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In the Garden of Desire: The Intimate World of Women's Sexual Fantasies

Maltz, Wendy; Boss, Suzie

Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Broadway Books, 1997
ISBN 10: 0553067702 / ISBN 13: 9780553067705
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Title: In the Garden of Desire: The Intimate World ...

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Broadway Books

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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A near fine copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ. 1st edition/1st printing. Signed by both authors on title page (signature only); Light crimping to spine ends of book; 8vo., 284 pages. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 22990

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Synopsis: In this groundbreaking book, Wendy Maltz, a leading expert on women's sexuality, and journalist Suzie Boss guide us through the fascinating world of women's sexual fantasies, expanding the boundaries of what we know about female desire.   In the Garden of Desire reveals how sexual fantasies, much like dreams, can be seen as gateways to our inner selves.  Drawing on insights from sexuality experts, workshop participants, and interviews with more than one hundred women who share their own deliciously original, sensuous, and provocative erotic stories, the authors inspire each of us to take a closer look at our own sexual imaginations and the roles fantasies play in ou lives.

In the Garden of Desire takes women on a journey of passion, pleasure, and self-discovery as it:

* Describes women's most common fantasy roles and the powerful yet little understood sensory styles of lovemaking women find most arousing.

* Illuminates the diverse functions of sexual fantasies in women's lives, from stimulating orgasm to improving one's self-image.

* Helps women to discover their own sexual styles and to evaluate the pros and cons of how particular fantasies operate in their lives.

* Offers straightforward advice for when and how to talk about fantasies with one's lover.

An unprecedented guide to using the power of the imagination to heighten sexual expression, this intimate exploration will enable every woman to choose her
fantasy life more fully, freely, and deliberately, for her own personal pleasure and lasting satisfaction.

Enter the fascinating and uncharted territory of women's sexual fantasies:

* Our Most Private Thoughts  
* Describing Our Fantasy Style  
* Where Sexual Fantasies Come From  
* How Fantasies Help Us  
* Recognizing Fantasy Traps  
* Deep Discoveries
* Guided Explorations  
* Healing and Changing Unwanted Fantasies  
* Sharing Fantasies with Lovers  
* Creating Favorite Fantasies

Review: Popular books on women's sexual fantasies tend to deliver soft core thrills and tips for a more fulfilling sex life, but disappoint readers hoping for outrageous abandon. Though well-crafted and often erotically charged, In the Garden of Desire is no exception, although it does offer insight into how fantasies evolve and how our sexuality is shaped by early experiences, whether pleasurable, disapproving, or abusive. It reminds us, too, that sex is, like humor, a matter of personal taste. Elaborate scenarios that electrify some of us--from sex-play with a true-hearted, sure-handed lover to nipple clamps--leave others shrugging.

Sex therapist Wendy Maltz and journalist Suzie Boss commendably avoid reducing fantasies to typically simplistic categories, noting that this strips them of the very plot build-up and sensuality that turn many women on. The authors are sanguine about disturbing or violent desires, merely commenting that "fantasies work best for us when they feel optional." To that end, they suggest ways to rewrite unpleasantly obsessive or personally oppressive scripts without completely extinguishing their fire. --Francesca Coltrera

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