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They imbued their art with the truth about love and sex and seduction. They pushed erotic writing to the center stage of American fiction. They took risks, fed our imaginations, and explored our fantasies. Drawn from the works of dozens of the best contemporary American writers, The Good Parts is American writing at its most unabashedly erotic. Contributors include: * Saul They imbued their art with the truth about love and sex and seduction. They pushed erotic writing to the center stage of American fiction. They took risks, fed our imaginations, and explored our fantasies. Drawn from the works of dozens of the best contemporary American writers, The Good Parts is American writing at its most unabashedly erotic. Contributors include: * Saul Bellow * Harold Brodkey * Philip Roth * Don DeLillo * Scott Spencer * William Styron * Joan Mellen * Kathy Acker * Rebecca Goldstein * Joyce Carol Oates * Lynne Sharon Schwartz * Elizabeth Tallent * Pat Califia * Toni Morrison * Michael Chabon * Robert Boswell * E.L. Doctorow * Mary Gordon * Oscar Hijuelos * Susanna Moore * Pam Durban * Dani Shapiro * Frederick Busch * Mary Caponegro * A.M. Homes * Charles Johnson * Jane Smiley * Robert Olen Butler * Siri Hustvedt * Susan Sontag * Amy Bloom * Steve Erickson * Amanda Filipacchi * Anna Monardo * Maria Flook * Dale Peck * Joan Wickersham * Lynne McFall * Gwendolyn M. Parker * Charles D'Ambrosio * Jennifer Egan * Anchee Min * Rick Moody * Charlotte Watson Sherman * Paula Huston * James McManus * Mary Gaitskill


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They imbued their art with the truth about love and sex and seduction. They pushed erotic writing to the center stage of American fiction. They took risks, fed our imaginations, and explored our fantasies. Drawn from the works of dozens of the best contemporary American writers, The Good Parts is American writing at its most unabashedly erotic. Contributors include: * Saul They imbued their art with the truth about love and sex and seduction. They pushed erotic writing to the center stage of American fiction. They took risks, fed our imaginations, and explored our fantasies. Drawn from the works of dozens of the best contemporary American writers, The Good Parts is American writing at its most unabashedly erotic. Contributors include: * Saul Bellow * Harold Brodkey * Philip Roth * Don DeLillo * Scott Spencer * William Styron * Joan Mellen * Kathy Acker * Rebecca Goldstein * Joyce Carol Oates * Lynne Sharon Schwartz * Elizabeth Tallent * Pat Califia * Toni Morrison * Michael Chabon * Robert Boswell * E.L. Doctorow * Mary Gordon * Oscar Hijuelos * Susanna Moore * Pam Durban * Dani Shapiro * Frederick Busch * Mary Caponegro * A.M. Homes * Charles Johnson * Jane Smiley * Robert Olen Butler * Siri Hustvedt * Susan Sontag * Amy Bloom * Steve Erickson * Amanda Filipacchi * Anna Monardo * Maria Flook * Dale Peck * Joan Wickersham * Lynne McFall * Gwendolyn M. Parker * Charles D'Ambrosio * Jennifer Egan * Anchee Min * Rick Moody * Charlotte Watson Sherman * Paula Huston * James McManus * Mary Gaitskill

30 review for The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    JSou

    This was a very interesting book to say the least. It's not one of those books to just sit and read straight through,(I can only read so much porn and erotica before it gets redundant, you know what I mean?) but nice once in a while to pick up and read a little at a time, which was how I approached it. The book's format allowed that fairly easily, since it is just excerpts of different stories. The different sex scenes in the book ranged from VERY graphic to more subtle and suggesting which work This was a very interesting book to say the least. It's not one of those books to just sit and read straight through,(I can only read so much porn and erotica before it gets redundant, you know what I mean?) but nice once in a while to pick up and read a little at a time, which was how I approached it. The book's format allowed that fairly easily, since it is just excerpts of different stories. The different sex scenes in the book ranged from VERY graphic to more subtle and suggesting which worked well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    I have a great appreciation for classic erotica, but I wasn't impressed by this book. It took (what the editors considered to be ) the "good parts" from various novels by famous authors. The cover was so titillating that I was a bit embarrassed to be checking it out of the library. How could this book not be good? I am not sure, but I think it was to tame to be porn; and the segments too isolated from the story to be good literature. I have a great appreciation for classic erotica, but I wasn't impressed by this book. It took (what the editors considered to be ) the "good parts" from various novels by famous authors. The cover was so titillating that I was a bit embarrassed to be checking it out of the library. How could this book not be good? I am not sure, but I think it was to tame to be porn; and the segments too isolated from the story to be good literature.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    The thinking woman's porn. I love it. The thinking woman's porn. I love it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason Mashak

    An appropriate title, as these are the parts I tend to re-read in any book of prose.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Wise

    This collection of excerpts was more tedious than arousing. Being mostly the erotic scenes pulled from larger stories and novels, hardly anything was known of the characters or scenarios. So too many of these pieces were merely mechanical descriptions of genitals in action and the pursuit of orgasm. This collection did provide a sampling of literary approaches to the erotic scene, and so could be a useful resource for writers regarding the comparative effectiveness of various sexual terms and ar This collection of excerpts was more tedious than arousing. Being mostly the erotic scenes pulled from larger stories and novels, hardly anything was known of the characters or scenarios. So too many of these pieces were merely mechanical descriptions of genitals in action and the pursuit of orgasm. This collection did provide a sampling of literary approaches to the erotic scene, and so could be a useful resource for writers regarding the comparative effectiveness of various sexual terms and aroused dialog.  

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anny Nguyen

    The short stories were very raw and in detail. Certain bits and parts of certain chapters could be a little more loose on the writing. It seems some of them were trying a bit too hard to catch the readers attention. There was only one story I could not get myself to read because it seemed a little too "awkward" in a sense for me but the book is very enjoyable, a great read, and I recommend it to anyone who would be interested in this genre of book. The short stories were very raw and in detail. Certain bits and parts of certain chapters could be a little more loose on the writing. It seems some of them were trying a bit too hard to catch the readers attention. There was only one story I could not get myself to read because it seemed a little too "awkward" in a sense for me but the book is very enjoyable, a great read, and I recommend it to anyone who would be interested in this genre of book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neil Ornstein

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ensorcelled

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roy Shores

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shpresa

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brett Dando

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ron Seybold

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  17. 4 out of 5

    Asya Baymuratova

  18. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan Rosol

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liza

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelynn McKnight

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Connery

  26. 5 out of 5

    Doris

  27. 4 out of 5

    erin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frank Hieber

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dr Soheyla

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