The Books That Taught Us About Sex

A comprehensive list from the Persephone Magazine Staff.

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Book Review: The History of the Kiss! by Marcel Danesi

Part of the series Semiotics and Popular Culture, The History of the Kiss! focuses on the romantic kiss and its role in the advent of a truly “popular” culture. It’s aimed at students of cultural studies, but all it takes to enjoy this is a minimum of interest in social history and pop culture. Read More Book Review: The History of the Kiss! by Marcel Danesi

Book Review: While You’re Away, Part 1

There’s been a lot of buzz in the past year or so about the “new adult” genre. Seems like it’s still finding its legs. From what I can gather, the characters are a little older than those in young adult. There’s often some sort of college setting. Definitely more sex. Read More Book Review: While You’re Away, Part 1

Lunchtime Poll: Romantic Blunders

One of the biggest flubs of my life will forever be displayed proudly on my equivalent of our mantle. For my two year anniversary, I had put together a booklet of wedding photos, poems and quotes to commemorate our whirlwind elopement. I was very careful to remember the date, displayed for all to see smack dab in the middle of the cover. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Romantic Blunders

Is It Romance That We Seek?

Q. I’m happily engaged to a wonderful man. But lately I just haven’t been feeling the romance, which I enjoy and miss. I think I’m pretty realistic in my expectations, and I know that all relationships go through lulls, so I’m not worried about us as a couple. I just feel the need for a bit more right now. Rather than ask him to amp it up, which puts a lot of pressure out of nowhere onto him, I want to look for romantic things I can do (which I am hoping will inspire him to put some effort of his own into it!). But, to be honest, I’m having trouble coming up with new romantic gestures that aren’t just gender-normative clichés (“Cook your man a steak, and then eat it with him in your sexiest lingerie!” Been there, done that, paid the dry-cleaning bill). Read More Is It Romance That We Seek?

Smart and Sexy Romance: Elizabeth Hoyt Interview and Book Giveaway!

Guys. Guys. Guess what?! Last month, I got to have lunch with my very favorite romance writer!

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Ask a Librarian: 4/18/13

Spring always gets me in the mood for romance, but I often have a hard time finding romantic novels that feel smart, funny, and well-plotted. (I’m bored to death with Janet Evanovich’s series, and Sophie Kinsella’s books make me cringe.) I like some of Jennifer Crusie’s novels (Faking It, Agnes and the Hitman), most of Elizabeth Peters’ books, and paranormal novels with romance and humor mixed in (like Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series). Any ideas? Read More Ask a Librarian: 4/18/13