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About the Book

Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell

In the tradition of Susan Sontag and Virginia Woolf, Katherine Angel’s UNMASTERED forges a path through cliché, convention, and secrecy to examine the gorgeous puzzle of sexuality. We’re told that women now have more access to their sexuality than ever before, and yet, in some ways, we are still too constrained to voice --- or even recognize --- our own wants. What we desire, Angel finds, is a crosscurrent running beneath what we think and say and know.

Through Angel’s scholarly investigations of sex and her own personal experiences, UNMASTERED examines the fierce appetites that ebb and flow in us: for power and for pliancy; for liberation and for connection. It anatomizes desire and pleasure, joy and suffering. Reveling in the elusiveness of easy answers, UNMASTERED opens a space to talk about the things we often believe cannot be bounded by words.

The result is a searching, erotic work that shifts in meaning and resonance even as it is read. Lyrical, brave, and sometimes disarmingly funny, UNMASTERED will start a thousand debates.

Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell
by Katherine Angel

  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Genres: Women's Studies
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374280401
  • ISBN-13: 9780374280406