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River 04-28-2009 10:56 PM

Polyamory Books, Magazines, Websites
This topic/thread is for posting book review links, magazine article links, essay links, website links, and the like -- and for discussing reading material.

Here's a book review:

Opening Up: Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships
By Tristan Taormino

yoxi 04-30-2009 03:32 PM

I'm waiting for the arrival of Polyamory: Roadmaps For The Clueless And Hopeful by Anthony D. Ravenscroft, will let you know what I think once I've read it.

River 04-30-2009 03:43 PM

Yes. Please do. I'd also like to read that one.

Lemondrop 04-30-2009 04:07 PM

I just ordered Pagan Polyamory: Becoming a Tribe of Hearts by Raven Kaldera. It got a good review on Amazon, and I liked the way the first pages sounded.

ETA: I'm finding this book very insightful and informative. From the standpoint of a person just coming to accept polyamory, it has definitely explained many things to me in a way that helped me understand better. I enjoy that it has a section on polyamorous parenting. My one complaint is that I wish it would go into more depth on many of the issues; some of the chapters felt rushed, or would have benefitted from relating more examples. While I think that it could certainly be used by non-Pagans, it is most relevant to Pagans and may not be comfortable for someone unfamiliar with Pagan beliefs. There are spells included at the end of most chapters, and there is an appendix at the end of the book with instructions for astrology and tarot layouts relating to polyamory.

yoxi 05-03-2009 05:25 PM

Intimacy and Solitude by Stephanie Dowrick is not a book about polyamory, but I'd recommend anyone to read it. Stephanie's premise is that our happiness depends on a healthy balaance of intimacy and solitude (that is, being happy to be intimate with others, being happy to be intimate with ourselves), but that for reasons of fear etc. we often tend to settle for attachment and isolation instead, as poor subtitutes that we believe will keep us safe.

This book has certainley helped me in considering why I want to be in the relationships I want to be in, and why I want to be on my own :).

River 05-03-2009 06:44 PM

It seems to me that any bit of knowledge, skill, or awareness that helps us have better and healthier relationships, whether with ourselves or with others, will be useful to anyone wanting to practice an -amory, whether it be a monoamory or a polyamory. So that book does sound apt, Yoxi. I went looking for it at my public library, and sadly it wasn't there. Maybe I'll put in a recommendation at the library, which usually does honor such requests. (I need to excercise restraint about buying more books these days. I have hundreds of them!--many awaiting attention.)

I'd be happy to hear from you more about the book, as I find the basic premise fascinating.

nikkiana 05-04-2009 01:24 AM

I just finished up Tristan Taormino's Opening Up and I'd definately recommend it. I wouldn't say it focuses specifically on polyamory but is more of an overview of several different varieties of nonmongamy.

I read The Ethical Slut by by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt as well, it's also mostly a nonmongamy overview that touches on various different varieties, but I didn't find it to be as in depth as Opening Up was.... However, I did find it to be a much more relaxed, faster read.

River 05-05-2009 02:01 PM

A Review of Sacred Pleasure by Riane Eisler
By Spring Cascade and Zhahai Stewart
Originally published in Loving More #13 in 1998

River 05-05-2009 02:09 PM

What is Commitment?
A polyamorous perspective on love, sex, and relationships
By Cascade Spring Cook

nikkiana 05-05-2009 02:37 PM

Polyamory Weekly - podcast:

Opensexual - group blog with some poly related content.

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