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Star-studded and with something for every sexual taste and curiosity.

Famous for taking her readers to undiscovered places, Susie Bright has changed the rules for writing about sex. Erotica is no longer under-the-covers reading; it's thrilling literature that showcases the best writing around.

In Best American Erotica 2006, Bright chooses stories that toy with desire in excerpts from some of the most sexually charged and fearless writing of the year. John Updike's story recalls his narrator's first love and how they began to have sex. David Sedaris takes us into his strip poker card room. Tom Perrotta portrays a bored married man whose wife busts him as he navigates his Internet swinger life. Helen Walsh's diary shows a college student in England who drifts from a promising academic career into the arms of prostitutes.

In Best American Erotica 2006, today's most popular writers add their voices to a collection for any reader — straight, gay, curious — seeking memorable sex and riveting storytelling.

Contributors:

John Updike, David Sedaris, Tom Perrotta, Steve Almond, Lynn Freed, Maxine Chernoff, Carol Queen, Helen Walsh, Stephen Elliott, Rachel Kramer Bussel,Bob Vickery, James Williams, Will Heinrich, Peggy Munson, Sera Gamble, Salome Wilde, Bianca James, Donna George Storey, Mr. Sleep, Gwen Masters, Gaea Yudron, Kweli Walker, L. Elise Bland, and Sidney Durham.

Review:

"With raunchy cable TV and porn readily available, fiction has to go deep, so to speak, in order to compete. This book doesn't always score on hotness; what it does best is push mainstream boundaries. While there are pieces from David Sedaris, John Updike and Tom Perrotta, it's the lesser-knowns who, um, go the furthest, and their inclusion shows just how far the sexual revolution has come. 'Fairgrounds' by Peggy Munson is narrated by a teen who is smitten with transvestite 'Daddy Billy,' a 'boi' whose rubber member electrifies his charge as he takes her to a carnival and pretend-pimps her to another person with a 'not-so-certain gender situation.' There are other stories with similarly 'involved' scenarios and positions on the gender and sexuality continuum — and liberatingly so. Bright, who has edited the series for more than 10 years, hosts the audible.com show In Bed; her intro notes that it was antiporn activist Andrea Dworkin who inspired her to 'question authority, to fly to a new dimension.' While this book isn't transportive all the way through, its spirit of adventure is consistent." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Some may find the surprise entry from David Sedaris too funny to be erotic, but the real shocker is Bright's decision to conclude with Steve Almond's...'The Nasty Kind Always Are.'" Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The 13th installment of The Best American Erotica series, which, with over 425,000 copies in print, is the grande dame of erotica franchises. Contributors to this volume include Tom Perrotta, David Sedaris, Lynn Freed, and John Updike. Recently called "the wunderkind of women's sexuality" by Curve and "the avatar of American erotica" by The New York Times, Susie Bright is known nationwide as the woman who brought erotica in the mainstream, without dulling its edge.

Synopsis:

Star-studded and with something for every sexual taste and curiosity

Famous for taking her readers to undiscovered places, Susie Bright has changed the rules for writing about sex. Erotica is no longer under-the-covers reading; it's thrilling literature that showcases the best writing around.

In Best American Erotica 2006, Bright chooses stories that toy with desire in excerpts from some of the most sexually charged and fearless writing of the year. John Updike's story recalls his narrator's first love and how they began to have sex. David Sedaris takes us into his strip poker card room. Tom Perrotta portrays a bored married man whose wife busts him as he navigates his Internet swinger life. Helen Walsh's diary shows a college student in England who drifts from a promis-ing academic career into the arms of prostitutes.

In Best American Erotica 2006, today's most popular writers add their voices to a collection for any reader — straight, gay, curious — seeking memorable sex and riveting storytelling.

Contributors

John Updike, David Sedaris, Tom Perrotta, Steve Almond, Lynn Freed, Maxine Chernoff, Carol Queen, Helen Walsh, Stephen Elliott, Rachel Kramer Bussel,Bob Vickery, James Williams, Will Heinrich, Peggy Munson, Sera Gamble, Salome Wilde, Bianca James, Donna George Storey, Mr. Sleep, Gwen Masters, Gaea Yudron, Kweli Walker, L. Elise Bland, and Sidney Durham

Synopsis:

Contributors to this 13th installment in the series include Tom Perrotta, David Sedaris, Lynn Freed, and John Updike. Recently called "the avatar of American erotica" by "The New York Times," Bright is known nationwide as the woman who brought erotica in the mainstream, without dulling its edge.

About the Author

Susie Bright is the editor of The Best American Erotica series and host of the weekly audio show In Bed with Susie Bright on Audible.com. She has been a columnist for Playboy and Salon, and has been profiled in USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and Vanity Fair, among other publications. An international lecturer on sexuality and feminism, she won the 2004 Writer of the Year Award at the Erotic Awards in London. Ms. Bright lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Jena, November 22, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
The Best American Erotica: 2006 didn't do much for me. I'm sorry to say that I found this collection dull. There was an amusing story called "Stalin's Mustache" that I'll probably remember for years, but the rest of them--pretty forgettable. I'm hoping that 2008 was a better year for erotica. (That's the other edition I have.)
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gracie_musica, September 12, 2006 (view all comments by gracie_musica)
This edition of 'The Best American Erotica' series is on the cutting edge of the short story genre, not just erotica. This collection of short stories is one of the finest I have come across, with such authors as John Updike and comedian David Sedaris. It ranges from both the gay and straight genres of erotica, as well as the shaky middle ground. The stories in the book are realistic in the sense that the sex is just a vehicle for other emotions the characters are feeling. A highly recommended read when you're feeling a little naughty, but not recommended for anyone with any close-minded ideas about sexual relationships.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743258524
Author:
Bright, Susie
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Erotica - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Best American Erotica
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.19 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With raunchy cable TV and porn readily available, fiction has to go deep, so to speak, in order to compete. This book doesn't always score on hotness; what it does best is push mainstream boundaries. While there are pieces from David Sedaris, John Updike and Tom Perrotta, it's the lesser-knowns who, um, go the furthest, and their inclusion shows just how far the sexual revolution has come. 'Fairgrounds' by Peggy Munson is narrated by a teen who is smitten with transvestite 'Daddy Billy,' a 'boi' whose rubber member electrifies his charge as he takes her to a carnival and pretend-pimps her to another person with a 'not-so-certain gender situation.' There are other stories with similarly 'involved' scenarios and positions on the gender and sexuality continuum — and liberatingly so. Bright, who has edited the series for more than 10 years, hosts the audible.com show In Bed; her intro notes that it was antiporn activist Andrea Dworkin who inspired her to 'question authority, to fly to a new dimension.' While this book isn't transportive all the way through, its spirit of adventure is consistent." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Some may find the surprise entry from David Sedaris too funny to be erotic, but the real shocker is Bright's decision to conclude with Steve Almond's...'The Nasty Kind Always Are.'"
"Synopsis" by , The 13th installment of The Best American Erotica series, which, with over 425,000 copies in print, is the grande dame of erotica franchises. Contributors to this volume include Tom Perrotta, David Sedaris, Lynn Freed, and John Updike. Recently called "the wunderkind of women's sexuality" by Curve and "the avatar of American erotica" by The New York Times, Susie Bright is known nationwide as the woman who brought erotica in the mainstream, without dulling its edge.
"Synopsis" by , Star-studded and with something for every sexual taste and curiosity

Famous for taking her readers to undiscovered places, Susie Bright has changed the rules for writing about sex. Erotica is no longer under-the-covers reading; it's thrilling literature that showcases the best writing around.

In Best American Erotica 2006, Bright chooses stories that toy with desire in excerpts from some of the most sexually charged and fearless writing of the year. John Updike's story recalls his narrator's first love and how they began to have sex. David Sedaris takes us into his strip poker card room. Tom Perrotta portrays a bored married man whose wife busts him as he navigates his Internet swinger life. Helen Walsh's diary shows a college student in England who drifts from a promis-ing academic career into the arms of prostitutes.

In Best American Erotica 2006, today's most popular writers add their voices to a collection for any reader — straight, gay, curious — seeking memorable sex and riveting storytelling.

Contributors

John Updike, David Sedaris, Tom Perrotta, Steve Almond, Lynn Freed, Maxine Chernoff, Carol Queen, Helen Walsh, Stephen Elliott, Rachel Kramer Bussel,Bob Vickery, James Williams, Will Heinrich, Peggy Munson, Sera Gamble, Salome Wilde, Bianca James, Donna George Storey, Mr. Sleep, Gwen Masters, Gaea Yudron, Kweli Walker, L. Elise Bland, and Sidney Durham

"Synopsis" by , Contributors to this 13th installment in the series include Tom Perrotta, David Sedaris, Lynn Freed, and John Updike. Recently called "the avatar of American erotica" by "The New York Times," Bright is known nationwide as the woman who brought erotica in the mainstream, without dulling its edge.
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