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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Customer Reviews

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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

big life, big voice

Such a pleasure, this is definitely a worth remembering life, and is written in the most direct and open way. Every chapter explodes with events, conflicts and changes, every chapter is a record of complicities we call life, told from the most optimistic, down-to-earth, refreshing voice.
From a point of view of a non-American this book also gave me a glimpse of a very interesting era, the beginning of American feminism.
Easy, fun, educating , can't wait for the sequels...
Here in Audible there seems to be no need to present Susie as the talented narrator she is, and praise her fluent language and caressing voice.
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- Goni Harlap

Book Details

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