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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1st edition (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441056
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She is the author of seven books, including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, and True List: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion. She is the editor of more than 25 anthologies including The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge and Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, winner of a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. She was creator and series editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica anthology series. Her books have sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into many languages. She's written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of the magazine On Our Backs. She was a syndicated columnist for The Village Voice for nine and a half years and writes an advice column for Taboo Magazine.

She is the producer and host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Network. As the head of Smart Ass Productions, she has directed and produced twenty-four sex education and erotic films; she is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. Her films have won more than a dozen awards. Tristan and her work have been featured in over 400 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Details, New York Magazine, Men's Health, and Playboy. She has appeared on HBO's Real Sex, The Howard Stern Show, Melissa Harris-Perry, Loveline, MTV, CNN, NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and on over a hundred radio shows; she was the resident sex expert and a recurring guest on two seasons of Ricki Lake.

Tristan's work, writing and films are routinely used in college courses to explore the complex issues of relationship and sexual diversity, politics and media. As a speaker, she is widely regarded as an expert on a diverse range of topics from sexual empowerment and LGBTQ sexuality to non-monogamy and feminist pornography. She lectures at top colleges and universities including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Smith, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, where she speaks on gay and lesbian issues, sexuality and gender, and feminism. She teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on May 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had to do a thesis in one of my physcology classes. My professor gave us three choices to pick from, lesbians, gay men or STD's. I choice lesbians and read many books, saw several documentaries and even did some interviews. I learned so much about lesbians and started reading wonderful books such as this one.
This exquisite collection features some of the finest erotic writing around, and shows why the series has grown by leaps and bounds since its first edition was published in 1996. Every single story here is top notch, full of extremely sexy writing that also has something to say about life. Some are authors who are extremely well-known (and well-loved): Pat Califia, Joan Nestle, Cecilia Tan, Kate Bornstein, Jane DeLynn; others are newcomers or authors whose names may not be familiar yet, but whose work assures that they will be.
The level of their work proves that this truly is the"best of the best." I'm talking about classic stories, like Cecilia Tan's "Penetration," stories that are just so brilliant, they deserve to be read over and over again. Tristan Taormino has culled from the previous year's collections those stories that are full of all the heat, spark and sizzle of lesbian sexuality. She has also gone beyond the bounds of what is traditionally known as "erotica" -- some of these stories don't feature naked flesh pressed up against naked flesh, though most of them do. Some of these stories are sad, wistful, angry, confused. Some are subtle in their meaning, reaching for nuances far beyond the typical porn orgasm. Taormino also extends lesbian eroticism to encompass butch/femme, S/M, and transgender sexuality in a way that is truly remarkable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mevima on January 25, 2002
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Despite the title, involving 'lesbian erotica', this book is not just porn, as you may think. The short stories are very involved and wonderfully thought out- some don't have any sex at all, just a short plot that sets a characterization. Of course, when there *is* sex (which, honestly, happens very often), it's very well-written and hot... just what you'd expect a 'best of the best' to be. If you're looking for this sort of book, I'd definitely reccommend this over any others.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on April 15, 2002
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I'm 19, and I bought this book last year just as I was coming out. I guess I wasn't quite ready for it; I was a bit shocked at some of the agression, slang, and weird roleplaying that went on, like power games or something. If you're into that, then go for it. For those just starting to test the waters, you might want to try something like Early Embraces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smith on May 14, 2013
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A bit extreme for someone wanting to check out lesbian erotic. There are a few stories that are tame enough. The rest are very hot and vivid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GyngerBee on March 25, 2013
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My girlfriend and I are a big fan of all lesbian erotica books. Some times the imagination is much better then porn.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gem on February 27, 2011
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I found to many male role plays or even ambiguous none sex characters for my taste. Some of the stores were okay is why am giving 3 stars. On the whole I would not buy this ebook again. Being female I find nothing wrong with being feminine and maybe this book was just not to my taste.
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