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Recreational Sex : An Insider's Guide to the Swinging Lifestyle

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ISBN-13: 978-0966439809
ISBN-10: 0966439805
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Editorial Reviews

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Here is a marvelous opportunity to see the truth of swinging through the eyes and experience of a woman. -- Robert McGinley, PhD., President, The Lifestyles Organization

This is the first book that I can endorse as being a practical guide, especially for new and hesitant couples. -- Editor, Liberated Christians Newsletter, Phoenix, AZ

Wow! ...this is the first book that I can endorse as being a practical guide, especially for new and hesitant couples. Some prior guides I've reviewed have been more personal fantasy experiences, which for some people are great, but this is the first book I've reviewed that is personal, concise, and very practical. -- Editor, Liberated Christians Newsletter, Phoenix, AZ, September, 1997

From the Publisher

Until now, reliable information about the swinging lifestyle has always been difficult to find. As managing editor of Connection Magazines, Patti Thomas has been involved in the swinging lifestyle on both a personal and professional level for 26 years. She has received a variety of awards from her peers in the lifestyle community for her positive contributions. Through Recreational Sex, Patti shares her knowledge and understanding of the lifestyle in her own friendly, common-sense style.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Peppermint Pub Co (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966439805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966439809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
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An excellent introductory book to the swinging lifestyle. Patti provides an indepth look at swinging from not only a sexual view but emotional and spiritual viewpoints. Ms. Thomas addresses the issues of jealousy, fear of the first time, meeting people and placing ads in one of several mediums and not solely her own. She also addresses two key aspects regarding women and swinging.
One, the feelings of being forced into the lifestyle by husbands/partners and being told to wear revealing clothing at parties/resorts that don't make them feel comfortable. Two, the lack of information and resources for women interested in swinging either alone or with the husband/partner. She is dead on when she states that many more women would be interested in swinging if given proper education from society and positive support from their husbands/partners. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR WOMEN INTERESTED IN SWINGING AND FOR MEN WHO ARE CONSIDERING OPENING UP THEIR MARRIAGE TO EITHER SWINGING, POLYAMORY OR SWAPPING.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
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Dear Patti,
I wanted to write and tell you that I was impressed with your book. It think it was very well written and to the point. We also found it to be extremely helpful in addressing some issues that we were working thru. Let me say at this point that I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, and a National Certified Counselor. We have been in the lifestyle for only three years and I consider us still to be kind of "newbies." I found your book to be very useful in opening up helpful dialogues and to give various "permissions" to examine issues in a "defense-free" manner. For that gift I thank you. I would also like to say that I liked your humility. While it seemed like someone as famous as you could really have a swelled head, you did not. I admired that. Thank you again,
M. H., Master of Arts in Professional Psychology, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
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We were delighted to find this book! We've toyed with the idea of swinging for awhile now, but were not sure what type of people were involved or what to expect if we could find a club to attend. Some other books we found were primarily accounts of the author's sexual activities with other people, while we were searching for helpful advice & information for nervous beginners. Reading this book together helped immensely by making it easier for us to discuss sensitive topics. While we still haven't made a decision yet on swinging, all of our discussions about it sure helped spice up our own sexual activities!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2002
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Although the bias behind this book is well intentioned, I found its overall poor writing (and excessive use of exclamation points) to be distracting from the main point. There's little here that couldn't be figured out from some dedicated browsing of the net, and the brevity of the book is irritating given its exceedingly high price. In all, well intentioned but a failure.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JohnEAngel73@aol.com on April 6, 2000
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We really enjoyed reading Recreational Sex, the information given was very helpful toward our decision to "join" the lifestyle. It answered alot of questions we had, and with the information at hand it helped us avoid any embarrassing situations with our first encounter. Patti Thomas is truly the "Queen of Swing"!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on May 16, 2004
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Everyone who enters the silent subculture of the 'LifeStyle' begins somewhere. And everyone in the 'LifeStyle' encounters people who have questions. This book helps both situations. We were lucky enough to meet Patti and she is as REAL as her book. We use this book as a way to give information to potential 'LifeStylers' in a non-pressure setting. No one should ever attempt to force this issue on anyone. Generally, if a couple makes the choice to enter the 'LifeStyle', they've made the right choice. And likewise, when a couple makes a decision not to take this step, it's the right decision for them. Patti's book is the first step to let a couple know that they are not the only ones with these erotic, arrousing, thoughts. And the intense pleasures of strange flesh are just beyond the pages of the book.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cat! :-), Editor in Chief, Texas Connection magazine on February 27, 2001
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I can't imagine anyone better than Patti Thomas to have written a book of this magnitude. Informative, funny, insightful and imminently helpful to "newbies" as well as "old hands" in "the lifestyle," this book offers answers to questions you might never have known you had. Why do we do it? Answered. When and where do we do it? Answered. How can you become involved, whether you're a single or a couple? Answered.
Perhaps best of all, Thomas' down-to-earth style makes the forbidden easy to understand.
The book is a delightful read and would make an excellent addition to any library encompassing "alternative" sexuality.
Frankly, after reading Thomas work, I can't imagine why everyone isn't swinging! You go, girl -- and do everything you can to take the rest of us with you!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
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The thin book covers, somewhat superficially for my tastes, issues relevant to swinging. I found it to be less titillating than I expected from an educated woman whose sexuality leaves mine repressed and in the dust. However, the book reads as if a one hour seminar on swinging, including a glossary and addresses to get you started. While this information is on the web, it was reassuring to hear it from a woman who could pass as your mother, but who is trying to sheparding her flock through the perils of an intolerant public. While the experiences of a couple of people aren't likely to reveal the full scope of a "lifestyle" the book provides a positive perspective.
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