May appeal to a straight, Christian audience who haven’t had sex before marriage.




A transcript of an extended conversation between a husband and wife about their theories on what makes for the best sex, including descriptions of specific acts and emotional exercises.

Debut authors Jeff and Sarah Harris were virgins on their wedding night and have learned everything they know about great sex from each other. Married for 20-plus years, the couple stresses that sex should only occur within marriage and that nonmarital sex, including masturbation, should be avoided. The authors contend that trust is the hottest aphrodisiac and that this trust can only be found within the context of a committed, heterosexual marriage (they don’t “see eye to eye with the homosexual community”). Presented as a dialogue between the couple, the book comprises two major parts: “The Principles” and “The Routines.” The Principles includes recommendations to communicate verbally, practice forgiveness, and touch nonsexually throughout the day. The Routines is a series of explicit discussions of the Harrises preferred sexual practices, including anal sex and various oral-sex techniques. The information is presented straightforwardly and nonerotically. Describing the 69 position, for example, Sarah Harris says: “In this position, I could learn to kiss and give proper fellatio while Jeff was busy kissing my crotch.” Joy of Sex it isn’t, but that’s not the point of the book. For Christian couples seeking real, uncensored sex and relationship advice, the book is an intimate dispensary of one couple’s favorite sexual acts, along with the emotional work they’ve done to sustain their marriage. They make the unusual claim that going to bed angry and getting some sleep is sometimes better than attempting to solve the entire fight before bedtime and waking up exhausted. Obviously, they have found what works for them. While they aren’t therapists, psychologists, or recognized sex experts, the authors’ advice provides a narrow but genuine take on conjugal happiness.

May appeal to a straight, Christian audience who haven’t had sex before marriage.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2015

ISBN: 978-0990774501

Page Count: 180

Publisher: Centerprize Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 6, 2015

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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