Mating in Captivity (Paperback)

Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

By Esther Perel

Harper Paperbacks, 9780060753641, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

List Price: 15.99*
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A New York City therapist examines the paradoxical relationship between domesticity and sexual desire and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

One of the world’s most respected voices on erotic intelligence, Esther Perel offers a bold, provocative new take on intimacy and sex. Mating in Captivity invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couples therapist, Perel examines the complexities of sustaining desire. Through case studies and lively discussion, Perel demonstrates how more exciting, playful, and even poetic sex is possible in long-term relationships. Wise, witty, and as revelatory as it is straightforward, Mating in Captivity is a sensational book that will transform the way you live and love.

Praise For Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

“Her advice is refreshingly counterintuitive.”

“Mating in Captivity...articulates a poignant and unacknowledged modern crisis for the first time.”

“An elegant sociological study, complete with erudite literary and anthropological references.”

“A charming blend of wit and wisdom...this book will give you a fresh perspective on long-term love.”

“Well argued points written with considerable eloquence.”

“This is a brave book...refreshing.”

“So honest it hurts.”

“An excellent book, full of provocative prose and entertaining case illustrations.”