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On 2/1/2020 at 11:31 PM, Homer said:

The launch of Ela Przybylo's book Asexual Erotics features a reading of a different chapter of the book which looks at asexuality. Will take place in Chicago, Illinois on Feb 7 (source)

Interesting. Is this a non-fiction book?

 

I write non-fiction books for Asexuals. My first one was published in 2017 , and still helps lots of asexuals, especially those who are new to asexuality. It's called Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories, Love, Life And Sex, ACElebration Of Asexuality. And shows what asexuality is, rather than just give text book definitions of it, through the 47 real life asexuals stories in the book, that are from across the asexual spectrum and around the globe. With a focus on answering most questions newbies to asexuality have about asexuality, in regard to love, life and sex. Including the differences between sexual attraction, sexual desire, arousal, and includes questions about masturbation, BDSM, porn, and kinks. As well as how to survive in this highly sexualised world we live in.

 

I am currently working on my second book for Asexuals which is called "Asexual Guide To Sex" and again will feature real life asexual (sex) stories. It will be published later this year and a number of people from this site have taken part in being interviewed for the book. Which is predominantly for any asexual thinking about trying sex for the first time ever, to help them to make an informed choice or decision about whether sex would be a good thing for them to try or not. Presenting the good, the bad, and the ugly, about sex. Told from asexuals who have had sex before. It answers pretty much any question an asexual in this position would likely want to know about sex; how to prepare for it emotionally, mentally and physically.  It's super insightful into the difference between how an asexual mind works, and how asexuals think and feel about sex, in comparison to sexuals. Some of my interviewees have been working with me back and forth on their stories, for about 6 months, to make sure their help, advice and guidance, into how best to go about having sex, if you are asexual, is in the most easy to understand format for the finished book. My heart goes out to all of the interviewees, who have tirelessly worked to help save others from some of the painful experiences they have had. And in some cases, to point them in the right direction for how sex can be a good experience for asexuals. This book I believe, will help asexuality to get more recognised as a sexual orientation throughout the globe, so that no asexuals have to live in fear of ridicule ever again - which is my mission. Because I think also sexuals will find it an invaluable and insightful read too and therefore will accept asexuality more as a result. When you read the book, it's like a 'first person' perspective immersive experience like no other. I will let you know when it's out. I already have asexuals wanting the valuable information in this book. It's the book I wish I had when I was 16 years old and being asked (or rather pressurised) into having sex for the first time. 

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I just read Loveless by Alice Oseman. It's a fiction book about a college freshman figuring out her sexuality (spoilers - she's aro and ace), and I thought it discussed ace-related issues and struggles in a really open, easy-to-grasp way. Totally recommend for anyone looking for a quick read (it's only about 350 pages)!

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Alice Oseman is one of the subjects of an asexulity article in The Times Saturday Magazine published yesterday.  I'll try to scan it and start a new thread.

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Diana DeLuna

Today at work I'm ordering a new nonfiction work on Asexuality! It's called "Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex" by Angela Chen.  The coolest thing of all is, it wasn't me!! Some other library patron discovered this book and wishes for us to pre-order it. 

 

Amazon Link for the U.S.:

https://www.amazon.com/Ace-Asexuality-Reveals-Identity-Meaning/dp/080701379X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ace+what+asexuality+reveals+about+desire+by+angela+chen&qid=1597065406&sr=8-1

 

Sorry if someone already called out this book elsewhere: I did a board search and didn't come up with anything, but I'm no wiz with AVEN's search feature.

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On 8/7/2020 at 9:21 PM, .Kat. said:

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I just read Loveless by Alice Oseman. It's a fiction book about a college freshman figuring out her sexuality (spoilers - she's aro and ace), and I thought it discussed ace-related issues and struggles in a really open, easy-to-grasp way. Totally recommend for anyone looking for a quick read (it's only about 350 pages)!

I also just finished it and I really liked it. There were many things I could relate to my own experiences and even the things the main character did that haven’t, those experiences felt real. It did make me cry at parts, mostly in the later half or so. I read it in about three sittings and it would’ve been less if I didn’t need to sleep. I would recommend especially since aro ace rep is very small.

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6 hours ago, Caliway said:

I also just finished it and I really liked it. There were many things I could relate to my own experiences and even the things the main character did that haven’t, those experiences felt real. It did make me cry at parts, mostly in the later half or so. I read it in about three sittings and it would’ve been less if I didn’t need to sleep. I would recommend especially since aro ace rep is very small.

Definitely! It wasn't my favorite book of all time, but there were parts that made me feel incredibly seen, and incredibly represented. I also cried a couple times in the second half, but then again I stayed up late at night to read it in one go, so there were multiple factors at play there

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hello everyone! I just wanted to pop in to say that the booktuber* Bowties and Books just dropped a video called “Bi, Trans, & Queer Book Recs!” that has a section on asexual books. The ones mentioned are new and mainly upper YA from what I can tell. 
 

Bi, Trans, & Queer Book Recs! [cc]

 


 

*booktuber = YouTuber who talks about books 

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On 8/10/2020 at 6:21 AM, Diana DeLuna said:

Today at work I'm ordering a new nonfiction work on Asexuality! It's called "Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex" by Angela Chen.  The coolest thing of all is, it wasn't me!! Some other library patron discovered this book and wishes for us to pre-order it. 

 

Amazon Link for the U.S.:

https://www.amazon.com/Ace-Asexuality-Reveals-Identity-Meaning/dp/080701379X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ace+what+asexuality+reveals+about+desire+by+angela+chen&qid=1597065406&sr=8-1

 

Sorry if someone already called out this book elsewhere: I did a board search and didn't come up with anything, but I'm no wiz with AVEN's search feature.

I just made a purchase request to my local library for this book. 

 

I checked the catalogue and it looks like the only ace book they have is the Invisible Orientation. Hopefully they'll buy this book so they have another ace book.

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A Thread was updated here with a useful Citation

Gochros, H. L., & Gochros, J. S. (1977). The sexually oppressed. Association Press. https://www.worldcat.org/title/sexually-oppressed/oclc/2543043

 

Props to @tontonguetonks for finding it.  This book looks like it long pre-dates the Asexuality and erasure name, though the while may describe details of such orientation.

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Janus DarkFox

@Jordan... Forwarding a book found here.

 

How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual By Rebecca Burgess


ISBN-10 - 1787752151

ISBN-13 978-1787752153


Jessica Kingsley Publishers

 

184 Pages

 

Description

 

"When I was in school, everyone got to a certain age where they became interested in talking about only one thing: boys, girls and sex. Me though? I was only interested in comics."

Growing up, Rebecca assumes sex is just a scary new thing they will 'grow into' as they get older, but when they leave school, start working and do grow up, they start to wonder why they don't want to have sex with other people.

In this brave, hilarious and empowering graphic memoir, we follow Rebecca as they navigate a culture obsessed with sex - from being bullied at school and trying to fit in with friends, to forcing themself into relationships and experiencing anxiety and OCD - before coming to understand and embrace their asexual identity.

Giving unparalleled insight into asexuality and asexual relationships, How To Be Ace shows the importance of learning to be happy and proud of who you are.

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an~imperial~votress

I've heard the protagonist of the Protector Of The Small series by Tamora Pierce is asexual. I've yet to start them, but having read other books by her, I'm sure they're very good. :)

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I don't know if it's already been mentioned in the thread (doesn't seem so if they update the OP with suggestions?). 

I recently read 'The Convenience Store Woman' by Sayaka Murata (English translation)

It's a quirky, funny and quick read. I would even recommend it to people who don't like reading, if I thought the story/character/quirkiness would interest them. I'm actually going to give a copy to a friend as a gift.
The central character also appears to be aro and ace.

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foxtails

Not sure if anyone's mentioned this, but "Vinny Gets a Life" is my absolute favourite fiction focussed around an asexual character. Taylor, the author, is incredible at writing about queer experiences and has a fantastic way of expressing unique character voice. This series is part of a broader universe about queer hockey players (all fictional including a fictional NHL universe too). I would absolutely give this a go 😊

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Gender queer, a memoir by Maia Kobabe 

 

It's a comic book that is an autobiography of the author in their journey to understand themselves as non-binary and asexual. 

 

 

 

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TeddyMiller

The fantasy novel The Midnight Bargain, by C.L.Polk, is set in a world reminiscent of Regency England but with magic.  One major character, Ysbeta Lavan, is likely asexual and/or aromantic; she says "No man or woman has ever turned my head.  I know beauty when I see it, but my heart has never ached for anyone."

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evigmidnatt

Its not cannon. but Grishaverse characters Kaz and Inej are always refered to as ace or grey so would this count?
https://observer.com/2021/05/shadow-and-bone-asexuality-representation/?fbclid=IwAR2eOCVb0eplaupXTyR3MtsyA-aRVJrjc7UJ4kQkXHwhugMCFoCiJJrGSeo

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