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From Publishers Weekly

In Pucker Up: A Hands-On Guide to Ecstatic Sex, sexpert Tristan Taormino (The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women), who has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, New York, Spin, Playboy and on The Howard Stern Show and the Discovery Channel, combines know-how, enthusiasm, practicalities, compassion and humor to spread the joy of an aspect of our lives "still trivialized, marginalized, and denigrated by most of our cultural institutions." Imparting wisdom on anatomy, communication, safe sex, anal sex, "the basics" (hand jobs and oral sex), toys, tools, erotica, role-playing you name it (don't be shy!), Taormino inspires confidence that all things are possible, not to mention desirable. Illus.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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About the Author

Tristan Taormino is the editor of On Our Backs and a columnist for the Village Voice, Taboo, Penthouse.com, Spectator, and The Loop. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, and directed, produced, and starred in two videos based on the book. She is the editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series, for which she has edited seven volumes. Taormino has appeared on the Howard Stern Show, Loveline, HBO's Real Sex, MTV, and the Discovery Channel. She teaches workshops and lectures on sex nationwide. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060988924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060988920
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,704 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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By girldiver on December 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Unlike alot of How to's for the bedroom this book reads like a conversation over coffee and a donut. To say the least, Tristan Taormino writes about what she knows, SEX.

She began her career in sex education at a sex-toy shop in NYC. She honestly tells you all the sexual anthropology she witnessed and then some.

I did find the book refreshing in style and candor. It doesn't read like an ABC123 this is how you do it book, but somewhat like a personal experience from Ms. Taorminos' mouth to your ear. And let me just warn you now, if you dislike harsh slang maybe you should try a more clinical book.

This book covers all the basics any other sex book would but then she covers it with a little kink.

For the most part, this book did a great job with sex tools and toys. Everything you ever wanted to know but couldn't drag yourself into one of those stores to find out is covered. Once you've read the Sex tools and toys chapter of her book you most decidedly want to check out the goods in person just to see if they really exist.

This book also does a great job of demystifing the female G-Spot, female ejaculation, and anal sex. In very plan language with seemingly life experienced knowlege Ms. Taormino tells you like it is.

I did enjoy many sections of this book but it did just skim some topics. I also felt this was a book for boys who like girls and girls who like girls but fell short of addressing girls who like boys.

Over all the book had some great places in it and great ideas but was decidely toned down from Ms. Taormino's usual Village Voice column and therefore could have been much better.

Worth buying if your interested in tools, toys, and the awsome resource guide.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Pucker Up is easy-to-read and has a lot of useful information that has definitely perked up my sex life. Taormino is very open and shares details about her life and why she cares so much about helping people with their sex lives. She covers everything from the female g-spot, sex toys including vibrators and dildos, to anal sex, safe sex, porn, and BDSM. She also includes questions from readers about all of these topics and answers them. The book is easy to read and comes with a resource guide to find out more information. It's easy to read straight through or skip to chapters that are of particular interest. She also emphasizes communicating with your partner and truly getting to know your own body and desires, which is very important. Altogether a helpful, interesting and intelligent guide to sexuality for men and women.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Sexpert Tristan Taormino brings her trademark humor, warmth, honesty, and vast knowledge of sexuality to this sex guide for both men and women. Through her time working at a sex toy store and her various writings on sexuality, she has learned a lot about female and male sexuality which she shares in this excellent and insightful guide. She details male and female anatomy and erogenous zones, how to figure out what turns you on, communicating with your partner, as well as topics such as the G-spot, anal sex, erotica and porn videos, and BDSM. Throughout, she shares her own personal experiences and those of people she's spoken with to illuminate real issues people have about sexuality and how everyone can enjoy a better sex life and learn more about their bodies and desires. Her tone is friendly and encouraging, and is never stuffy or condescending. She writes at the end of the book, "Sex can be fun, relaxing, life-affirming, mind-blowing, spiritual, and physically and emotionally fulfilling." Pucker Up shows you how to have fabulous sex not by a 1-2-3, "this is how it should be done" approach, but in ways that allow you to figure out what you will feel comfortable with and how to make her suggestions and tips a part of your own unique sex life.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on February 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Reading through this book, I was impressed not only by Tristan's knowledge of various "sexuality topics," but also the easygoing style she writes in. She immediately makes you comfortable reading and discussing various items, it's almost as if you were meeting her for coffee and discussing things like what sex toy to buy, what adult video might be best, etc. She mentions her former job at a woman-owned sex toy shop in NYC called Toys in Babeland and how she was partially motivated to write this book based on her experiences working there, in her desire to further educate people about sex.
And that's another thing I loved about this book; the amount of information about various items, such as different types of vibrators and dildoes, a chapter about the G-spot and female ejaculation, sexual communication and safe sex, a section on female anatomy, and a chapter about "back door betties and bend over boys (anal sex)," just to name a few. And the accompanying illustrations (esp the female anatomy ones) are wonderful too. Tristan knows quite a bit about the topics she discusses and it shows. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I'm so glad to live in an era where sex-positive information is readily available. Bravo Tristan for a job well done!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Pfleeger VINE VOICE on September 9, 2002
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Tristan Taormino is the sexpert for Gen-X. In Pucker Up she attempts to write the Joy of Sex for the new millenium. Unfortunately, her efforts fall short.
It's not that the book is bad because its not. It's just that we are talking sex here not rocket science. Tristan does try to provide the casual reader with lots of information on everything from sexual anatomy to BDSM practices but fails to be complete in any topic. She does make up for this flaw by providing an excellent resource guide at the end that is worth the price of admission.
All in all the book is somewhat too simple. There is lots of basic material on better communication, the joys of adding toys to your routine, adding erotica and role-playing but no real detailed information. If you want details you need to go to the resource guide to get the additional material. The book really is not much of a techniques manual but rather a simple overlook of what could have been much more informative if the topics had been shortened and more detail given to specific aspects of sexuality.
One of the best parts of the book are the questions that accompany each chapter. The reader would have been better served if more questions had been included. These questions are truly the highlights of the work.
That said the book is not bad its just a slow repetitive read at times. I would recommend it if you are looking for very basic information but if you want more there are better source books out there.
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