Reviews of books by Patricia Anderson
Passion Lost: Public Sex, Private Desire in the 20th Century
"Anderson argues convincingly that we can . . . create a culture that celebrates and embraces true intimacy, commitment, and passion."
—Barbara Coloroso, parenting educator and author of Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline and Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Your Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change
"Anderson is talking about something that matters, something that most of us will have thought about, in one way or another."
—Globe & Mail
"A lively, readable history."
—Halifax Daily News
"Any couple about to get married, divorced or live together should first have a look at Passion Lost so they can know what they have inherited!"
—Kim Martyn, BSW, Sexual Health Educator (Toronto Public Health)
"Anderson does an excellent job . . . [with] many juicy anecdotes she has dug up for our reading pleasure . . . Entertaining . . . salient and poignant."
"Thoughtful . . . and readable."
—Quill & Quire
"Playful yet insightful."
"Patricia Anderson answers the question that so many of us have on our minds these days—'What's happened to passion?' . . . a refreshing, entertaining, and very readable account of how . . . true intimacy seems harder to find than ever. If you're wondering how this happened and what can be done to restore the passion, this is the book to read."
—Josey Vogels, nationally syndicated sex and relationships columnist, and author of Dating: A Survival Guide From the Frontlines and My Messy Bedroom: Love and Sex in the 90s
When Passion Reigned: Sex and the Victorians
"Anderson shatters the myth of Victorian prudery . . . An elucidating frolic by an incisive historian."
"A bold and instructive excursion to parts that other historians seldom reach. This is a pleasure to read."
—Peter Bailey, author of Leisure and Class in Victorian Britain
"A rollicking, subversive, and massively entertaining account of Victorian passions . . . This is a brilliant and aware book."
—James Kincaid, author of Annoying the Victorians
"Victorian passions were much more exciting than ours are . . . When Passion Reigned is . . . always warm-hearted and . . . Anderson marshals her case well."
—New York Review of Books
"Creative . . . engrossing . . . A revealing window onto the private lives of our Victorian forebears."
"Continually engaging and brisk prose . . . A delightful tour of love and lust in the Victorian era."
—San Francisco Review
The Printed Image and the Transformation of Popular Culture
"An ambitious study . . . tracing the explosion of the printed image in popular media (penny magazines, novels, broadsides) . . . Anderson asserts that by the 1840s there was a transformation from a popular to a mass culture, crossing economic and social classes. This book . . . is well written and generally convincing, and her enthusiasm . . . shines through."
"Insightful . . . This book is very valuable."
—Journal of Popular Culture
"Written with great clarity . . . impressive."
"Closely argued and brilliantly researched . . . This excellent and original book should be required reading."
"Detailed and engaging."