A captivating collection of essays, Desire delves headfirst into its subject matter and explores the complexity of desire with essays about the things women want, crave, lust after, and covet. An extraordinary group of writers tackle difficult and taboo subjects, from Debra Magpie Earling’s desire to hurt someone, to New York Times writer S. S. Fair’s less than diminishing sensual and sexual desire, despite her increasing age, to Julia Serano’s strong emotional impulse to be a woman before she decided to transition from male to female.
Many of these essayists examine the feelings and experiences which surround the things they want but can’tor shouldn’thave. The reasons such desires are taboo are often personal and range from social conventions and religious teachings to more concrete laws and rules. Desire makes the private public and illuminates the rich and varied desires women have. read more
Twenty-three authors write openly from their hearts about their innermost feelings, thoughts and desires, in a variety that spans the highs and lows of life across a breadth of possible life-styles along the journey between birth and death. Twenty three different superlatives would be required to adequately describe the entire collection. One essay has the very best narrative writing I have seen in a long time; another the most lyrical evocation of love for an infant that I have read; yet another the quandaries of finding Lesbian love, and so on. Overall this is by far the most revealing book of very few that I have seen on the topic. The essays reveal twenty-three different dimensions of the meaning of humanity itself.read more
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