Relationships

Whether it’s navigating your divorce, redefining modern marriage, or searching for strategies to build or strengthen a lasting equal relationship with your partner, Seal Press’s Relationship books have reliable advice from a wide variety of experts like Christina Pesoli, Susan Pease Gadoua and Vicki Larson, and Drs. Pepper Schwartz and Lana Staheli.

Confessions of a Naughty Mommy

Heidi Raykeil

$14.95 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
January 2006

Confessions of a Naughty Mommy is a funny, honest, and sexy account of Raykeil’s search for her missing libido—lost in action after she gave birth to her daughter.

Better Than I Ever Expected

Joan Price

$17.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
January 2006

Better Than I Ever Expected is a warm, witty, and honest book that contends with the challenges and celebrates the delights of older-life sexuality. It asserts that women over sixty are at the top of their game when it comes to enjoying sex.

Lesbian Couples

D. Merilee Clunis, Ph.D., G. Dorsey Green, Ph.D.

$16.95 USD, Trade Paper and Ebook
January 2005

Written by two experienced lesbian therapists, Lesbian Couples covers a range of topics—commitment ceremonies and marriage, living arrangements, work, money, togetherness and separate identities, coming out to family and friends, resolving conflict and understanding each other—and uses a variety of helpful examples and problem-solving techniques, drawing from research done on lesbian couples over the past decade. The book pays special attention to differences of race, class, age and physical ability, and addresses the issues raised when one or both partners are recovering from alcohol, substance, or sexual abuse. The book also addresses differences that lesbians may encounter in their relationships regarding such issues as butch-femme, transgender identity, bisexuality, monogamy and sado-masochism. Thoroughly readable and extremely helpful, with an updated resource guide, Lesbian Couples is a book that every lesbian will want to own.

Getting Free

Ginny NiCarthy

$16.95 USD, Trade Paper and Ebook
November 2004

With uncomplicated yet motivational language, this book contains all the tools and advice you need to help yourself recognize, respond to, and overcome domestic violence.

Secrets and Confidences

Karen Eng (editor)

$14.95 USD, Trade Paper Original
October 2004

Relationships between women are often cast in binary terms, either as backstabbing competition behind the scenes or soft-filter best-friend-forever moments. Yet the simple truth about friendship is that it’s never simple: not for eight-year-olds acting out adulthood through rich Barbie fantasies, not for teens trying to bridge the chasm of racial and cultural divide, not for kid-free singles watching old friendships weaken with each new partner and child that happens to someone else. Yet, however problematic women’s relationships with one another can be, they can also be intense, intimate affairs, more steadfast than any romantic relationship and ultimately, more fulfilling. Secrets and Confidences is the first anthology to bypass the saccharine platitudes that make up most books on women’s friendships, and acknowledge the complex reality of relationships first exemplified by Mary and Rhoda, Lucy and Ethel, and now celebrated by shows like Sex and the City—relationships that exhibit jealousy and love, loyalty and despair, and more than a few pair of really good shoes.

Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues

Taigi Smith (editor)

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper Original
January 2004

Today’s women expect it all: a successful career, an understanding and equally successful mate, and children—all wrapped up in a white picket fence. But recent studies show that while black women have ascended to form a new middle class and have attained success in the business sector, black men haven’t followed suit. Perhaps as a result, with other sociological and economic factors at play, many successful sistahs are having trouble finding a partner to call their own. This groundbreaking anthology explores the many reasons why—analyzing materialism and financial expectations, single motherhood, bling bling culture, media representations of African-American gender roles, missing fathers, incarcerated partners, and more—and offers hope from women who have beaten the odds. Writers including Kevin Powell and Victor LaValle weigh in on the men’s side in a “Talking Back” section, while female contributors include Kiini Ibura Asalaam, Shawn E. Rhea, Shani O’Neal, and Asha Bandele.

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