Polyamory Books, Magazines, Websites

MonoVCPHG

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Yes, indeed it is. An great thing about learning is that no matter what it is your learning about it's always good that you're learning. Perhaps one day you'll hear more, but for now I'm learning I'm only good at public speaking professionally versus personally. Thanks for making me feel more comfortable in doing so though.

Pleasure's all mine :) Have a great day!
 

River

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Years ago in another internet forum, a forum "host" would occasionally interview authors online, then, after the interview was complete, open the "topic" up to general discussion among forum participants. I wonder if this would be a good thing to try in here? Conversations with authors are another possibility, rather than interviews (I particularly like to read conversations!).

The process would obviously involve making invitations to the authors, explaining our site, etc.

What do you think?
 

River

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I'm surprised two days have passed without comment on my above question.

I have noticed that participation is somewhat down, lately, at www.polyamory.com. And most of the participants are a fairly small batch of regulars. I think we could generate more participation here if we have something like what I suggested going on here.
 

NeonKaos

Custodian
I'm surprised two days have passed without comment on my above question.

I have noticed that participation is somewhat down, lately, at www.polyamory.com. And most of the participants are a fairly small batch of regulars. I think we could generate more participation here if we have something like what I suggested going on here.

River, you yourself often go for days or even weeks at a time without visiting the forum. You obviously have things going on in your life off the internet. Why is it so surprising that other people might do the same? Just because there are no replies to one post for two days doesn't mean the forum in general is dead. Every time I log on there are new posts, and they are usually from people signing on to seek feedback about a specific issue in their lives. And even if it does get a bit slow sometimes - consider the possibility that participation might be down because it's summer. Now there's a radical thought... people doing outdoor stuff having fun with their partners and families instead of sitting at their computers discussing books about polyamory...

Of course, this is just my theory. I could be wrong. After all, there is a first time for everything :cool:
 
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Ariakas

Bosun
maybe need to throw it in suggestions. This is an oldish thread that maybe isn't checked often?...

I think its an interesting idea. Could be setup easily enough using a webchat room program like jabber, which also wouldn't be too much of a burden to the server :)
 

solarwindsfly

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Open Marriage by Nena O'Neal and George O'Neal was wonderful. Its older but I was really helped understanding Poly relationships and myself. Good luck in your search :) Blessed Be!
 

immaterial

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RickPlus

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BOOK REVIEW: "Polyamory The New Love Without Limits: Secrets of Sustainable Intimate Relationships", by Dr. Deborah M. Anapol, Published by IntiNet Resource Center, (c) 1997, ISBN 1-880789-08-6, 180 pages, $16.00. There were two earlier versions of this book, I believe that this one is the most recent version.

This is a solid introduction to Polyamory. The book is not a fun read, but there is a lot of good information in quite a small space.

The author comes from an academic background and that comes thru in her writing. Even when she is discussing her own story, the tone is clinical and detached. I think that this can be a bonus in some cases. If a loved one is hurting because a significant other is talking poly, a detached point of view may help them think rationally about it. However, it makes the book less fun to read than some of the other books I have reviewed.

Much of the contents of the book are similar to the second half of The Ethical Slut. This means that this book was less interesting to me personally. The first time you see something it is new and exciting. The second time it is old hat. I mention this because I had a hard time getting enthusiastic about this book, but I think, in part, it is not the fault of this work.

A section of the book I quite liked was a chapter asking if poly is for you. Dr. Anapol is up front about the sorts of behaviors make poly hard (and act as warning signs if you are trying poly). The next chapter talks about 8 things to make being poly easier.

In several points in the book, Dr. Anapol emphasizes that spirituality will help in your personal growth needed to make poly work. As not a very spiritual person, these grated a bit. However, they were not long and the rest of the book stands on its own without them.

A reoccurring theme in the book is that you have to be a mature, complete human being. You have to get your act together, in order for poly to work. The discussion of jealousy is much like that in The Ethical Slut, but more emphasis was placed on it being a pointer for the need for personal growth.

The chapter on if you are polyamorous and coming out of the closet was fairly new to me. She suggests that you be open but if you live in a very intolerant section of the country (USA) you may wish to move. She discusses the advantages that would occur if the poly community was more visible.

The chapter on building a poly family was interesting. Unlike Ethical Slut, where the two authors had successfully been enjoying their warm poly tribes for some time, the author here has struggled to build the loving family she is searching for. It is the most human part of the book and reminds us that what we are trying to do is not easy.

The end of the book includes chapter notes, references, books and movies that have poly in fact in fiction, and a directory (now dated) of poly organizations.

In summary I admire this book but had a hard time liking it. It makes a strong contender as a rational, calm introduction to polyamory.

Odd story: we searched for this book from the library, and they didn't have a copy. We requested the library buy it, and they refused saying it was an old book and they saved their budget for new releases. Then they changed their minds because there are few books on polyamory and it was such a popular subject! :)

Warm regards, Rick.
 

RickPlus

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BOOK REVIEW: "Polyamory In the 21st Century: Love and intimacy with Multiple Partners", by Dr. Deborah M. Anapol, Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, (c) 2010?, ISBN 976-1-4422-0021-0, 269 pages.

The library ordered this book for us, so I felt I should read it. I was not looking forward to it as I found Dr. Anapol's book, "Polyamory The New Love Without Limits", a dull read.

I enjoyed this book far more than her previous one. She speaks with greater authority and her writing is more personable and fun to read. Additionally there are few examples that are copied from the previous work - most of the examples she gives in this work are fresh.

The book is not simply an updating of her previous work. There are new chapters on how poly affects children. (Seems good to her but no scientific studies which say one thing or another.) There is a chapter on cross cultural perspectives and then she talks about poly in myth, archetypes and human evolution.

She spends less time than in her previous book about the 'how to' aspects of poly. I think that the discussion on jealousy is slightly better in this book than her previous one.

She repeats herself a bit. The chapter on myth, archetypes and evolution repeated stuff from earlier in the book (but goes into it in more depth). This made the later section lose a bit of its impact.

This book lacks the bibliography of other movies and fiction and non-fiction discussing poly. If you would like this, look at the first book.

One surprise that I got is that her definition of poly includes those who are currently monogamous but are willing to allow other people into their lives, even if they don't have another partner now. By that definition, my wife and I were poly from the day we were married 15 years ago.

Overall, I can recommend this book much more strongly than her previous work.

Warm regards, Rick.
 

AutumnalTone

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This is a solid introduction to Polyamory. The book is not a fun read, but there is a lot of good information in quite a small space.

I find it interesting that my views on books that you've reviewed here (that I've also read) are diametrically opposed. I find "The New Love Without Limits" to be utter crap and something to avoid. I find Moore's works to be thoroughly thought-provoking and of great worth (and I fully understand none of them are intended to address polyamory).

Most interesting.
 

sage

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Free Ebook "A Poly for a Partner"

....Surviving a Polyamorous Relationship when you aren't Polyamorous

I am close to finishing a little pdf ebook for monos who suddenly find themselves in a polyamorous relationship. It is a short, simple work based on my own experience. I have written it because there seemed to be a need for people who suddenly find themselves confronted with polyamory and want immediate help without having to wade through the longer or more academic books.

If you would like a copy please message me with your email and I will send a free copy to the first twenty people in return for some constructive feedback or a recommendation I can use.

Thanks
 

dragonflysky

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I don't think that trying to determine whether something is a "good" or "bad" read and/or book is about any one factor, e.g., being poly, mono, etc. We often have different tastes in literature regardless of the topic. There are preferences for styles of writing, length of a book, simplicity, complexity, fiction, non-fiction......in addition to those for whom reading anything is a major chore or simply boring. I think that in offering a book suggestion or review on this forum it's important to talk about where the author(s) is coming from, e.g. spiritual/metaphysical, research based, personal experience, "how-to" ,etc. I don't think it's appropriate to turn it into a bashing of anyone else's opinion or viewpoint.
 

dragonflysky

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....Surviving a Polyamorous Relationship when you aren't Polyamorous

I am close to finishing a little pdf ebook for monos who suddenly find themselves in a polyamorous relationship. It is a short, simple work based on my own experience. I have written it because there seemed to be a need for people who suddenly find themselves confronted with polyamory and want immediate help without having to wade through the longer or more academic books.

If you would like a copy please message me with your email and I will send a free copy to the first twenty people in return for some constructive feedback or a recommendation I can use.

Thanks

Sage, I just went and read some of your blog. I love how you express yourself. Beautifully written, with good information and insight. Thanks for sharing.
 

geminigirl

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http://www.sexatdawn.com/

This book was passed around our camping site... it's excellent is the word on the street. I read some interesting parts of it and it was part of a big discussion that was very interesting.

I just finished reading this last night and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is interested in a different perspective on the nature vs culture question as it relates to sexuality and particularly open marriage and poly.
 

redpepper

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for those of you interested in reading more academic research on polyamory: There are several researchers who are focusing on polyamory right now, and whose work has been very helpful to me as i prepared for my own research. I highly recommend meg barker and darren landridge's understanding non-monogamies--it's an expensive book (so you may want to see if you can get it from a local library), but it addresses the widest range of the poly community i've seen yet, and contains some very thought-provoking essays. I also recommend looking up articles by elisabeth sheff, meg barker, or ani ritchie (maybe through google scholar, or your local university's journal databases). There was also an issue of the academic journal sexualities from 2006 that focused solely on poly issues; again, your local university might have a copy or online access to it.

fyi :)
 
C

Ceoli

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Meg and Darren are actually friends of mine (Meg's in my extended poly network). They've also just launched a new research journal that they both edit called "Psychology and Sexuality- Advancing Research and Global Perspectives on Sexualities". Meg also organizes research symposiums on sexuality that are pretty awesome.
 

zinc

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While not about polyamory per se, a book I'm finding to be an incredible resource is "Passionate Marriage". This book is about the dynamics of a relationship as it pertains to emotional maturity, an ability to "center" and stay in balance even when there is tension, the need to break out of "emotional fusion", and how even those who claim "no communication/no connection" are typically emotionally fused. It's also goes deeply into sexual styles, modes, orientatations, and the pragmatic means to become extremely intimate with a partner, right up to intense spiritual experience. Among many other insights, it's helping me understand my partners desire for what is needed (friendship->romance, "the full meal") to meet her need for a variety of sexual experiences.

Highly recommended!

-Zinc
 

LovingRadiance

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The Seven Levels of Intimacy.

I think it's the best relationship "self-help" book I've ever read.
 
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