Sex that Works: An In­ti­mate Guide to Awak­en­ing Your Erotic Life

Wendy Str­gar

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Sounds True Soft­cover $16.95 (224pp) 978-1-62203-889-3 Str­gar’s book of­fers the tools to feed and grow in sex­ual cu­rios­ity.

For many peo­ple, sex isn’t self-ex­plana­tory. Au­thor and re­la­tion­ship ex­pert Wendy Str­gar ex­plores the many ways women can re­con­nect with their sex­u­al­ity, pas­sion, and part­ners, in her self-help guide, Sex That Works: An In­ti­mate Guide to Awak­en­ing Your Erotic Life. In­cor­po­rat­ing sto­ries, skill-build­ing ex­er­cises, and her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences as a wife, lover, and mother, Str­gar’s book is re­lat­able and hon­est.

Str­gar’s premise is sim­ple: sex is best when we’re con­nected to our deep­est, most au­then­tic selves. But in a world with so many dis­trac­tions, it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and what we want. Hu­man sex­u­al­ity is bom­barded with mes­sages, mar­ket­ing, and images that can be con­fus­ing—whether it’s pornog­ra­phy that shows sex acts that aren’t re­al­is­tic or plea­sur­able, or dat­ing apps that make courtship rit­u­als and in­ti­macy build­ing a thing of the past.

Str­gar of­fers a road map back to good sex. She di­vides Sex That Works into nine chap­ters, each ad­dress­ing a dif­fer­ent as­pect of in­ti­macy. She be­lieves we must de­fine our own per­sonal “nor­mal” when it comes to sex. “Build­ing a work­ing vo­cab­u­lary for your most in­ti­mate phys­i­ol­ogy is foun­da­tional to de­vel­op­ing the ca­pac­ity to ex­press what feels good when, how, and where,” she says. “Let your body’s wis­dom lead you into a lan­guage of touch.”

Str­gar draws from her ex­pe­ri­ence in her thirty-year mar­riage, as well as twelve years of writ­ing about love, sex­ual health, and cel­e­brat­ing sex­u­al­ity. She em­pha­sizes that good sex isn’t pre­scrip­tive: it’s a jour­ney, to be un­der­taken with hu­mor and joy.

Sex That Works speaks mostly to het­ero­sex­ual, fe­male, cis­gen­dered women in long-term

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