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HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEXby Alain de Botton
(Picador Original | On Sale: December 24, 2012 / January 2013)
PRAISE FOR THE SCHOOL OF LIFE SERIES
“Alain de Botton … has begun issuing a new series of books, written by himself and others, titled The School of Life. A better and more aspirational name for this series might be Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us.”
—The New York Times
“It’s nerdy-dirty”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times on How to Think More About Sex
“Even if our sexual partners don’t excite us, this writer’s piquant prose will.”
—MORE on How to Think More About Sex
“It’s like Cosmo meets Plato — finally!”—Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon on How to Think More About Sex
“Right off the bat, it’s clear [Perry’s] intention is not to transform the clinically crazy into functioning members of society; rather this brief book is aimed at everyday folks struggling to ‘remain stable and yet flexible, coherent and yet able to embrace complexity.’ … her inviting tone (complimented by lighthearted illustrations throughout) and friendly prose make this an accessible addition to the School of Life publications.”—Publishers Weekly on How to Stay Sane
“Using stories from her therapy practice to illustrate her points as well as numerous exercises to conduct alone, with a loved one or within a group, Perry brings new light to a well-visited subject.”—Kirkus on How to Stay Sane
HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEX (Picador Original / January 2013 / 978-1-250-03065-8 / $16.00 / 208 pages) by Alain de Botton is a frank appraisal of how sex is had—or not had—among people in the 21st century.
In HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEX, de Botton argues that there is a dissonance between what we think is normal and what we experience in real life concerning sex and our sexual lives. Sometimes we don’t feel what we think we’re supposed to feel. This book examines the implications of desire, lust, commitment and love, claiming that these things are all a precarious balancing act. De Botton honestly assesses the confusion of having sex in the modern age, including such subjects as fetishes, pornography, and threesomes. This smart, thought-provoking investigation offers readers both insight and comfort into the sex that they are—or are not—having.
ALAIN DE BOTTON is the best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work and, most recently, Religion for Atheists, among other works of fiction and essays. He is well-known for making complex philosophical and artistic subjects accessible for a wider audience. De Botton founded The School of Life, a series of lectures in London that aim to make academic learning applicable to real life. With the success of the school, this concept has been adapted into the School of Life book series. De Botton lives and works in London. You can follow Alain on Twitter at @alaindebotton. Photo credit: de Botton / Vincent Starr