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In this day and age, it's become increasingly clear that how we create and sustain relationships has changed a great deal. Monogamy is not the only option or desired goal for everyone. Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships helps readers to understand many of the relationship possibilities beyond monogamy. The book dispels some of the myths about open relationships and outlines several different styles of open relationships. It helps readers decide if an open relationship is right for them, how to develop healthy, positive open relationships, and how to transform a monogamous relationship into a non-monogamous one.

For those already exploring various forms of non-monogamy, it offers practical, creative strategies for making an open relationship work, including tips on communication, negotiation, jealousy, boundary setting, and conflict resolution.

Plus, Opening Up delves into issues that are specific to these non-traditional relationships, including sexuality, community, raising children, and legal considerations. Through interviews throughout the book, real-life people from all walks of life who are in open relationships share the intimate details of their struggles, fears, hopes, and successes.

What others are saying:

"Taormino cuts through all the utopian theory and gets down to what people really need: the nuts and bolts of how open relationships work. I want to give Opening Up to everyone I know who asks, 'How do you do it?" --Susie Bright

"This is the book you want to read if you're looking for a voice that is balanced, sensitive and sensible when tackling the thorny question of sexual boundaries in love relationships. Opening Up is sure to open up your mind." --Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

"Courageous, stunningly thorough and inspiring. If you need a pathfinding guide for evolving your relationships, this is it." --Daphne Rose Kingma, author of The Future of Love

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"This is the book you want to read if you're looking for a voice that is balanced, sensitive and sensible when tackling the thorny question of sexual boundaries in love relationships. Opening Up is sure to open up your mind." --Esther Perel, author of Mating In Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

"Taormino cuts through all the utopian theory and gets down to what people really need: the nuts and bolts of how open relationships work. I want to give Opening Up to everyone I know who asks, 'How do you do it?'" --Susie Bright, series editor of Best American Erotica

"A luscious smorgasbord of non-monogamy as an opportunity for breaking free of one-way models of sex and love. Taormino's discussion is remarkably nuanced and balanced -- and encourages readers to proceed with their eyes wide open." --Jack Morin, PhD, author of The Erotic Mind

"Bold advice for explorers of open relationships. Comprehensive, clear, and grounded in practical realities, this book is one of the best to come along in a long time!" --Deborah Anapol, Ph.D., author of Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits

"Courageous, stunningly thorough and inspiring. If you need a pathfinding guide for evolving your relationships, this is it." --Daphne Rose Kingma, author of The Future of Love

"If you are looking for an everyday, run-of-the-mill relationship guide, this introduction to the world of nonmonogamy is probably not for you. Village Voice sex columnist Taormino, who has authored or edited a handful of guides on physical relationships, sheds light on the various types of open relations and shares tips on how these relationships can most successfully be maintained. Those put off by the book's premise shouldn't be: this is not so much an espousal of nonmonogamous relationships as it is a comprehensive guide to the phenomenon, offering numerous firsthand accounts from those involved in open relationships." --Library Journal

"Superbly informative, sympathetic and literate." --Dr. Gloria Brame, author of Different Loving

"Tristan Taormino is the logical author to tackle this topic from a fresh perspective . . . This extensive guide will be of interest to anyone who can visualize a relationship that is more open then the standard monogamous coupling." --Curve

"In her latest book, the award-winning author and sex educator takes a clear-eyed look at the controversial topic." --The Boston Phoenix

"Tristan Taormino is an amazing writer and very thoughtful, humorous, and hits all the right notes in putting together a book that makes you feel better about your decisions about opening up your relationship when so much of society is designed to make us feel bad about that decision." --Life on the Swingset

"Prolific sexpert Tristan Taormino's most recent offering focuses on relationships which are open to others. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to involve new people in your previously monogamous coupling, this guide is required reading before you start." --Eden Fantasys



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