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Making Love: An Erotic Odyssey Paperback – September 1, 1993
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Rhodes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who isn't afraid to share his private sexual life with us--not to brag, but to say it's okay to look at the truth, and it's something many of us should do. It's okay to look candidly at past experiences and to be honest about our needs and wants, from masturbation and oral sex to finding a life-partner with whom we can grow sexually. Yes, there are details, but a non-fiction book like this demands the details--we need to know what Rhodes experienced, and how it affected him and those with whom he shared intimacy.
Rhodes' vividly told journey of self-discovery provides a pathway, showing us by example how to look at our own intimate lives and histories. Through Rhodes' own experience, we also begin to see that sex and intimacy are part of our own truth; our own identity. Every touch affects us, and leads us further along a path toward understanding, fulfillment, and deeper intimacy.
At the end of Rhodes' journey, we are left asking what our own sex lives say about us, what we want and don't want, what we've been through, and what we wish to discover. I recommend that both men and women take a little time to read this book (it's a riveting, quick read) as it could change your relationships, your choices, and your self-understanding. Highly worthwhile.
In the hands of a less-skilled writer, this book could have become silly or creepy. Rhodes, though, doesn't shy away from observations that put his most intimate experiences under a microscope. This is not a gossipy book; it's a sincere exploration of sensuality.
His first sexual encounter, masturbation, issues of sexual identity: it is all here. Rhodes doesn't exploit these subjects, and he doesn't offer them for the reader's approval. Instead, he describes his sexual history in the context of his life, which has had its ups and downs. It's a pretty brave book.
The most shocking part, to me, was not what he did sexually, but the fact that his daughter commented on it, which means she has read it! Well, I guess she is under no illusions that her parents were Rob & Laura Petrie!
I'd like to see a book of this calibre told from a woman's perspective.