self-confidence. The goal is to master life, eventually becoming a “whole” human being – a microcosm within the macrocosm.

In this context, the work seeks to clarify – from the focal point of energy and social programming – the adversities and opportunities that couples face as soon as either partner begins the journey to Self.

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Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein, Marek Kohn

Synopsis

Tantra—often associated with Kundalini Yoga—is a fundamental dimension of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of “divine power” (shakti) as a path to infinite bliss. Tantra has been widely misunderstood in the West, however, where its practices are often confused with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy dispels many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.

The Tantric teachings are geared toward the attainment of enlightenment as well as spiritual power and are present not only in Hinduism but also Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In this book, Georg Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, as well as appropriate guidance for spiritual practice and the attainment of higher consciousness.

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Feuerstein has attempted a daunting task, defining Tantric Yoga drawn from Hindu and not Tibetan Buddhist sources. To do this, he has assembled a wide-ranging compendium of Hindu, Tantric and Shaivite texts almost impossible to find in one place elsewhere. To plunge into this book is to find yourself rushing down the sacred River Ganges through the heart of India. Like a sophisticated travelogue, it brings into sharp focus the rich tapestry of the Indian ecstatic life and the exotic practices of Tantric Yoga that take place, metaphorically, on the banks of this Queen of rivers. The inner eye is challenged with mystical beasts bathing in the waters; holy men daubed in ashes undertaking bizarre and often previously never-before-seen Tantric rituals; the inner ear is filled with the rhythmic, pulsating chant of Om, and all its associated Sanskrit sounds; the senses are awash with meditative visions. It is a passage through Indian spiritual life that may be too sophisticated for the casual tourist, although for those who have passed this way before, it is a comprehensive and provocative commentary on the basic and advanced precepts of Tantric yoga. Written with literate modesty and erudition, this book is an invaluable resource. (July)

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Biography

Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., is the founder-director of the Yoga Research and Education Center in California and is internationally known for his many interpretative studies of the Yoga tradition. A columnist for Yoga International, he is the author of more than thirty books. His latest work is featured at http://www.yrec.org.

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Book Review: Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra by Loriliai Biernacki

Synopsis: Book Review: Renowned Goddess of Desire: Women, Sex, and Speech in Tantra by Loriliai Biernacki

Tantra is a family of rituals modeled on those of the Vedas and their attendant texts and lineages. These rituals typically involve the visualization of a deity, offerings, and the chanting of his or her mantra. Common variations include visualizing the deity in the act of sexual union with a consort, visualizing oneself as the deity, and “transgressive” acts such as token consumption of meat or alcohol. Most notoriously, non-standard or ritualized sex is sometimes practiced. This accounts for Tantra‘s negative reputation in some quarters and its reception in the West primarily as a collection of sexual practices.
Although some today extol Tantra’s liberating qualities, the role of women remains controversial. Traditionally there are two views of women and Tantra. Either the feminine is a metaphor and actual women are altogether absent, or Tantra involves the transgressive use of women’s bodies to serve male interests. Loriliai Biernacki presents an alternative view, in which women are revered, worshipped, and considered worthy of spiritual attainment. Her primary sources are a collection of eight relatively modern Tantric texts written in Sanskrit from the 15th through the 18th century. Her analysis of these texts reveals a view of women that is generally positive and empowering. She focuses on four topics: 1) the “Kali Practice,” in which women appear not only as objects of reverence but as practitioners and gurus; 2) the Tantric sex rite, especially in the case that, contrary to other Tantric texts, the preference is for wives as ritual consorts; 3) feminine language and the gendered implications of mantra; and 4) images of male violence towards women in tantric myths. Biernacki, by choosing to analyse eight particular Sanskrit texts, argues that within the tradition of Tantra there exists a representation of women in which the female is an authoritative, powerful, equal participant in the Tantric ritual practice

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Book Review: Modalities for Massage and Bodywork

Gain a better understanding of the top modalities in massage practice with expert insight and a balanced, user-friendly approach! This current, consistently organized resource distills a wealth of information on 21 popular massage modalities into easy-to-read overviews detailing the essential principles behind each therapy. Identify the modalities that best apply to your clients, incorporate key concepts into your practice, and take the first steps toward specialization all with one helpful text!

  • Leading experts lend years of valuable knowledge and experience across a wide spectrum of massage modalities including prenatal, deep tissue, shiatsu, craniosacral, reflexology, and more.
  • A companion DVD demonstrates proper techniques for 7 top modalities with over 100 minutes of detailed video footage.
  • Consistently organized learning tools in each chapter ensure complete understanding of learning objectives, key terminology and relevant anatomy and physiology.
  • Self-assessment tests included at the end of every chapter help you gauge your strengths and identify areas requiring further study.
  • More than 265 full-color illustrations clarify difficult concepts and demonstrate body mechanics, concepts, and techniques.

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