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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214

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How to Think More About Sex (School of Life) by Alain de Botton
How to Think More About Sex (School of Life)

QuemDixereChaos, January 30, 2013

While reading this book, I found myself asking more questions about what role sex plays in human life, a subject which I've looked over before either because I believed that other parts of intimate relationships were more important or because I assumed that sex is merely the product of irrational desire. Botton does, in fact, introduce the evolutionary hypothesis - that sex fulfills the purpose of continuing and improving the species - but reveals that this does not explain why we may be interested in certain healthy individuals over others (who are equally healthy). He undertakes the task of explaining aesthetics as an integral part of the process of finding a mate, and explores the phenomena of fetishes and roleplaying, which are tricky to understand.

This may be listed in the self-help section, but keep in mind that it is also a work of philosophy. Like all works, it doesn't give you a particular 'guide' on how to deal with issues involving sex, but it gives very good explanations on why people behave certain ways when confronted the subject.
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