Loved 50 Shades? Try These Sexy Reads Next

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Did you just tear through the Fifty Shades of Grey series like it was, well, eye candy? Sex counselor Ian Kerner, Ph.D. recommends six books that will get you and your partner all hot and bothered. From The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book, by Lisa Rinna and Kerner.

I can’t believe how few couples read erotica together. That was a big part of my courtship with my wife, Lisa. Once upon a time, back before we had kids, our life revolved around sex—and that including reading erotica aloud to each other. Sounds quaint in our age of porn, but erotica is great because, in the spirit of reading and not just watching, it really gets the imagination going and the neurons firing. So I’d like to make a plea for a return to erotica. Some of my old favorites include:

A. The Story of O, by Pauline Réage
B. Emmanuelle, by Emmanuelle Arsan
C. Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin
D. A Sport and a Pastime, by James Salter
E. The White Hotel, by D. M. Thomas
F. Quiet Days in Clichy, by Henry Miller

On the contemporary front, I love the anthologies that are published by Cleis Press and edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.

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David B. Agus, MD, author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The End of Illness and A Short Guide to a Long Life, is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers, and is a CBS News contributor. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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