Chronicle writer Roger Gathman queries local booksellers and various writers on erotica they recommend.
by Lora Reese
St. Martin's Press, 352pp., $24.95
"This is her second book after Topping From Below. It is an all-around, jam-packed piece of erotica with mystery, a little S&M, and multi-layered in every sense of the word."
Slow Grind: Gay Men Tell Their Real-Life Sex Stories
edited by Austin Foxxe
Allyson Publishers, 256pp., $12.95
"This is a collection of real-life erotic escapades which cuts to the chase. Real life is stranger and sexier than fiction."
Let Them Eat Cheesecake: The Art of Olivia
by Olivia de Berardinis
Ozone, 107pp., $29.95
"I like the softness of it, although the subject matter is hard-edged -- it has an element of fantasy in it."
The House of Sand and Fog
by Andre Dubus III
Vintage, 365pp., $14
"Has one of the quietest, most subtly intense erotic interactions I've read in a long time; most writers think sex needs to be written with bombast, but the soft hand works as well on the page as it does in the master bed."
by Lars Eighner
Currently out of print
"This is a collection of interconnected stories about perpetually horny guys set in a steamy college town (obviously Austin), which contains a rich sampling of Eighner's sharp prose and his iconoclastic portrayals of same-sex desire. This is the book I read when I want to remember what it was like to be that young and that horny and living in Austin."