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Book Review: Genderqueer and Other Gender Identities

I am going through my library looking for areas in need of some attention. I realized I had no titles on the topic of gender fluidity or genderqueer identities. I had to do something! So I bought books, of course. Including this one.
Genderqueer and Other Gender Identities is a photography book by Dave Naz. The book was published in 2014 by Rare Bird Books.
The book is 128 pages of full page color photography. The portraits are shot on a grey background where the features, fashions, and essence of the figures seize the spotlight. Most of the photos feature people who are fully clothed though some portraits feature people in various stages of undress and a few fully nude figures.
The author offers an introduction explaining some of the nuances of the project, including the decision on how to title the book.
There are also six personal essays throughout the book that dissect individual gender identity and journeys in gender fluidity.
I find this book very informative. The photography has a…

Book Review: Mating in Captivity, Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

“Mating in Captivity Unlocking Erotic Intelligence” by Esther Perel is one of the best relationship books I have read so far in my venture as The Unlaced Librarian. I love this book. The prose is easy to read, with a humor and straightforward narrative that is never insulting. The information is very practical and the scenarios dissected within the pages can be applied to so many different types of relationships.
The book is focused on people in long term sexual relationships and seeks to unravel the conflicts that arise in sustaining erotic feelings over years and decades. Perel is a couples and family therapist and she uses a wide range of couples and situations to illustrate her points. She writes about both heterosexual and same-sex couples and the language is very inclusive.
This is not a new book (my paperback copy was published by Harper in 2007) but the information in the book is still cutting edge. The author confronts some alarming realities of sexual relationships: The vario…