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Open by Rachel Krantz
Jan 25, 2022 | ISBN 9780593139554

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Open is a smart, original, ambitious, and deeply absorbing memoir, in part because Krantz wants no less than to help us rethink the concepts of love, sex, and power as we know them. She succeeds by bringing us deftly and irresistibly into her most intimate pains and joys, stretching our understanding of what commitment and autonomy mean.”—Dr. Wednesday Martin, author of Untrue and Primates of Park Avenue

“Don’t look for easy answers in Rachel Krantz’s thrilling meditation-cum-memoir, Open, in which the political gets very personal indeed. Seamlessly shifting from a critique of evolutionary biology to the first touch of his hand on her thigh, this polyamorous coming-of-age story crackles with equal parts erotic energy and searching commentary. A perfect guide to our new world, the only problem I had picking up this book was putting it back down. Open compels, entertains, and may ultimately transform its readers.” —Terrence Real, bestselling author of Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship and The New Rules of Marriage

“Krantz offers an unflinchingly honest account of the highs and lows of non-monogamous relationships, beautifully illustrating the ways that opening up one’s relationship can offer tremendous freedom and painful imprisonment—sometimes at the same time. Open is a necessary addition to the canon of intimate memoirs, one I desperately wish I’d had access to when I was coming of age. It’s a must-read for anyone navigating sex, love, and dating in the twenty-first century.” —Lux Alptraum, author of Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex —And the Truths They Reveal

“I stayed up all night reading this book, and when I was done, I felt I’d lived another life. A propulsive and fascinating look at sex, desire, and intimacy, Open investigates what we hope for from our romantic partners and how eschewing conventions might help us attain those things—and the pitfalls we might face if we choose a less traditional path. Krantz writes with insight and humor about her personal introduction to non-monogamy, using reportage to broaden the scope to others’ experiences with trying to balance sexual and romantic freedom and commitment. A page-turner that explores the urgent question of what it means to try to understand and then to express our desires, Open is a true pleasure.”—Cara Blue Adams, author of You Never Get It Back

“In her frank, evocative memoir, Rachel Krantz delves into a complicated past and looks long—and in blush-inducing detail—at the relationship that brought her into non-monogamy. This book searches for the truth and rejects easy answers. Open is a feat of tremendous candor and vulnerability, and to call it unputdownable would be an understatement.” —Liv Stratman, author of Cheat Day

“Titillating . . . Krantz sweeps readers into a narrative that seduces and educates in equal measure . . . [Open] offers an alluring and insightful look at a life lived outside of conventional structures.”—Publishers Weekly

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