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Erotic Literature: Our 5 Favorites

Tango canvases the bookshelves to pull the five books that get us most steamy. Here are our selections from classic literature worth reading aloud again and again. Included inside are erotic excerpts from Little Birds by Anais Nin, A Month of Sundays by John Updike, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence, A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

Are Dating Sites Blackballing You?

Are Dating Sites Blackballing You?

Online dating sites eHarmony and Chemistry.com are in a lover's quarrel writ large. The sticking point: Should a site be allowed to outlaw would-be members? Anyone who's tried online dating knows that sooner or later, they'll probably be rejected—by a potential suitor. Yet over one million would-be daters have been blocked from joining online dating site eHarmony. Now rival dating site Chemistry.com is capitalizing on the site's rejection policy, with a 10 million dollar ad campaign calling attention to the fact, and positioning itself as a welcoming, come-one-date-all alternative.

Is Your Gay BFF Ruining Your Love Life?

Is Your Gay BFF Ruining Your Love Life?

He's your gay best friend and no straight man can live up to him. But does he keep you from dating other people? Do you secretly wish he were straight? No matter how much platonic love you have for him, romance probably isn't in the cards for the two of you. Ephi Stempler, a gay man who is no stranger to this type of intimacy, explores how this friendship can damage your chance for healthy relationship. He calls it the "Will and Grace dilemma". Stempler writes, "One of the sitcom's primary contributions to popular culture was its ability to candidly portray the feeling of being in love with one's best friend. As the title characters slipped into codependency worthy of an all-consuming romance, they found it increasingly difficult to cultivate meaningful relationships with other men. And because the list of women I've known and loved is—sadly—twice as long as the list of men I've loved and slept with, I, too, have fallen prey to the 'Will and Grace dilemma.'"

Vacays Fit for a Queen

Vacays Fit for a Queen

What woman hasn't dreamed about being whisked away by a noble prince, living out the rest of her days in a beautiful castle? Make your fantasy a reality by planning a stay in a royal-residence-cum-hotel. These luxe locales will transport you to old world romance without skimping on modern amenities. So pack your bag (and your tiara!) and these palatial destinations will do the rest—all you have to do is provide your own prince. Who says dreams don’t come true?

NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER

If love is the answer, then what are the questions? And if there are armloads of magazines about shopping, shouldn’t there be at least one about love? Three years ago, I looked around me and realized that there was nothing on the newsstands that spoke to women—and their partners—about the most fundamental part of their lives: their relationships. Yes, women talk about their clothes, their shoes, and their hair.

How My Parents Fell For My Husband

How My Parents Fell For My Husband

The husband and the in-laws—they can be a combustible combination. Introducing your boyfriend to your parents and family is difficult no matter what, especially if you're Jewish and he's not and your parents don't want you marrying a goy. But interfaith marriage doesn't have to be all bad, as Amy Sohn learned. In this excerpt from her book Altared, Amy shares her personal account of finding the one and then trying to sell him to her parents.

Inside The 2008 Candidates'  Marriages

Inside The 2008 Candidates' Marriages

One presidential election. Six frontrunners. You may know their stands on abortion, the Iraq war, and whether two men should be allowed to say "I do." But what do you know about their romantic relationships? YourTango investigates which couple is most likely to captivate American voters—and which union is best equipped to survive four years in the White House. We've profiled Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and Judith Stich Giuliani, John McCain and Cindy Hensley McCain, Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson Obama, Ron Paul and Carol Wells Paul and Mitt and Ann Davies Romney.

Let's Talk About Sex...But How?

Let's Talk About Sex...But How?

You've gotten past the initial intimacy but now it's time to discuss what you and your partner really want in the bedroom. Whether it's leather, role-playing, urination or costumes, telling your partner about your fantasies can be difficult. "Chances are, at some point your partner will reveal a desire to you that at best catches you off guard, and at worst makes you wonder whether you should alert the authorities. When that happens, the way you react could have ramifications not only on your sex life, but on your relationship as a whole." Ky Henderson talks to the pros for advice on handling these potentially sensitive sexual negotiations.

Inside Hillary's Marriage

Inside Hillary's Marriage

In our series on the 2008 presidential couples; Tango explores the Clintons. Bill and Hillary; love 'em or hate 'em; are the most dynamic couple in American politics. Tango gives you a little insight to what kind of presidential pair they would make.

Inside McCain's Marriage

Inside McCain's Marriage

In our series on the 2008 presidential couples, YourTango explores the McCains. From John's time in a Vietnamese prison camp to Cindy's battle with addiction, YourTango gives you all you need to know to decide if the McCains have what it takes to live in the White House. "He was a war hero, a former prisoner in North Vietnam; she was the daughter of a wealthy beer distributor and almost 20 years his junior. They met in 1979 at a reception in Honolulu. 'We both lied about our ages,' Cindy told a reporter. 'I made myself older and he made himself younger.' Before they could marry, he had to divorce his first wife (although they still remain on good terms)."

Inside Edwards' Marriage

Inside Edwards' Marriage

In our series on the 2008 presidential couples, Tango explores the Edwards. Even if they're not always on the same page you know that the John and Elizabeth are always in each other's corner. Adversity does nothing but make them strong. Read here to find out if they have the right stuff to make the White House their next home. "On the surface, Elizabeth Edwards would seem to be the exact opposite of the ideal political spouse. Hardly meek, she's a smart and independent attorney who doesn't spend too much time worrying about her appearance, and talks openly about her struggles with weight loss. Yet she's often described as her husband's 'secret weapon.'"

Inside Giuliani's Marriage

Inside Giuliani's Marriage

In our series on the 2008 presidential couples Tango explores the Guilianis. Though not quite as polished as the Clintons, Rudy and Judy are in the spotlight just as much. From his 9/11 heroics to his topsy-turvy family life, there's never a dull moment. Find out if the Guilianis have what it takes to make the White House into their home. "The tabloid ink expended on this union rivals headlines about the Clintons. Years before their divorce scandal, Rudy Giuliani's second marriage to Donna Hanover was major gossip fodder in New York. There were persistent rumors—vehemently denied—that he was having an affair with his attractive female communications director, Christyne Lategano. The gossip took a toll."