The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys Into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing

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Jacob is a man with an overwhelming attraction to female feet. The Baroness is a clothing designer and evangelical sadist. Roy is a wedding band singer entranced by his step daughter. Ron and Laura are simply in love - only Laura lost both her legs in a car accident, and Ron is beguiled by a beauty many would be blind to.

How do we deal with desire? Our own, and the desires of others? How do we comprehend desires that are extreme, or unacceptable? And how do those who have them, live with them?

In A Map of Desire Daniel Bergner takes us on a journey into human passion suffered, endured, and celebrated. Desire is a sometimes anarchic, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes destructive, sometimes redeeming, and always powerful force.Immersing himself in it through the people whose lives he follows and the scientists he spends time with who are trying to understand it, slowly he exposes and illuminates layers of our humanity.

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'Bergner does what science cannot: He illuminates peculiar longings. His method is at first descriptive and finally poetic. Given the limitations of science, resonant journalism may be the best way to approach paraphilia, and Bergner's book has a musical quality' -- Slate

'Bergner is a keen storyteller but above all a humane one, and in his hands, these characters do not seem like freaks
so much as shadows of ourselves.' -- Salon

'Sensationalism would be cheap and easy. Bergner instead extends his characters generosity, seeking explanations rather than casting judgment. His is a meaningful reflection on desire, a need shared by nearly all' -- Time Out, New York

'The portraits are serious and even sympathetic, and their cumulative effect is to make readers realize that they understand a lot less about sex than they thought' -- New York Times

'Unsettling but riveting ... Bergner's gift as a writer is his ability to combine the storytelling of a talented novelist with the jounralist's skill at standing back and letting his subjects speak for themselves - and to do so with compassion and curiosity rather than judgment'
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'Unsettling but riveting ... Bergner's gift as a writer is his ability to combine the storytelling of a talented novelist with the jounralist's skill at standing back and letting his subjects speak for themselves - and to do so with compassion and curiosity rather than judgment'

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