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The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

Top 10 Sexy Books

Are you easily shocked? Then The Sexual Life of Catherine M. might not be for you


We admit, we initially picked up this graphic memoir by a French art critic because of the media ruckus it caused when it was first published in 2001. Why all the controversy? Because here is a woman, a feminist and self-described libertine, who shoves into the reader's face 30 years of promiscuous sex, covering orgies, gang bangs and empty one-night stands. The book is not erotica per se, but it is certainly titillating. It's not sexy in any traditional sense; instead of candles and caressing, you get just coitus — in saunas and cemeteries with endless lines of faceless penetrators, described matter-of-factly, detachedly, the way Henry Miller or Charles Bukowski would. Despite its absence of seductive settings, it's the kind of book you devour in a few nights, because you just need to know what happens next, which act of depravity is to follow.

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