Book Review: Best Sex Writing of the Year: Edited by Jon Pressick 9

Best Sex Writing of the year, Edited by Jon PressickI was excited to read this book as I’m not unfamiliar with the work of the editor of these tales of sex, Jon Pressick.  I love Jon’s work and I had high hopes as I settled down to read this collection one stormy New England weekend.

I wasn’t disappointed and quickly became engrossed in the words that leapt off the page and into my head. I love books that make me think, that challenge the way I think about something that I think I may know something about and this collection certainly did that and a whole lot more.


There was however one short piece that made my heart skip a little and that words have haunted me for the last couple of weeks, and that to me is a powerful piece of writing. The piece I’m referring to is penned by Joan Price, who if you are unfamiliar with her work, is the champion of elder sex, and I mean that quite literally. This piece was not really about sex per say though, it was about the connections we make with the people we love. The piece is simply entitled: Sharing Body Heat. The words on the page took me on an emotional journey and one that I won’t soon forget. It’s only three and a half pages long, but it’s hauntingly brilliant in it’s execution. It details the last moments that Joan spent with her Husband after he passed away. Even writing this review, thinking about this piece makes me heartache a little and goosebumps appear on arms. To say this was an intimate piece, seems to me, to be an understatement.

Of course there is much more to this book than one persons story, I just felt compelled to write about something that had such a profound effect on me as the reader.  This book is as diverse and the writing as unique as editor, Jon Pressick, is as a person, and will take you though the wonderful and often confusing world that makes up what we call human sexuality.

There is no stone that goes unturned, no subject to radical or diverse that can’t and basically isn’t covered in the 214 pages that make up this book. Subjects such as the fisting, what should we call sex toys, and disability and sex are just a few of the topics that are covered.

Just be warned that this is a book that will likely make you throw everything you think you know about sex and chuck it out the window. It’s thought provoking and  in some cases an emotional read  and I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

You can purchase your own copy from Cleis Press HERE or from Amazon by clicking HERE.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Best Sex Writing of the Year: Edited by Jon Pressick

  1. Reply Joan Price Apr 23,2015 11:15 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your response to “Sharing Body Heat.” It was a powerful essay to write, and I’m moved that you found it meaningful. I’m grateful that you chose that essay to write about in your review. Thank you again.

  2. Reply Mary Q. Contrary Apr 28,2015 1:40 am

    I want to win this because, I’m ashamed to admit, I haven’t bought it yet.

  3. Reply Kate Apr 29,2015 4:51 am

    Sounds like a great intriguing book.

  4. Reply Joyce Clark (@sparkle8) Apr 29,2015 10:57 am

    I would love to win this book because i really would like to own a book of the best stories in erotica. It is such a turn on to read sexy stories!

  5. Reply Celeste May 1,2015 10:43 am

    I don’t own any books like this, though I’m an avid reader, I’d love to win this.

  6. Reply Vinny May 3,2015 6:46 pm

    I’ll have to thumb my way through this book soon … thanks!

  7. Reply Bernie W May 6,2015 7:00 pm

    I would love to win this book because I would like to give it as a gift to a friend of mine. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  8. Reply dv8 May 6,2015 9:01 pm

    I’d like to win simply because dirty books are fun.

  9. Reply Pornfan991 May 13,2015 7:37 pm

    Sounds like a great read.

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