#StormReads: 50 Books to Check Out for SRH Week

As more winter weather sweeps across the province, why not curl up indoors with a good book?

In celebration of Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2017, we pulled together a list of our 50 Recommended Reads on everything to do with sex, gender, orientation, pleasure, politics, and safety.

It's not an exhaustive list - please let us know if you have more suggestions! - but it should be enough to keep you going through a few more snow days.

Nova Scotia's public libraries have partnered with SHNS to promote sexual & reproductive health awareness this week. Look for these books at your local branch! Or if your local branch is buried under snow, search the Nova Scotia Public Libraries eBook catalogue for a digital edition. (Don't see the title you want? Ask your librarian to order a copy!)

Download a .pdf copy of the list!

THE LIST (alphabetical by author):

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - We Should All Be Feminists (Anchor, 2015)
  2. Jeannette Auger & Kate Krug - Under the Rainbow: A Primer on Queer Issues in Canada (Fernwood Publishing, 2014)
  3. Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman - Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press, 2010)
  4. Armin A. Brott & Jennifer Ash - The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Abbeville Press, 2015)
  5. Alex Comfort - The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition (Harmony, 2009)
  6. Heather Corinna - S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties (De Capo Lifelong Books, 2016)
  7. Ivan Coyote & Rae Spoon Gender Failure (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014)
  8. James Dawson - This Book Is Gay (Sourcebooks Fire, 2015)
  9. Laura Erickson-Schroth - Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  10. Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008)
  11. Ina May Gaskin - Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (Bantam, 2003)
  12. Roxane Gay - Bad Feminist: Essays (Harper Perennial, 2014)
  13. Susan Goldberg & Chloe Brushwood Rose - And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents, and Our Unexpected Families (Insomniac Press, 2010) 
  14. Kate Harding - Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It (De Capo Lifelong Books, 2015)
  15. Robie Harris & Michael Emberley - It's Not the Stork! (Candlewick, 2008)
  16. Nikol Hasler - Sex: A Book for Teens (Zest Books, 2010)
  17. Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings - I Am Jazz (Dial Books, 2014)
  18. Mel Reiff Hill, Jay Mays & Robin Mack - the GENDER book (Marshall House Press, 2013)
  19. Jazz Jennings - Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2016)
  20. Olive Skene Johnson - The Sexual Spectrum: Exploring Human Diversity (Raincoast Books, 2007)
  21. Lindsay King-Miller - Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls (Plume, 2016)
  22. Susan Kuklin - Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out (Candlewick, 2015)
  23. Audre Lorde - Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press, 2007)
  24. Peter Mayle & Arthur Robins - Where Did I Come From? (Lyle Stuart Inc., 1973)
  25. Mari McCraig & Edward Kubany - Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence: A Workbook for Women (New Harbinger Publications, 2004)
  26. Cindy M. Meston & David M. Buss - Why Women Have Sex: Women Reveal the Truth About Their Sex Lives, from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between) (St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
  27. Robin Metcalfe - OUT: Queer Looking Queer Acting Revisited (Khyber Centre for the Arts, 2014)
  28. Janet Mock - Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books, 2014)
  29. Allison Moon & kd diamond - Girl Sex 101 (Lunatic Ink, 2015)
  30. Jack Morin - Anal Pleasure and Health (Down There Press, 2008)
  31. Emily Nagoski - Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
  32. Scott Neigh - Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists (Fernwood Publishing, 2012)
  33. Danielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo - This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life (Chronicle Books, 2014)
  34. Esther Perel - Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence (Harper Paperbacks, 2007)
  35. Mary Roach - Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009)
  36. Christopher Ryan - Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (Harper, 2010)
  37. Randy Shilts - And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (St. Martin's Griffin, 2007)
  38. Cory Silverberg, Fran Odette & Miriam Kaufman - The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness (Cleis Press, 2007)
  39. Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth - What Makes a Baby (Triangle Square, 2013)
  40. Shannon Stettner - Without Apology: Writings on Abortion in Canada (AU Press, 2016)
  41. Tristan Taormino - Opening Up: A Guide to Creating & Sustaining Open Relationships (Cleis Press, 2008)
  42. Tristan Taormino - The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge (Cleis Press, 2012)
  43. Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley & Celine Perrenas Shimizu - The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2013)
  44. the pregnancy experts at the Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! (De Capo Lifelong Books, 2011)
  45. Kim Toevs & Stephanie Brill - The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth (Alyson Books, 2002)
  46. Kaleigh Trace - Hot, Wet and Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex (Invisible Publishing, 2014)
  47. Jessica Valenti - The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women (Seal Press, 2009)
  48. Jessica Valenti - He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (Seal Press, 2008)
  49. Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert - More than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory (Thorntree Press, 2014)
  50. Al Vernacchio - For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health (Harper Wave, 2014)