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X: The Erotic Treasury    edited by Susie Bright order for
by Susie Bright
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Chronicle, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

Have you ever owned a book that was such a pleasure to hold, you didn't want to put it down? If you haven't, you owe it to yourself to pick up X: The Erotic Treasury, for that reason alone. Every inch of this book is pure luxury. From the provocative cutout slipcover to the textured velvet hardcover casing, this heavy, 400-page tome is a booklover's delight.

But the real treasure lies between the pages. Inside are 40 titillating stories, each more thrilling than the last. Many of the stories are original, while others are reprinted from Susie Bright's Best American Erotica series. Each tale is unique, and extremely well written. And while fans of erotic literature will be familiar with many authors' names (like Carol Queen and Robert Olen Butler), newer talents are featured as well.

The 40 tales found in X: The Erotic Treasury will never be mistaken for the stuff that appears in your typical Penthouse issue. These are true literary works with raw sexual themes, and they're written with more than titillation in mind. The authors are experts at describing longing, desire and intimacy in ways that will resonate with every reader.

These stories are meant to be shared, read aloud and savored again and again. If you're looking for an intimate gift to share with the person closest to you, look no further than Bright's most recent contribution to erotic literature.

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