The body, nature of sexuality and the erotic

A Listmania! list by Patrick D. Goonan "see profile for URL" (Livermore, CA)
The list author says: "I am a personal development coach with a graduate background in both biochemistry and psychology. I am also a 25+ year student of the world's wisdom traditions and have done graduate research on human sexuality.

The list below is an attempt to capture HIGH QUALITY resources that will provide you with a useful non-redundant set of resources. Unfortunately, many things written in this area are either NOT high quality or repeat the same messages.

I have included a few examples of erotic and more edgy resources for the more adventorous. However, my purpose in putting together this list is not to tittilate, but to encourage the disappearance of ignorace, guilt and shame around sexuality."
The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment
1.  The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment by Jack Morin
The list author says:
  "This is my favorite book for understanding the psychology of sex and sexual fantasy.  It is a must-have resource for anyone seriously trying to understand sexual behavior and the paradoxes involved."
$10.59   Used & New from: $2.90
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality
2.  The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality by Shere Hite
The list author says:
  "A very broad and comprehensive study on female sexuality with many quotes from participants which illuminate various aspects of female sexuality."
$12.62   Used & New from: $3.74
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

The Evolution Of Desire - Revised Edition 4
3.  The Evolution Of Desire - Revised Edition 4 by David M. Buss
The list author says:
  "This is another "must have" book.  It explains in detail the evolutionary basis for our sexual behavior including phenomenon such as infidelity, gender preferences, etc.  It's absolutely, fascinating."
$12.62   Used & New from: $3.18
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex
4.  The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex by David M. Buss
The list author says:
  "This book offers an evolutionary biology perspective on jealousy.  It explains this complex emotion in deep detail and why it is not without value."
Used & New from: $0.02
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body
5.  The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body by Desmond Morris
The list author says:
  "This is a very good book by a famous zoologist on the female body, why it evolved the way it did and contains many other interesting biological facts about the female body and sexuality."
$15.20   Used & New from: $5.60
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Intimate Behaviour: A Zoologist's Classic Study of Human Intimacy
6.  Intimate Behaviour: A Zoologist's Classic Study of Human Intimacy by Desmond Morris
The list author says:
  "A zoologist's perspective on intimate behavior.  However, not an overly reductionistic one as Desmond Morris is very well-read in many areas."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism New Edition
7.  Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism New Edition by Thomas Moore
The list author says:
  "This is a book on Sadism by an extremely well-known and bestselling author.  If you ever wanted to understand this type of sexual behavior, this book will help."
Used & New from: $12.75
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Dear Lover: A Woman's Guide To Men, Sex, And Love's Deepest Bliss
8.  Dear Lover: A Woman's Guide To Men, Sex, And Love's Deepest Bliss by David Deida
The list author says:
  "This is a beautifully written book by David Deida about a women's deepest yearnings.  It also gives an inside perspective on woman's sexuality from the point of view of the author who is well-respected in this area."
$12.83   Used & New from: $4.18
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

A General Theory of Love
9.  A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis
The list author says:
  "While this book is not about sex per se, it explains human love and bonding.  It also helps contextualize sexuality and some of the paradoxes involved."
$11.12   Used & New from: $1.51
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

Will Our Love Last?: A Couple's Road Map
10.  Will Our Love Last?: A Couple's Road Map by Samuel R. Hamburg
The list author says:
  "A great and unique book on relationship compatability that includes a lot of information on sexual chemistry and exercises for couple's to look at this dimension of their relationship."
$14.13   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Skin: A Natural History
11.  Skin: A Natural History by Nina G. Jablonski
The list author says:
  "This is a great book on the natural history of skin.  It involves the importance of touch and sex, but isn't completely sexually oriented."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Getting Our Bodies Back
12.  Getting Our Bodies Back by Christine Caldwell
The list author says:
  "A book about healing the mind/body split by a very reputable somatic psychologist and author."
$11.16   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Body: Recovering Our Sensual Wisdom
13.  Body: Recovering Our Sensual Wisdom by Don Hanlon Johnson
The list author says:
  "Another excellent book on reclaiming the body.  This also does a great job of illuminating assumptions and cultural biases that are erroneous and perpetuate disconnection from the body."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Philosophy in the Flesh: the Embodied Mind & its Challenge to Western Thought
14.  Philosophy in the Flesh: the Embodied Mind & its Challenge to Western Thought by George Lakoff
The list author says:
  "This is a scholarly book about how even cognition is tied to somatic or bodily experience and that the edifice of consciousness and thinking rests upon this foundation."
$16.01   Used & New from: $5.00
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Men in Love
15.  Men in Love by Nancy Friday
The list author says:
  "A compendium of men's fantasies compiled by a therapist.  This gives a nice cross section of the gamut of men's fantasies and most certainly fits the criteria for erotica."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies
16.  My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies by Nancy Friday
The list author says:
  "Women's descriptions of their sexual fantasies.  This is a good book to give a sense of this and also good erotica."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Forbidden Flowers: More Women's Sexual Fantasies
17.  Forbidden Flowers: More Women's Sexual Fantasies by Nancy Friday
The list author says:
  "More erotica on forbidden topics.  This is high quality material that was ground breaking at the time in terms of women coming forward about their sexuality."
Used & New from: $0.77
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Anal Pleasure & Health: A Guide for Men and Women
18.  Anal Pleasure & Health: A Guide for Men and Women by JACK MORIN
The list author says:
  "A reputable author writing about anal sex.  This is a good guide for anyone who is curious and wants to protect their health."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance
19.  The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance by Mistress Lorelei
The list author says:
  "This is an entertaining and sexy book on female dominance.  If you are shy, but curious, you will probably really like it."
$11.85   Used & New from: $7.81
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Evolution of Human Sexuality
20.  The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Donald Symons
The list author says:
  "Great study in human sexuality.  Read my review for more details."
$47.45   Used & New from: $1.37
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut
21.  Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut by Emily White
The list author says:
  "This is a sociological study of adolescent female sexuality from the inside.  It is well done and a good read."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls)
22.  Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping (Live Girls) by Elisabeth Eaves
The list author says:
  "An inside look at the world of erotic dancing.  It is not all pretty as one would expect."
$15.50   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Tantric Sex
23.  Tantric Sex by Cassandra Lorius
The list author says:
  "While I don't think Western Tantra truly is representative as Tantra as a whole, this book is one of the better ones in this genre."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love
24.  The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love by Thomas Moore
The list author says:
  "Good book on the spiritual function of sex.  It is eloquent and examines the complexity of the human condition."
$10.59   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh
25.  Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh by David Deida
The list author says:
  "An interesting and educated perspective by a sensitve and thought provoking author.  I think the sub-title says it all."
$11.74   Used & New from: $4.43
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do about It
26.  Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do about It by Aline P. Zoldbrod
The list author says:
  "Good food for thought for most of us adults.  Fits well with the content of The Erotic Mind above."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development
27.  Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development by Theo Sandfort
The list author says:
  "A book about normal childhood curiosity, sexuality and development."
$123.50   Used & New from: $45.00
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Silent Lives: How High a Price?: For Personal Reflections and Group Discussions about Sexual Orientation
28.  Silent Lives: How High a Price?: For Personal Reflections and Group Discussions about Sexual Orientation by Sara L. Boesser
The list author says:
  "This is a popular book on sexual orientation with reflections and group discussions."
$31.95   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Sexual Orientation
29.  A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Sexual Orientation by Kage Alan
The list author says:
  "A good and humorous book about coming out.  Very insightful."
Used & New from: $35.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, Updated Edition
30.  Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, Updated Edition by Betty Fairchild
The list author says:
  "A book for individuals and families about coming out.  This is geared toward dealing with anxities, fears and the challenges involved."
$13.16   Used & New from: $0.01
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Homosexuality and Civilization
31.  Homosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton
The list author says:
  "A famous, popular and well-respected reference on homosexuality throughout history."
$17.74   Used & New from: $9.50
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
32.  The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities by Dossie Easton
The list author says:
  "A humorous, but poignant look at sexual ethics in a modern context.  See my review for more details."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits : Secrets of Sustainable Intimate Relationships
33.  Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits : Secrets of Sustainable Intimate Relationships by Deborah M. Anapol
The list author says:
  "An well-respected pro-polyamory point of view.  This is about having multiple partners within an honest framework and making it work."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Private Lies: Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy
34.  Private Lies: Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy by Frank Pittman
The list author says:
  "My hands down favorite book on infidelity and the complexities involved.  I also think it is the best navigational beacon in terms of ethical behavior."
$12.63   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

The Monogamy Myth: A Personal Handbook for Recovering from Affairs, Third Edition
35.  The Monogamy Myth: A Personal Handbook for Recovering from Affairs, Third Edition by Peggy Vaughan
The list author says:
  "A good resource for dealing with infidelity issues.  It's short and high quality."
$13.27   Used & New from: $3.74
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People
36.  The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People by David P. Barash
The list author says:
  "A look at the biological basis for arguing that we are not a monogamous specifies from a biological perspective."
$14.20   Used & New from: $1.53
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Sex and Spirit: An Illustrated Guide to Sacred Sexuality
37.  Sex and Spirit: An Illustrated Guide to Sacred Sexuality by Clifford Bishop
The list author says:
  "An excellent illustrated look at cross cultural and historical views on the nature of sex and spirit."
Used & New from: $0.31
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Women, Sex, and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power
38.  Women, Sex, and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power by Charlotte Sophia Kasl
The list author says:
  "Best book I know of for women on sexual addiction and co-dependence."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict
39.  Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict by Patrick Carnes
The list author says:
  "Good book on general dyanamics of sexual addiction.  This contains a lot of cognitive principles and covers a lot of ground."
$12.83   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Sexual Infidelity - Overcoming Your Hurt
40.  Sexual Infidelity - Overcoming Your Hurt by Patrick Goonan
The list author says:
  "My own small contribution to this area.  If you read it, please take a few minutes to review it.  I hope to write a longer book in the future within this field."
$1.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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