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The Big O: How to Have Them, Give Them, and Keep Them Coming Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (May 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767907485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767907484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Did you know that women can orgasm in 10 different ways, and a man in 7 different ways? A new book from sex educator Lou Paget is always a delight. Her frank, positive attitude and sprightly style make her books a pleasure to read. Her other books have focused on the total sexual experience--this one zooms in on the "Big O": orgasm. Of course first you have to understand how your body and your partner's body function sexually, how to build seduction and foreplay into your lovemaking (no matter how long you've been together as a couple), the importance of communication, and myths you need to dispel, so don't expect a whole book of lovemaking technique. In chapters 5 (women's orgasms) and 6 (men's orgasms), she gets to the techniques: lots of them, and clearly illustrated with line drawings.

Paget also includes spicy and amusing facts, such as, "Back in the Middle Ages, straight pubic hair was a sign of too much masturbation, which presumably accounts for the wide popularity of miniature pubic hair curlers at the time," and "In 1930 there was a nude indoor bicycle race in Paris in which each woman's goal was to be the first to orgasm from rubbing on the seat."

Lou Paget is also the author of How to Be a Great Lover: Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Totally Explicit Techniques That Will Blow His Mind and How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure: Totally Explicit Techniques Every Woman Wants Her Man to Know. Though some information from earlier books is repeated in this one (who minds a reminder about our differences, or an illustration of Ode to Bryan, AKA the Penis Samba?), most is new, or presented in a new way. You'll enjoy The Big O--and so will your partner! --Joan Price

From Library Journal

Paget is the author of two outstanding sex manuals: How To Be a Great Lover (for women, about men, LJ 1/99) and How To Give Her Absolute Pleasure (for men, about women, LJ 1/00). The Big O (for both men and women) draws highlights from both of those works and offers new information from psychology, health and medicine, and spirituality. But the result is too little about too much, especially in the medical chapter. When does failure to get an erection become a problem? What is "low desire"? Why does delayed ejaculation appear in the premature ejaculation section? Why is nerve-sparing prostate surgery mentioned with "enhancers" rather than in the medical chapter? What's a "Sybian vibrator"? Paget's interdisciplinary approach doesn't gel, and some of the writing and editing is sloppy and vague. Paget shines when describing sex techniques in her first two books, which libraries should buy instead of this. Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Combining fifteen years of sexuality research with her experience as a sex educator, Lou Paget is the author of the acclaimed sex guide for women How to be a Great Lover, and is the instructor and founder of the nationally recognized and wildly popular Sexuality Seminars. Lou has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Redbook. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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I love how Lou writes: informative and straight to the point.
R. Anderson
This is her third book and written to both genders unlike her previous books which were written for gender specific.
girldiver
When I started reading this book I couldn't stop reading it and had to at least finish one chapter everyday.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By girldiver on November 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Big O. is a concise easy to read overview of human sexual response and how to get to the finish line. Lou Paget does an excellent job organizing and giving you all the information out in the world today about sexual release for men and women. This is her third book and written to both genders unlike her previous books which were written for gender specific.
In 260 pages Ms. Paget manages to give you 'The Big O' from conception to completion with some fun stuff in between. 'The Big O' will definitely bring you up to date on the physiological aspects of your important parts to achieve orgasm. Ms. Paget manages to do this with in the realm of education and not being crude.
She also touches on the very important aspect that [love making] begins in the head and the brain is the larges sex organ. She touches on the mental aspects of boredom, anxiety, and arousal.
There are chapters dedicated to both men and women were she describes the different and numerous kinds of orgasms available to both men and women. Both these chapters give you some very specific how to's on achieving orgasm. By far I would say those two chapters will hold your interest and you will want to experiment using some of her ideas unless you knew them already.
Of course no book written on the subject of sexuality is complete today with out a chapter on the medical concerns of [intercourse] today. Ms. Paget has two chapters one dedicated to discussing fitness, depression, desire, and menopause along with diseases that effect sexual response and outcome. She also has a chapter dedicated to sexually transmitted diseases.
Included in her book are chapters on Fun Stuff to try: aphrodisiacs, massage, aromatherapy, exercises, and other toys.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Lou Paget's other books: How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure and How to be a Great Lover (my girlfriend and I have the books and the tapes). This is what led us to buy the Big O, but we were disopointed. It's pretty much a rush job that seems to be a repeat of her last two books. Most of the same information is repeated, but phrased differently. It also dosen't cater to male orgasmims much at all. It's more of a guide for women in doing their part to help their man orgasim as opposed to helping men cultivate their own. Paget has a lot to teach and she has helped our sex life a lot, but this book wasn't all it was cracked up to be. If you've read her last two books and want to learn more, perhaps another writer with a different approach would be refreshing. But make sure you get her other two books first!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By R. Anderson on May 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
LOU PAGET WRITES THE PERFECT BOOKS FOR ME!

I am a conservative Christian woman that kept her virtue until her wedding night, so did my husband... NOW WHAT DO WE DO? We knew the mechanics our mom/dad and sex ed. teachers taught us... but we quickly learned there must be more to it than that! My husband and I wanted to find something informative, without being too ronchy. We wanted something that respected us as a couple and didn't care about becoming porn stars. I wanted a book that I wouldn't mind leaving my husband alone with either, lol.

I love how Lou writes: informative and straight to the point. I love the experiences she shares (her own and those of her seminar students).

This is the bridal shower gift I give to other conservative brides. This way they know get more bang for their punch, even when they've waited a long time to have it ;)
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I only wish I had had this book when I was younger but even at 68 it has improved my life.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Edward Saunders Jr. on May 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Lou Paget has done it again! She keeps putting information, exercises, and techniques together for men and women in a concise format that leads the reader (and their mate!) to MORE pleasure! I think ALL of her books should be REQUIRED reading for college! She has the knowledge and bibliography that manages to match many that I either own or have read over the years! If you want the latest on Orgasms and sophisticated loving-look no further! You GO Lou!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very condescending in tone. The author tends to drive the same point home over and over...and over and over. (How many times do I need to be told that the mind is the most important sex organ? It sunk in after the first 5 times--I didn't need to be reminded in every chapter.)

The author tries to cover a lot of area, but doesn't provide depth in any of them. For example, when describing different sexual positions, she relies a great deal on illustrations to get the point across, and provides very little textual description to enhance your understanding.

There are much better sex guides available, I suggest you pass on this one. Take a look at The Guide to Getting it On instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Evans on June 3, 2008
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This is a very interesting book which will basically tell you about all the different types of orgasms for men and women and how to give them like the cover says. It also has pictures to show how to give them using each method. I also recieved the book 2-3 business days after I ordered it so it was shipped quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Young on January 31, 2013
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Everyone should read this book. My wife and I gave copies to all of our adult married children for Christmas and we are still receiving heartfelt thank you's from all.
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