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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157344720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573447201
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, and sex educator.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely amazing. Beautifully breathtaking. Compellingly creative. Deliciously diverse. Oct. 18 2011
By Bending the Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
On a list of my top 10 reads for the year, Tristan is looking down upon her peers from a very high perch indeed!

As she states in her introduction, this is a collection of "erotica by, for and about transfolk, FTMs, MTFs, genderqueers, gender outlaws, as well as two-spirit, intersex, and gender-variant people." Almost immediately, you notice these are stories where gender (in all its forms) is almost taken for granted, without the `surprise confession' or `shocking reveal' common to mainstream erotica/porn, and without the arbitrary focus on simply passing or being acknowledged. This is a collection where trans lovers can feel intimately and comfortably at home amidst stories of being treasured, loved, desired, and adored.

Considering the wide variety of authors, genders, and subjects explored, I'm pleased to say there's not a single story here that didn't, on some level, resonate with me. Indeed, they are all wonderful, but there were certainly some stand-outs that I must call attention to: "The Therapist and the Whore" by Giselle Renarde, "Shoes Are Meant to Get You Somewhere" by Dean Scarborough, "Taking the Toll" by Kiki DeLovely, "Dixie Belle" by Kate Bornstein, "The Visible Woman" by Rachel K. Zall, "Canadian Slim" by Shawna Virago, "Self-Reflection" by Tobi Hill-Meyer, and "Face Pack" by Penelope Mansfield.

Not only are the stories contained here erotic, imaginative, and exciting, but they are also beautifully written. As Tristan asks in her introduction, "our language is severely limited when it comes to describing the bodies of transpeople," and there is a significant challenge in writing stories that are both erotic and respectful. Fortunately, the authors here have the words to do so, and the talent to use those words well.

Take Me There indeed! I just hope, somewhere down the line, Tristan chooses to take us there again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As always, Miss Tristan delivers the heat! Oct. 14 2011
By TheMimiSays - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Yet another great collection from Tristan Taormino. She is skilled at seeking out and putting together a series of stories that have their own point of view, there own sexy take on things, but that all work together to build up to a, well, climactic reading experience.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hot!!!! Oct. 24 2011
By AaronR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is HOT!!! I loved reading a book of erotica about people with bodies like mine. I am a bisexual trans man. I loved Pat Califia's story about a bear & a trans man coming together and other stories, too. As a trans man, I have my own language to describe my body & I loved reading what other people call their bodies. Many of the stories are very well written & cover a broad spectrum of the trans & genderqueer people.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Book Jan. 19 2012
By Ainan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't read too much erotica I must be honest, most of it just seems too "gender-normative" for my tastes. But I do consider myself "unlabeled" I guess I would say, and this book is nice!

This book is pretty stellar, in scope, topics, and um... erotic tales. I'm not sure why I decided on 4 stars, but it just didn't seem to spark enough out of me for 5. I did like the book, and found it incredibly well written, but for me I guess I was hoping it would push the gender envelope a little more. I think what it was, was that I found some of the pieces from some authors to be exquisite, while some of the others to be merely "okay." But I guess there's something in there for everyone so that's a good thing.

I guess I was also kind of disappointed that there was alot of talk about dildos and penetration and in some (not all stories of course) the focus seemed to be on "passing" or at least semi-subscribing to gender norms in order to have hot sex. If that's you, that's awesome, but it doesn't resonate with me as much. Don't get me wrong, I'm far from a prude or sensitive about sexual writings, but I do feel like some of the stories needed a bit more to them to really push gender to the next level and make gender non-conformity a bit sexier. This is just my personal opinion. But I really did like the book, and for me it's a step in the right direction and was quite hot indeed. So I do recommend you read it : )
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A GREAT addition to the genre and your own bookshelf! Dec 12 2011
By David L. Houston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've loved Tristan Taormino's work for a while now, and was thrilled to see this volume appear. I was chafing at the bit to get the e-Version earlier this year (which wasn't quite ready when I was), so much so that, at a recent conference, when I saw the paper copy, I got it on the spot. That was a HAPPY decision.

What's wonderful about this collection is that the stories don't start from the place you might expect: the well-worn tropes of "trans"whatever are absent here. Indeed, the standout part of these stories is precisely that seductive element of surprise. You enter the book knowing full well that it is about trans and genderqueer erotics, but each story delivers a tale that not only excites, but walks past the conventional, and pulls back a curtain on sex that lets you, the reader, appreciate it as an erotic encounter. Bodies, genders and identities both matter and don't matter here. They matter, of course, because this particular sociosexual category has had to (and must continue to) fight for recognition amidst a sea of prejudice and sometimes hate. They don't matter in that sex as an act is one of pleasure and sharing, a body and mind process that unites individuals in a fundamental way. Sex is, as Dr. Gloria Brame has noted, an integral part of us. Why not simply let go, opening up to the wonder of the connection? In 'Take Me There', you can.

Take Me There is a wonderful (and very hot) addition to a well-stocked book collection. Highly recommended.


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