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Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
“Is it all right if I reach out and touch you? she said. While you read?”
Peter Rock, “Blooms”

Do Me gathers the smartest, sexiest fiction and essays from the award-winning journal Tin House. In this collection, the stories do more than just titillate; Tin House authors explore sex from all angles: first moves, breakups, blind gay cruises, furrie conventions, married sex,
Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 28th 2007 by Tin House Books
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Tracy Reilly
May 08, 2016 Tracy Reilly rated it really liked it
I am tempted to give this 5 stars, because I really liked some of the stories so much. Also the title: what sort of audience were the publishers trying to attract? And not just the title, there's this standing out in big letters on the back of the dust jacket: "DO ME GOES ALL THE WAY......" Stupid.

My Favorite stories were:
Michael Lowenthal's "You Don't See the Other Person Looking Back"--about a gay cruise for the blind, and it is very little like DFW's "A Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again". It has
Sep 21, 2015 Marc rated it it was amazing
Despite the title and cover, this collection of odd and wonderful stories is really about connecting with others... the strange odd dynamics that occur due to love, lust, jealousy, loneliness, etc. It's rare that I enjoy so many stories in a single collection, but these were oddly delightful.
Jan 30, 2014 Mike rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I assumed that this would be good writing even if the sex was on the order of People Magazine, silly me. At least make it Cosmo level...where is Susie Bright when you need her... Have you ever read those pretentious books where the writing is all about how it looks and each sentence is built to stand alone, lookin' good with style and grace for the coastal urbanites? If you want a story with writing that flows like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, James Clavell, Anne Rice you know, simple writing that ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Brandy rated it really liked it
Aside from the cover, this was a lot less steamy than I'd anticipated. All the same, it's a decent collection on a theme--sex as love, as romance, as power, as coping mechanism, as social anthropology.

This is a collection of stories and essays, but no distinction is made for which is which. I suppose it doesn't matter much--good writing is good writing--but fiction and essay are evaluated differently in my mind; distance between reader and author is blurred. The anthology is arranged alphabetic
May 01, 2008 L.A.Weekly rated it liked it
In a story titled “The Anthropology of Sex,” a 37-year-old woman broods over a long-ago affair with her literature professor — the man’s wife happened to be 37 at the time — and commemorates the guilty event by imagining that her own husband is having an affair. This sounds like a recipe for a stilted literary outing, but in writer Martha McPhee’s hands, the layers of the story slide together effortlessly like sheets of silk. Still, it’s not an erotic story, and not at all what one would expect ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Daniel rated it did not like it
First, I have to say that I don't know why this was even on a to-read list. Like many of my books, I probably ran across a review somewhere and something about it intrigued me. For this collection, whatever brought me here was likely much better written and much more engaging then this book itself.

I'm not sure what I was expecting ... some sex, certainly ... but I'm sure that what I was hoping for was stories that excited and titillated. Stories about people would be a must.

What I got were mostl
Jamie Felton
Apr 10, 2013 Jamie Felton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthologies
I haven't finished this yet, but I am about 3/4 of the way through. I have basically decided that I really love this anthology (barring that the last five or six are not disasters). I can't speak for Tin House; however, I don't feel like this anthology was necessarily meant to be "steamy" so I can see how someone who expected that might be disappointed. These stories are about sex or intimacy in some format though, rather than it being about describing the act of, they generally focus more on ho ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book is 348 pages, not 250. Someone please fix this.
Jul 03, 2009 Inga rated it liked it
Hit or miss. I skipped a lot of the stories after not feeling them for one reason or another. A few really hit home and made the whole thing worthwhile. For me they were "The Moves", "Jazz" and "The Anthropology of Sex". Other stories were interesting. As a collection, definitely not as hot and bothered as the dust jacket would suggest.
Mar 14, 2008 Beth rated it did not like it
Eh (or as Jess and Megan would say, meh). I couldn't really get into these stories. None of them really jumped out at me as being particularly interesting.
Aug 06, 2008 nicole rated it it was ok
Recommended to nicole by: someone at Tin House, obviously
I thought this was going to be more interesting. I'm not really interested in far-out fictional accounts of sex. If you are, this book may be for you.
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I would read anything Miranda July wrote. No joke.
Dec 14, 2007 Daniel rated it did not like it
Sorry Ivet - I couldn't rate it as high as you did.
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Steve Almond is the author of two story collections, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the non-fiction book Candyfreak, and the novel Which Brings Me to You, co-written with Julianna Baggott. He lives outside Boston with his wife and baby daughter Josephine.
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