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The Joy of Sexuslust, love, & longing in the ancient world Publishers Weekly starred review: “Vibrant, playful…a snappy ride into the stunning, sometimes barbaric, and always entertaining sexuality of the ancient world. Not limited to personal histories, the book casts a wide net…detailing the extravagant and the plebian alike.” Advocate magazine: “Tales of the true practices of these polytheists makes 50 Shades of Grey look like child’s play.”  Bestselling author Vicky Alvear Shecter: “Delivers delicious morsels of ancient history with humor, intelligence, and a ‘wow, get a load of this’ attitude.” The Joy of Sexus is part of Vicki León’s nonfiction trilogy on the ancient world. A 40-year publishing veteran, León delights in historical detective work and her on-site research, calling it “the most satisfying form of time travel.” Walker/Bloomsbury publishers, 2013.Bibliography & online resources, index, 4 regional maps, over 100 b&w illustrations.Softcover print edition, 320 pages, $17. Ebook edition; available on all platforms. Contents:• In 89 eye-opening essays, historical detective Vicki León reveals the earthy, wide-open sexuality of the Greeks, Romans, and other cultures around the Mediterranean--along with their longing for love. From aphrodisiacs to the sex life of Socrates, it’s all here. Buttocks worship, female pornographers, love affairs from humble to high-profile, the ease of divorce, and the stinging penalty for adultery all receive their due--as do the humorous aspects of long-ago erotic phobias, from wandering wombs to romaine lettuce.   Also on tap: the fluid, non-judgmental views about sexual roles and gender choices held by some ancient cultures. For example, the joyous and liberated Etruscan society--and the “Do ask, do tell!” policy of Greek communities such as Thebes, home of the elite military force called “the army of lovers.” • A restless rolling stone who calls California home, Vicki León is addicted to finding the missing pieces of our past. After unearthing over 1,000 largely unsung uppity women and profiling them in earlier books, she now focuses on whole human history, exploring how men and women have interacted through the millennia.  
4000 Years of Uppity WomenRenaissance Faire founder Phyllis Patterson: “The Uppity Women books have a grand sense of history--and a grand sense of humor.” Author Riane Eisler: “Brings women to life in ways that make us understand their great courage and ingenuity in a time when male dominance and barbarity were the order of the day.” This rollicking, 238-page compendium contains the true tales of over 200 irrepressible women of long ago who broke all kinds of barriers. They invented. They created. They cured. They ran cities and businesses, bankrolled charities and religions. Some defied racism to become activists. Some defied society to become pirates. Chosen from the best and boldest female achievers in her four-book Uppity Women series, time-traveling author Vicki León takes you from ancient Egypt, Asia, and Europe through medieval and Renaissance times, then surveys gals in the Old and New Worlds from the colonial era through the late 1800s. Newly updated and lavishly illustrated, 4000 Years of Uppity Women is a witty and fact-packed history resource—and a hardcover bargain as well. • Published by MJFine Books  $7.98 hardcover w/jacket• Available online at bn.com and Barnes & Nobles everywhere Author Autumn Stephens: “As jazzy and full of attitude as the female iconoclasts León writes about! Smart, sassy, and superbly researched.” OpEdNews.com: "Engaging, inspiring, and humorous--and based on meticulous research." 
Working IX to VFrom Entertainment Weekly: “A well-researched and wry compendium of various jobs in Greece and Rome, from orgy planner to funeral clown.” From bestselling author Ruth Downie: “It’s a delight: a richly entertaining romp through the everyday lives of people whose world was, in their own eyes, not ancient at all.” Working IX to V is part of Vicki León’s nonfiction trilogy on the ancient world. A 40-year publishing veteran, León delights in historical detective work and on-site research, calling it “the most satisfying form of time travel.”Walker/Bloomsbury Publishers, 2007.Bibliography, index, over 100 b&w illustrations.Softcover print edition, 334 pages, $16.95.Ebook edition; available on all platforms. Contents of Working IV to V:Reading these lively essays, you’ll be amused, surprised and sometimes appalled at what men and women---free and unfree---did to bring home the bacon B.C. Some careers sound strangely familiar: plumber, fast-food entrepreneur, surgeon, wine critic. Others just sound strange: armpit plucker. Funeral clown. Dream incubator. Leon aims her research skills at the long-ago Greek and Roman workplace, revealing a fascinating mix of slave wages and careers to kill for. The 150 occupations she unveils range from archer-cop (an Athenian tradition) to water-organist (who often played her music on the sands of the gladiatorial arena.) She also puts a human face on the daily grind, profiling real individuals who built marvels--or committed heinous acts as part of the job. [if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE
How to Mellify a CorpseFrom bestselling author Steven Saylor: “In a world still poised between superstition and reason, Leon shows us that the examples of long-ago Romans and Greeks are more pertinent than you might think.” From Oxford professor emeritus Stephen Moorbath: “Leon’s penetrating account…brought to life through a huge cast of real people, from the renowned to the undeservedly obscure, and told with style, humor, and energy. A perfect combination: the ancient world seen through perceptive modern eyes.” How to Mellify a Corpse is part of Vicki León’s nonfiction trilogy on the ancient world. A 40-year publishing veteran, León delights in historical detective work and on-site research, calling it “the most satisfying form of time travel.”Walker/Bloomsbury publishers, 2010. Bibliography, index, 6 regional maps, over 100 b&w illustrations. Softcover print edition, 336 pages, $17. Ebook edition; available on all platforms. Contents:In 88 page-turner essays, author and history gumshoe Vicki Leon presents a seldom-explored side of the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Greek genius and Roman know-how led to amazing scientific breakthroughs 2000 years ago: theatres with surround sound, the world’s first analog computer, and concrete structures (e.g., the Pantheon) made of nearly indestructible material. At the same time, it was a world deeply invested in superstitious beliefs, from daily evil-eye threats to ancestral ghosts.  • A restless rolling stone who calls California home, Vicki León is addicted to finding the missing pieces of our past. After unearthing over 1,000 largely unsung uppity women and profiling them in earlier books, she now focuses on whole human history, exploring how men and women have interacted through the millennia.
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