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Open: An Uncensored Memoir of Love, Liberation, and Non-Monogamy (Hardcover)

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An unprecedented exploration of polyamory, from an award-winning journalist chronicling her first open relationship with unflinching candor as she explores this fast-growing movement

“Krantz invites us into her deepest privacy as she explores her body and soul, fears and ecstasies, desires and disappointments.”—Dr. Christopher Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Sex at Dawn

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Los Angeles Times, Autostraddle, Electric Lit


Can we have both freedom and love? Comfort and lust? Is a relationship ever equal? And is the pleasure worth the pain?
 
When Rachel Krantz met and fell for Adam, he told her that he was looking for a committed partnership—just one that did not include exclusivity. Intrigued and more than a little nervous, Rachel decided to see whether their love could coexist with the freedom to date other people. Could they strike an exquisite balance between intimacy and independence, and find a way to feel passion for one another once the honeymoon phase ended?
 
For Open, her extraordinary debut memoir, Rachel interviewed scientists, psychologists, and people living and loving outside the mainstream as she searched to understand what non-monogamy would do to her heart, her mind, and her life. From exploring Brooklyn sex parties to the wider swinger and polyamory communities, Rachel and Adam attempt to write a new plot for their love story. But they also run up against miscommunications, ancient power dynamics, and seeming betrayals that threaten their love. In these pages, Rachel casts new light on the unique ways coercion and gaslighting manifest in open relationships, and finds herself wondering what liberation really looks like.
 
With an unflinching eye and page-turning storytelling, Open is groundbreaking in both its documentarian approach and its explicit subject matter. From debilitating anxiety spirals to heart-opening connections with the men and women she dates, Rachel puts her whole self on the line as she attempts to redefine what a relationship is—or could be.

About the Author


Rachel Krantz is a journalist and one of the founding editors of Bustle, where she served as senior features editor for three years. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Guardian, Vox, Vice, and many other outlets. She’s the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Radio Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Peabody Award for her work as an investigative reporter with YR Media.

Praise For…


“Krantz, a founding editor of the website Bustle, chose to enter a relationship where ‘nothing was off limits.’ But there were limits. Even as her partner espoused sexual freedom, he employed manipulative measures—and, Krantz admits, so did she. Her breathtaking honesty in probing the serious downsides of polyamory while eschewing outmoded patriarchal codes of morality should allow for an overdue dialogue about what makes any relationship work.”Los Angeles Times

Open is a smart, original, ambitious, and deeply absorbing memoir, in part because Krantz wants no less than to help us rethink the concepts of love, sex, and power as we know them. She succeeds by bringing us deftly and irresistibly into her most intimate pains and joys, stretching our understanding of what commitment and autonomy mean.”—Dr. Wednesday Martin, author of Untrue and Primates of Park Avenue

“Don’t look for easy answers in Rachel Krantz’s thrilling meditation-cum-memoir, Open, in which the political gets very personal indeed. Seamlessly shifting from a critique of evolutionary biology to the first touch of his hand on her thigh, this polyamorous coming-of-age story crackles with equal parts erotic energy and searching commentary. A perfect guide to our new world, the only problem I had picking up this book was putting it back down. Open compels, entertains, and may ultimately transform its readers.”—Terrence Real, bestselling author of Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship and The New Rules of Marriage

“Krantz offers an unflinchingly honest account of the highs and lows of non-monogamous relationships, beautifully illustrating the ways that opening up one’s relationship can offer tremendous freedom and painful imprisonment—sometimes at the same time. Open is a necessary addition to the canon of intimate memoirs, one I desperately wish I’d had access to when I was coming of age. It’s a must-read for anyone navigating sex, love, and dating in the twenty-first century.” —Lux Alptraum, author of Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex —And the Truths They Reveal

“I stayed up all night reading this book, and when I was done, I felt I’d lived another life. A propulsive and fascinating look at sex, desire, and intimacy, Open investigates what we hope for from our romantic partners and how eschewing conventions might help us attain those things—and the pitfalls we might face if we choose a less traditional path.”—Cara Blue Adams, author of You Never Get It Back

“In her frank, evocative memoir, Rachel Krantz delves into a complicated past and looks long—and in blush-inducing detail—at the relationship that brought her into non-monogamy. This book searches for the truth and rejects easy answers. Open is a feat of tremendous candor and vulnerability, and to call it unputdownable would be an understatement.”—Liv Stratman, author of Cheat Day

“Titillating . . . Krantz sweeps readers into a narrative that seduces and educates in equal measure . . . [Open] offers an alluring and insightful look at a life lived outside of conventional structures.”—Publishers Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593139554
ISBN-10: 0593139550
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English