Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir

  • by Susie Bright
  • Narrated by Susie Bright
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever wondered why there's no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright.
In this stunning and courageous coming-of-age story, Susie Bright opens her heart and her life. From fearful Irish-Catholic Girl Scout to gun-toting teenage revolutionary and finally "The Avatar of American Erotica" (New York Times), Bright's life story has been shaped as much by America's sexual awakening as the national sexual landscape has been altered by Bright herself.
In Big Sex Little Death, Bright introduces us to her influences and experiences, including her early involvement with notorious high-school radicals The Red Tide as well as the magazine she co-founded in the 1980s, On Our Backs, the first-ever erotic magazine created by women, which turned the lesbian and bisexual community upside down before it took the "straight" world by storm.
Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly true to life.
BONUS AUDIO: This edition includes a conversation between Susie Bright and journalist Doug Henwood, recorded live at The Strand bookstore in New York City during Susie's Big Sex Little Death book tour.

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What the Critics Say

"Susie Bright's real life is just as compelling - more compelling - than her sex life. And that's saying something." (Dan Savage)
"Big Sex Little Death is subtle, hot, enthralling, raw and tender - I loved it. Susie Bright is a national treasure." (Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher, Talking Points Memo)
"The best-named writer in America, Susie Bright has written a witty, wise, and enlightening memoir." (Erica Jong)

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Inspiring, thought provoking and very well crafted

I so enjoyed Susie Bright's memoir made extra special through her narration of it. Susie unfolds the nuances of many of her most significant relationships and the course of her unconventional coming of age, her education (the richest parts taking place outside of actual school), and the development of her life's work. Her story provides insight into significant but under-documented aspects of grassroots history - particularly her experiences as a young labor movement activist and as a feminist pornographer. Susie has provided her story with clarity, compassion, tremendous insight and inspiration. She has really chosen to live a life worth living and done work worth doing and she is able to share this with us through her masterful craft. Susie stayed focused in this volume and it feels to me that there is even more to her story that we may get to read about in a future volume. I would love to have more from where this came from!
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- Adrienne

Interesting but Superficial

As someone with limited knowledge about the author and her world, I found the book interesting but much too scattered and lacking in details. For instance, when she writes about the split in a socialist group she was active in, we get the following sentence: "We'd dodged gunfire and been put in handcuffs and stood up in court together ..." Well, those certainly sound like some interesting events, but that sentence is the only reference to them in the book.

Only in the later chapters about the magazine On Our Backs, and to some extent the author's general words about parenting, did I get a sense that the book was more than a random first draft of whichever memories occurred to her. She acknowledges that she greatly compressed time in the book and that some characters are composites, and that she hopes others will write about the events. So this makes for a fast but far from authoritative read.

Having lived in Duluth for quite a few years I did get a chuckle from a paragraph about Minnesota's Iron Range where her mother died and Bob Dylan grew up. She writes that if you think Dylan is an enigma, you just haven't met other Rangers--they're all like that.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios