It’s happening. That yearly blast of heat and humidity that heralds the beginning of the summer season. It’s BBQ weather, sitting on the patio with a beer weather. It’s reading a great book on the beach or, you know, inside, with the A/C running. It’s also a time to try new things, to step out of your comfort zone and maybe try a new genre.
And maybe, just maybe, it’s time to get … steamy.
Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices
By Leon Rooke and Tony Calzetta
This one is numero uno on my “hot reads of summer” list. Sensuous muses, flustered housewives caught in the act, randy campers and a lecherous God figure … what more could be needed for a bawdy, lustful, hilarious, not-to-be-missed collection?
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By Nicole Dixon
This award-winning collection of short stories puts the ‘steam’ in steamy reads! Tune in for a frank consideration of the emotional—and physical—aspects of relationships of all kinds.
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Passions abound in Laurie Lewis’s memoir of life, love and longing. The book begins with a whirlwind romance that plays out among the bright lights of New York’s jazz scene. But heady nights of celebration and music can only last for so long before real life intrudes.
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By Jan Zwicky and Robert Moody
The passion in these verses is as undeniable as it is startling, particularly juxtaposed with the cool, crisp photographs depicting the sculptures that adorn the basicilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. These ardent English “versions” of original Italian texts are not what one might expect out of a Renaissance woman!
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Back + Forth
By Marta Chudolinska
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Marta Chudolinska tackles the challenges of youthful relationship and of finding one’s place. In a visual narrative made up of a series of wood engravings, Chudolinska writes lust, love, pain, regret, alienation into the faces of her characters.
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