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Episode 023 - Non-Fiction Romance, Relationships, and Dating

By Book Club for Masochists

This episode we tackle (and get distracted repeatedly from) the genre of Non-Fiction Romance, Relationships, and Dating books. We discuss what’s it like reading a book about dating when you’re in a committed relationship, the difficulties of finding books about alternative relationships, and whether or not we’d date people who hate reading. Plus! A rant about the lack of diversity in the publishing industry.  Welcome to all of our new listeners from Bustle! In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup Recommended Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single by Sara Eckel Other Books She's Just Not That Into You: The Fab Femme's Guide to Queer Love and Dating by Aryka Randall Love's Refraction: Jealousy and Compersion in Queer Women's Polyamorous Relationships by Jillian Deri If Someone Says "You Complete Me," Run!: Whoopi's Big Book of Relationships by Whoopi Goldberg The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love by Ty Tashiro Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray by Helen Fisher Why Him? Why Her?: Understanding Your Personality Type and Finding the Perfect Match by Helen Fisher (this book has been published under like three different titles) Did Not Finish Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship by Joshua Harris The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family by Dan Savage Communion: The Female Search for Love by bell hooks Juggling the Rainbow: A zine of personal writing on non-monogamous relationships Other Books Mentioned Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown Genreflecting Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá The Secret by Rhonda Byrne Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed Links and Stuff BiblioCommons (Wikipedia) The Center - The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada Reader’s Advisory for Library Staff (Facebook group) Chicken Soup for the Soul (Wikipedia) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Wikipedia) Faringor: the planet in Mass Effect games where a horror movie was filmed The Lusty Argonian Maid: from the Skyrim game Consent Isn’t Enough: The Troubling Sex of Fifty Shades by Emma Green (article in The Atlantic) How Josh Sundquist found his soul mate Tim Minchin - If I Didn't Have You Savage Love The Read podcast Blood type personality theory (Wikipedia) Master of None (Wikipedia) Contest! Win a copy of the new issue of the Two-Fisted Library Stories fiction anthology zine: Spicy Library Stories! Follow us on Twitter and retweet one of our Tweets about this episode! Questions What are your recommendations for Non-fiction romance and relationship books? When you think of “Non-Fiction Relationships” do you consider books about parenting, divorce, or other non-romantic relationship? How do you pronounce the last letter of the alphabet? Check out our Pinterest boards and Tumblr posts for all the Non-Fiction Romance/Relationship/Dating books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group! Join us again on Tuesday, March 7th for the first of our semi-regular “things we read that aren’t for the podcast (except now they are)” episodes. Then come back on Tuesday, March 21st, for our first anniversary episode when we’ll talk about Detective Fiction!

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