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Block Book Features: “When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends”

15 Aug , 2017  

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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends

“When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior. The epicenter of all this creativity, as well as of the era’s good times, was Montparnasse, where impoverished artists and writers found colleagues and cafés, and tourists discovered the Paris of their dreams. Major figures on the Paris scene—such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust—continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence—including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as André Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse. Paris of the 1920s unquestionably sizzled. Yet rather than being a decade of unmitigated bliss, les Années folles also saw an undercurrent of despair as well as the rise of ruthless organizations of the extreme right, aimed at annihilating whatever threatened tradition and order—a struggle that would escalate in the years ahead. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this vibrant era to life.”

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From Mae to Madonna: Women Entertainers in Twentieth-Century America

9 Aug , 2017  

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From Mae to Madonna: Women Entertainers in Twentieth-Century America

“Entertainers were the first group of successful women to capture the public eye, taking to the stage in vaudeville and film and redefining their place in society. June Sochen introduces the white, African American, and Latina women who danced on Broadway, fell on bananas in silent films, and wisecracked in smoky clubs, as well as the modern icons of today’s movies and popular music…”

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Block Book Features: If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission

2 Aug , 2017  

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If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission

“In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes,” writes Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. “And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns…”

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Block Book Features: Succulent SexCraft: Your Hands-On Guide to Erotic Play and Practice

26 Jul , 2017  

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Succulent SexCraft: Your Hands-On Guide to Erotic Play and Practice

“Do you dream of having spectacular sex? Can you imagine becoming an erotic virtuoso? Now it’s possible with the help of Sheri Winston’s groundbreaking new book!

Visionary yet practical, Succulent SexCraft offers a detailed road map to supercharging your erotic life and becoming sexually whole and empowered. With its wealth of ideas, practices and games, you’ll be able to access extraordinary pleasure, overcome challenges and learn to play masterfully with your inner ‘sexcraft’ toolkit. It’s your personal guide to developing a healthy, celebratory and ecstatic relationship with your sexuality. We all have everything we need to have amazing sex. It’s right inside us. Few people know how to use these ‘sexcraft’ tools to their best advantage, though. It’s not something we get taught in school, right? Nor is it something we usually learn from our partners. With Succulent SexCraft, you’ll get this specialized knowledge laid out in a clear and entertaining manner, along with lots of suggestions for sexy fun, illuminating ‘playshops’ and super-useful practices. Whatever level your sex life is at, no matter how happy (or unhappy) you are with it, Succulent SexCraft will help you take it higher. Best of all, it’s written for everyone, singles and partners. Whatever your orientation or relationship status—no partner, one partner or lots of them—Succulent SexCraft will enable you to ramp up your sex life to extraordinary levels. This isn’t one of those books ‘for dummies’—this is sex for smarties! Drawing from sacred sexuality traditions, modern sexology, holistic perspectives and a deep understanding of our wondrous anatomy, Succulent SexCraft offers a rich banquet of sexy games, fun activities and invaluable information. Plus, it’s lavishly illustrated with contemporary and vintage erotic art. Succulent SexCraft is a holistic, integral feast that will satisfy every part of you—heart, mind, body and spirit. Here are a few of the many maps and models the book offers:
      • Wholistic Sexuality Paradigm
      • The SexCraft Toolkit for Transformation, using your Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit
      • The Whole Yin Yang Thang
      • The Pussies and Puppies School of Love
      • Your Genitals in a Nutshell
      • Genital Joy for All
A sampling of the many games and practices includes:
      • Guided Anatomy Tours
      • Pelvic Breathing
      • Fire Breath Orgasm
      • Re-writing Your Sexual Stories
      • Energy Sex Skills
      • The Magic Inner Movie
      • Getting In Touch
      • Yin Breath, Yang Breath
      • Ocean Breath
      • Playing with Erotic Energy Pathways
      • and many more.
Sheri’s last book, Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure won the coveted Book of the Year award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Succulent SexCraft is a worthy successor. It’s the gift that keeps on giving—a lifetime of ecstasy. With Succulent SexCraft, you get everything you need to turn up your turn-on and connect to your sexual power.”

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Block Book Features: Penthouse Variations on Quickies

19 Jul , 2017  

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Penthouse Variations on Quickies

“Penthouse Variations on Quickies showcases the intense pleasures of quick sexual encounters. From five-minute frolics and almost fully-clothed romps to the passionate necessity of fast love to avoid unseemly situations, these stories of quick (but not lacking) sex from the salacious minds of Penthouse Variations magazine will leave you panting and ready for a quick tryst of your own.”

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Block Books: Sex by Design: The Betty Dodson Story

1 May , 2017  

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Sex by Design: The Betty Dodson Story

“Penthouse Variations on Quickies showcases the intense pleasures of quick sexual encounters. From five-minute frolics and almost fully-clothed romps to the passionate necessity of fast love to avoid unseemly situations, these stories of quick (but not lacking) sex from the salacious minds of Penthouse Variations magazine will leave you panting and ready for a quick tryst of your own.”

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Recommended Reading: Classic Sex Positions Reinvented by Moushumi Ghose

9 May , 2016  

Moushumi Ghose is a musician, and writer…[She] writes for various webzines on the topics of sexuality, intimacy, and relationships.” In her book Classic Sex Positions Reinvented she provides pix and techniques for mutually pleasurable sex. | Also seen on the Dr. Susan Block Show.  Classic-Sex-Positions-Reinvented

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