Books about Pleasure

  1. Gourmet Rhapsody

    by Muriel Barbery
    A renowned food critic searches for the taste of a forgotten childhood dish before his death.

    A French food critic faces his mortality in an “entertaining [and] witty” novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, (,Newsday,). In the heart of Paris, in the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. Chocolat

    by Joanne Harris
    An enchanting tale of love, belonging, and the power of chocolate.

    Vianne Rocher, with her daughter Anouk, come to the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. They are brought by "the wind" during the last days of Carnival to open a, chocolaterie, , La ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life

    by Emily Nagoski
    An exploration of sexuality, examining how to create a fulfilling sex life.

    An essential exploration of why and how women’s sexuality works—based on groundbreaking research and brain science—that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. The Art of Love

    by Ovid
    A guidebook on the art of seduction and love, filled with witty advice and anecdotes from ancient Rome.

    The, Ars amatoria, (English: The Art of Love ) is an instructional elegy series in three books by the ancient Roman poet Ovid . It was written in 2 AD. ... (Wikipedia)

  5. Tropic of Cancer

    by Henry Miller
    A young writer's journey of self-exploration in Paris, confronting life, love and lust.

    Now hailed as an American classic Tropic of Cancer , Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a ... (Goodreads)

  6. The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

    by David Lebovitz
    A journey of culinary exploration in Paris, uncovering the secrets of its food culture.

    From the, New York Times, bestselling author of, My Paris Kitchen, and, L'Appart,, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections., ... (Barnes & Noble)

  7. The Art of Eating

    by M.F.K. Fisher
    A collection of essays on the pleasures of food and the art of cooking, exploring the cultural and personal significance of what we eat.

    This book is the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she ... (Goodreads)

  8. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table

    by Ruth Reichl
    Culinary and cultural exploration of the world, experienced through food.

    In this delightful sequel to her bestseller Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl returns with more tales of love, life, and marvelous meals. Comfort Me with Apples picks up Reichl's story in 1978, when ... (Goodreads)

  9. Chances

    by Jackie Collins
    The lives of three women intertwine as they navigate love, sex, and power in Hollywood. A steamy and scandalous tale of ambition and desire.

    The book that made Jackie Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps you from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas. It plunges you into the ... (Goodreads)

  10. Fantasy Lover

    by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    A modern-day woman discovers a mystical world of secrets, and a love that transcends time.

    Cursed into an eternity of slavery by his own brother, Julian of Macedon has spent centuries in hell, where the only respite he knows is measured in a handful of weeks whenever he’s summoned through ... (Goodreads)

  11. The Swimming-Pool Library

    by Alan Hollinghurst
    A young aristocrat's life is changed when he meets an older gay man at a swimming pool. A sensual exploration of gay life in 1980s London.

    William Beckwith is a highly privileged, cultivated and promiscuous young gay man. He is the grandson and heir of Viscount Beckwith, an elder statesman and a recent peer. To avoid death duties, that ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Utilitarianism

    by John Stuart Mill
    Exploration of the moral theory of utilitarianism, evaluating the role of pleasure in decision-making.

    This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. ... (Goodreads)

  13. Mastering the Art of French Cooking

    by Julia Child
    Step-by-step guide to creating French cuisine, with accessible instructions and helpful tips.

    For over fifty years, New York Times bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking has been the definitive book on the subject for American readers. Featuring 524 delicious recipes, in its pages ... (Goodreads)

  14. The Last Anniversary

    by Liane Moriarty
    A young woman's pursuit of the truth behind a mysterious family secret.

    From Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers , comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  15. She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman

    by Ian Kerner
    A comprehensive guide to oral sex techniques for men, emphasizing the importance of female pleasure and communication in sexual relationships.

    “Every man’s must-read. Tell your guy to put down the remote and pick up She Comes First .” — Cosmopolitan Ian Kerner offers a radical new philosophy for pleasuring women in, She Comes First—,an,, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  16. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

    by John Piper
    Examination of the joys of Christian hedonism, finding pleasure in doing God's will.

    Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering classic, newly revised and expanded, John Piper reveals that the debate ... (Goodreads)

  17. Reflected in You

    by Sylvia Day
    A passionate romance between two damaged individuals, traversing the highs and lows of a tumultuous relationship.

    Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay ... (Goodreads)

  18. In the Company of the Courtesan

    by Sarah Dunant
    A story of a courtesan's journey in Renaissance Italy, and the powerful men she encounters.

    My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor's army blew a hole in the wall of God's eternal city, ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

    by Eric Weiner
    A humorous exploration of the pursuit of happiness, through visits to different countries.

    Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent reporting from such discontented locales as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. Unhappy people living in profoundly unstable states, he notes, inspire ... (Goodreads)

  20. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

    by Anne Fadiman
    A collection of essays about the joy and significance of reading, exploring the impact of books on everyday life.

    Anne Fadiman is—by her own admission—the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of, Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once ... (Barnes & Noble)

  21. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

    by Jorge Amado
    A young widow marries a new man, but is haunted by the ghost of her first husband. A tale of love, lust, and the supernatural in Brazil.

    The novel, set in Salvador , Bahia , opens with the sudden death of Dona Flor's husband, Vadinho, who collapses in the midst of Carnival celebrations. He is dancing a samba in the streets when his ... (Wikipedia)

  22. How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale

    by Jenna Jameson
    A memoir recounting the journey of a woman becoming one of the most successful adult film stars.

    Jenna Jameson's unforgettable memoir is many things at once: a shocking sexual history; an insider's guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult-film industry; and a gripping thriller ... (Goodreads)

  23. Cravings

    by Laurell K. Hamilton
    A collection of erotic short stories featuring vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.

    Four favorite authors present their favorite characters in all-new tales of bloodlust, appetites that must be sated again and again, and the passion that feeds them. "Beyond the Ardeur" (An Anita ... (Goodreads)

  24. The Short Stories

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A collection of short stories exploring the highs and lows of life in the Jazz Age.

    Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America's most gifted (and best-paid) writers of stories and ... (Goodreads)

  25. Plum Lovin'

    by Janet Evanovich
    A bounty hunter goes on a wild and comedic adventure to find a missing heiress.

    Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie–and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship ... (Goodreads)

  26. Addicted

    by Zane
    A story of a woman's struggle to overcome an addiction to drugs, alcohol and sex.

    For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved ... (Goodreads)

  27. Zorba the Greek

    by Nikos Kazantzakis
    A man embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning to embrace life with gusto and joy.

    The book opens in a café in Piraeus , just before dawn on a gusty autumn morning. The year is most likely 1916. The narrator, a young Greek intellectual, resolves to set aside his books for a few ... (Wikipedia)

  28. The Chocolate Touch

    by Patrick Skene Catling
    A young boy turns his likes into gold with a magical coin, only to discover that too much of a good thing is not good.

    In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate! Kids will eat this up for summer reading or ... (Goodreads)

  29. Story of O

    by Pauline Réage
    A woman's journey of sexual awakening and exploration, set against a backdrop of domination.

    The Story of O relates the progressive willful debasement of a young and beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, O, who wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover, René. The test is ... (Goodreads)

  30. Exit to Eden

    by Anne Rampling
    A steamy BDSM romance set on a private island resort.

    Welcome to the club to satisfy all your desires. In the Caribbean sun, the champagne flows and the games of pain and pleasure never stop. Lisa is the perfectionist. Elliot, the client. In their ... (Goodreads)

  31. The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities

    by Dossie Easton
    An exploration of ethical non-monogamy, providing insight into brave new approaches of intimate relationships.

    The essential guide for singles and couples who want to explore polyamory in ways that are ethically and emotionally sustainable. For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship ... (Goodreads)

  32. Pleasure Unbound

    by Larissa Ione
    A demon doctor and a forbidden romance with a human patient. A steamy and action-packed paranormal romance.

    In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . . She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by ... (Goodreads)

  33. French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

    by Peter Mayle
    A humorous and informative memoir of a man's culinary adventures in France, exploring the country's food, wine, and culture.

    A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence . The French celebrate food and drink more ... (Goodreads)

  34. Kiss of Midnight

    by Lara Adrian
    A vampire warrior and a human woman fall in love, entangled in a dangerous and forbidden romance.

    He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when ... (Goodreads)

  35. Fever

    by Maya Banks
    A woman is kidnapped and held for ransom, but her captor becomes her protector and they fall in love.

    Jace, Ash, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Jace, it’s a woman whose allure takes him ... (Goodreads)

  36. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

    by A.N. Roquelaure
    Erotic reimagining of the classic fairy tale, exploring themes of power, freedom and desire.

    Celebrate the daring gifts of Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, with this beautifully repackaged boxed set of the three erotic novels in her acclaimed Sleeping Beauty trilogy. ... (Goodreads)

  37. Sweet Filthy Boy

    by Christina Lauren
    A Vegas fling turns into a marriage proposal. A young woman must decide whether to follow her heart or her head.

    One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her ... (Goodreads)

  38. Delta of Venus

    by Anaïs Nin
    Exploration of female sexuality and intimate relationships in a changing world.

    Fifteen short stories by Anaïs Nin published posthumously in 1977 - though largely written in the 1940s as erotica for a private collector. In Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin penned a lush, magical world ... (Goodreads)

  39. G-Spot: An Urban Erotic Tale

    by Noire
    A steamy tale of a woman's sexual awakening in the gritty streets of New York City.

    Her man demanded loyalty, but her body wouldn’t obey., Have you ever rolled over in the middle of the night and realized you were doing things you swore you’d never do? Sexing brothers you vowed ... (Goodreads)

  40. Mini Shopaholic

    by Sophie Kinsella
    A young woman confronts her shopping addiction and learns to manage her finances.

    Sophie Kinsella has dazzled readers with her irresistible Shopaholic novels–sensational international bestsellers that have garnered millions of devoted fans and catapulted her into the first rank of ... (Goodreads)

  41. Seducing Simon

    by Maya Banks
    A woman falls for her boss, but their relationship is complicated by his past and her own insecurities.

    One fateful night, Toni Langston seduces her best friend, the guy she's been in love with forever. Two problems-he doesn't remember a thing that happened and now she's pregnant. Toni Langston has ... (Goodreads)

  42. Harmony's Way

    by Lora Leigh
    A romance between two star-crossed lovers, overcoming obstacles of their vastly different worlds.

    Sink your fangs into Lora Leigh's series about genetically altered humans with feline DNA. When the Breeds desire the passions of the flesh, they can't help but get frisky..., Harmony Lancaster is of ... (Goodreads)

  43. The Siren

    by Tiffany Reisz
    An erotic romance between a writer and a siren, exploring the power of seduction and desire.

    Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's ... (Barnes & Noble)

  44. Beauty's Release

    by A.N. Roquelaure
    A tale of a young woman's awakening to the power of her own sexuality.

    In the first chapter of the story, Beauty is awakened from her hundred-year sleep by the Prince, not with a kiss, but through copulation, initiating her into a Satyricon -like world of sexual ... (Wikipedia)

  45. Barefoot in Paris

    by Ina Garten
    A culinary journey through the streets of Paris, discovering the city's unique charm.

    Hearty boeuf Bourguignon served in deep bowls over a garlic-rubbed slice of baguette toast; decadently rich croque monsieur, eggy and oozing with cheese; gossamer crème brulee, its sweetness offset ... (Goodreads)

  46. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

    by A.N. Roquelaure
    An erotic retelling of the classic fairy tale, exploring the power of desire and submission.

    In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that ... (Goodreads)

  47. Tulip Fever

    by Deborah Moggach
    A love affair between a young artist and a married woman in 17th century Amsterdam, set against the backdrop of the tulip market bubble.

    A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution – set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever. In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced ... (Goodreads)

  48. Delicious!

    by Ruth Reichl
    A food critic's exploration of the culinary world, showcasing the beauty of gourmet food.

    In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who ... (Goodreads)

  49. Baking with Julia: Sift, Knead, Flute, Flour, and Savor...

    by Julia Child
    A comprehensive guide to baking, featuring recipes and techniques from renowned bakers. A must-have for any aspiring pastry chef.

    Baking with Julia Nothing promises pleasure more readily than the words "freshly baked." And nothing says magnum opus as definitively as, Baking with Julia, which offers the dedicated home cook, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  50. Seduced by Moonlight

    by Laurell K. Hamilton
    Faerie Princess Meredith must navigate political intrigue and sensual desires to claim her throne.

    Seduced by Moonlight begins shortly after the events of, A Caress of Twilight, . Kurag, Goblin King, is insisting upon proof that Kitto has become sidhe following sex with Merry. She offers an extra ... (Wikipedia)

  51. Feast: Food to Celebrate Life

    by Nigella Lawson
    A cookbook that celebrates the joy of cooking and eating, with recipes for every occasion and mood.

    Nigella Lawson, Gourmet magazine's "It Girl," New York Times "Dining In" columnist, and bestselling cookbook author, is celebrating life–and you're invited. Feast , Nigella's most festive book yet, ... (Goodreads)

  52. Midnight Pleasures

    by Amanda Ashley
    A romantic vampire story featuring a dangerous love affair between a mortal woman and an immortal man.

    Handsome and sensual, surrounded by an aura of danger, mystery, and the forbidden, a lover steps from the shadows. But is he mortal? Or is he an ancient god, a sorcerer, or a mythical beast who can ... (Goodreads)

  53. Seduced in the Dark

    by C.J. Roberts
    A young woman's struggle to survive her captor and reclaim her freedom.

    BOOK TWO OF THE DARK DUET The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark. What is the price of redemption? Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani ... (Goodreads)

  54. The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    A charming tale of the residents of 44 Scotland Street, their daily lives, and the small moments that make life worth living.

    The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family continues in this fifth instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily ... (Goodreads)

  55. Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses

    by Isabel Allende
    A sensual journey through the history of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, exploring the power of desire and pleasure.

    New York Times, bestselling author of, The House of the Spirits,, Isabel Allende celebrates the pleasures of the sensual life in this rich, joyful and slyly humorous book, a combination of personal ... (Goodreads)

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