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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (July 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592404227
  • ASIN: B002YX0FAQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Colesberry has a degree in biomedical engineering and spent ten years in the pharmaceutical industry. He now works as a movie extra and stand-up comic in Los Angeles, where he also does volunteer work teaching sex ed to high school students.

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Adrian Colesberry was born at 7:20 in the morning after a delivery that caused his mother, by the kindly woman's own report, no pain. Since that day, he has taken scrupulous care to endow the rest of his life with the same modesty and kindness that characterized his miraculous entrance into this world.

He got a degree in biomedical engineering (painful, true, but only for him). After college, he spent ten years managing manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry where, he is proud to report, he never made any product that could be used to pour gasoline on the raging fire of male insecurity about whether their penises are long enough or thick enough or hard enough or hard enough for long enough or hard enough fast enough or hard enough at the right time enough...

Adrian remembers a golden age when the cure for perceived erectile deficiencies was something called cunnilingus and he believes that those were happier times for men and (especially) for women. Ladies?

In the evenings, after work, Adrian did stand-up comedy, proving once more the age-old formula:

corporate drug manufacturing + time (approx 2 hours) = comedy.

In 2002, he landed a spot on NBC's Late Friday.

After his divorce, Adrian quit his corporate job and found humbler employment as a background extra in film and TV. He didn't get to deploy his college education as an extra, but he did gain a brand new skill set including: dressing himself, arriving at a specific location at a specific time, filling out an employment voucher, shutting up when anyone said, "Rolling!" sitting, standing and walking in lines, both straight and curved.

Adrian highly recommends extra work for reducing your karmic load. The most ambitious monk would be challenged to do less in one day than an extra. It was during his Zen-like retreat into extra-land, that Adrian wrote the dirty, funny, dirty How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry.

Much of the book was written on a Palm Pilot standing around between takes on such fine films as Aviator and Spiderman 2, and on celebrated TV shows like Boston Legal, ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Entourage in which his back and torso and face have appeared for countable fractions of a second.

An excerpt from an early version of his book was published on Nerve.com. Not his first time out of the gates as a writer, in 1994, he wrote the award-winning Costa Rica: the Last Country the Gods Made.

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I laughed out loud every few pages.
H. Billings
It's a testament to Colesberry's talent that he has written a book that does all of that in a charming, funny package.
Johnny Murdoc
This book is a very good insight on what and how a man (at least *this* man) thinks about sex and women.
tracy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Murdoc on August 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked up "How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry" by Adrian Colesberry after hearing about it on writer/sex educator Susie Bright's podcast. I flipped through the book at my local store, and found myself laughing out loud only a few pages in. On the surface, the book is exactly what it says that is: a how-to manual for how to make love to Adrian Colesberry, complete with charts and worksheets. The book is, at all times, engaging, funny, and honest. Colesberry interjects each portion of the manual with stories and anecdotes from his past relationships and sexual encounters, and he never balks at being thorough.

What impressed me beyond the humor and the central conceit of the book is that it ultimately acts as small catalog of the wide variety of sexual interests that people have (and illustrates that having one of those interests doesn't negate or lessen any other interest or experience). On top of that, it serves to normalize those feelings, and encourages exploration, experimentation, and the need to be open to new experiences. As Dan Savage would say, it encourages you to be good, giving, and game. It's a testament to Colesberry's talent that he has written a book that does all of that in a charming, funny package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down - on the surface it seems like a hilarious, well-executed concept for a book, but the further you get into it, you realize that the author has cleverly embedded a very personal, very introspective, very insightful memoir about his sex life and about male sexuality in general. I can't think of another book that puts into writing so completely what a man's real, true experiences of love and sex and dating are like. Even if you skipped all over that, the comedy is devastatingly funny, so the book functions perfectly on both levels.

I seriously loved this book and feel it is a unique masterpiece. It's extremely human and wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tracy on September 15, 2009
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The bright red cover caught my eye. The title made me smile ("how clever!") and the first sentence I read inside made me laugh out loud in the bookstore. So I went home and ordered it on Amazon.

This book is hilarious. It's exactly what it says it is: a How-To for having sex with Adrian Colesberry - complete with charts & graphs, mathematical formulas and pie charts. A step-by-step guide on sex from this guy's experience & preferences.

You will laugh because it's funny, you'll laugh because it's filthy & in your face (wow, I can't believe he said that!) and you will admire the guy for having the [...]to put it all out there for the world to see. He doesn't hold anything back. Really. Nothing.

Somewhere along the line you will also realize that you just learned something about sex. This book is a very good insight on what and how a man (at least *this* man) thinks about sex and women. And maybe more importantly: what he *isn't* thinking about. Ladies - know that thing that really bothers you about your body/positions/acts/whatever... and how your boyfriend/husband says "it doesn't bother me" but you don't really believe him? Well, it ~really~ doesn't bother him. At least that's what is going through Adrian Colesberry's head.

This guy isn't an egotistical jerk, he's not making himself out to be a god in bed or the Best Ever. He's a regular guy

If you are offended by graphic language then this isn't the book for you: he doesn't mince words, it's right to the point, you will understand very clearly what he is trying to convey. This isn't a book I'm putting up on the bookshelf where my kids could get it.

I'm giving it 5 stars because it is not only funny but I came away with a different outlook on a few things. Plus it's been a week and I'm still talking about the book to everyone!
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My friend brought this book along for a girls' weekend at a cabin in the mountains. I started reading it to myself as the other gals chatted, and quickly had to start reading excerpts aloud as I was laughing so hard.

This is one of the funniest, most refreshingly honest books I have ever read! It is not just about "how to make love to adrian colesberry," although it is indeed THAT. It is about how to laugh about a topic most of us aren't honest with ourselves about, much less the literary public.

Get this book. Read it aloud with your friends. We all laughed until we cried.

TIP: Get some sticky notes so you can refer back to key charts and graphs. Really, you'll be glad you did. By the end of the book you'll feel like all his lovers are like old friends and you'll have almost as much knowledge as Adrian himself. But in the beginning it helps to check the data to keep them all straight.
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This sex memoir is not only one of the best books about sex I've ever read, but one of the best books. Yes, the premise and opening are hilarious; ostensibly it's meant as a guide for anyone who wants to or might want to sleep with its author, Adrian Colesberry, who refers to himself in the third person umpteen times in the book. There's even a section to fill in why you want to sleep with him.

Upon cracking this open, you might think only a man with a huge list of lovers would dare to write such a book. Colesberry, by his count, has had 11 (I would adjust that number, given some information at the end of the book, but I don't want to create a spoiler). So, 11 women, who he breaks down by age, bra size, how he met them and pretty much any other standard you can think of. For, though this is indeed about Colesberry's body, preferences, childhood, emotions, etc., it's just as much about these women's, especially his ex-wife's. He manages to tell the story of his divorce in ways that are humorous, with venom lurking just underneath, and many of the cautionary tales involve her, though others, such as a failed threesome, involve other women. They have names like "The Great One," "The Innocent One," "The Expert" and "The Last One." None of them have invectives or mean names as, well, I'd be wont to do.

Colesberry guides you through pretty much every possible sexual permutation and though this could be clinical, especially in the footnotes we learn about his human foibles, his insecurities that are related to, but not completely about, his penis. That to me is the true genius of this book. We are taught that straight men, overall, have some major likes and dislikes and that for a woman who wants to bed such a man, she should adhere to them.
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