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Review: Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews | Posted on 26-01-2014

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Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open RelationshipsOpening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to be honest. When I initially heard about Opening Up by Tristan Taormino, it was in association with someone I can't stand, and I childishly let that association color my impression of the book. I didn't really consider reading it. I finally got around to reading (okay, listening to) it this past week, and I'm sorry I didn't do so sooner. It's so good that I'm considering purchasing a print copy to have on hand in my lending library, and maybe even an ebook copy so that I might easily reference passages from time to time.

None of the information is new to me, exactly, but it is put together very well. The sections on issues to consider/issues that might arise in each style of responsible non-monogamy were especially appreciated. I was disappointed that there isn't a section in her web site for readers, but perhaps the print copy has reproducible checklists.

The chapter on STIs was very good, although I think that a list of specific STIs for which non-monogamous people should request testing would have been helpful.

In any case, I do recommend this book. It's replacing Love Without Limits as my go-to recommendation for new polyfolk to read.

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