"Desire" Reading List

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This month (and every month), we’re saying yes to healing, yes to self-love, yes to our diverse & inclusive community at Quilt, and yes to loving our truest selves. Yes!

We’ve compiled a list of DESIRE-centered reads for you to enjoy. Have another that wasn’t featured here? Let us know!

Healing Your Sexual Self / Moving through Sexual Trauma:

The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma by Staci Haines

Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder: The Six Stages of Healing by Dennis C. Ortman

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (All of Louise Hay is AMAZING)

Sexuality and Science:

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling

Self Love and Letting Go:

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach

Whatever… Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello (such a beautiful read)

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from What Will People Think? to I Am Enough by Brené Brown (*We love all of Brené!)

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

For Women/Femmes of Color (that everyone needs to read):

Black feminist thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel by Terry McMillan

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley

For LGBTQA+ (that everyone needs to read):

Whatever… Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello

The Invention of Heterosexuality by Jonathan Katz

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire by Lisa Diamond

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

The Divine Feminine:

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollee

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

She Comes First: The Grammar of Oral Sex by Ian Kerner

Finding Your Way and Attracting Your Greatest Desires:

Steering by Starlight by Martha Beck

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Ask And It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther & Jerry Hicks

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

P.S. The Alchemist is our official book of June! We can’t wait to dig into this classic with all of you.

Read one of the books above? Let us know what you think!