9 Must-Read Books for June 2013

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Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell
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Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell

368 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Katherine Angel, a London journalist and postdoctoral research fellow, offers an arresting mix of diaristic experiences with her lover—à la Anaïs Nin—and heady reflections from feminist thinkers like Susan Sontag and Virginia Woolf. A genre-busting nonfiction account that reads like poetry, revels in ambiguity, and intentionally defies definition, the book explores the slippery emotions of sex in fiery, collage-like scenes intended to reconcile the contradictory "metaphors we love by."
— Kristy Davis

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