Review: The Soothing Soak edited by Melcher Media
Author: Melcher Media (Editor)
Title: The Soothing Soak: A Bathtub Reader
Release: September 1st 2004
Source: Personal Library
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From the same team that produced the wildly popular “Aqua Erotica comes “The Soothing Soak: A Bathtub Reader, a collection of sensuous and spiritually uplifting stories, meditations, and poetry. “The Soothing Soak is the perfect companion for bathers in search of solitude, relaxation, and revelation, and features lyrical journeys of self-discovery by best-selling and prize-winning authors such as Diane Ackerman, A. S. Byatt, Lao Tzu, D. H. Lawrence, Barry Lopez, Rumi, Henry David Thoreau, and Terry Tempest Williams. Printed in Melcher Media’s patented waterproof DuraBook format, readers can take the book right into a warm bath and unwind with it. Filled with luminous writings that celebrate the balanced life, this book is the perfect antidote to a stressful day.
Recently I have been on an erotica reading binge, purchasing and devouring book after book. I’ve been searching for anthologies that put me in the summertime spirit, and what says summer fun more than water?
After being disappointed with the anthology Aqua Erotica, I decided to give The Soothing Soak a try. My preconceptions of this book were proven wrong, since this book is more of a compilation of water tales instead of an anthology of strictly erotica stories.
The Soothing Soak contains a collection of stories about water in all its forms. From poems to short stories and essays to meditations, each story delves into the world of aquatic pleasure told by some of the most lyrical voices in literature today.
I was very disappointed to find that this was not an erotica anthology. The summary of the book stated “From the same team that produced the wildly popular “Aqua Erotica comes “The Soothing Soak: A Bathtub Reader, a collection of sensuous and spiritually uplifting stories, meditations, and poetry.” I found nothing sensuous about this book at all.
That is not to say that this was a bad book, it was not, it simply seemed like false advertising and was not at all what I was expecting. Having said that, it is a very relaxing book to read. Once again, I did the dunk and water spritz test on this self-proclaimed waterproof book, and once again it passed with flying colors.
If you are searching for a sexy water read this book is not for you. However, if you are looking to read something that will relax you after a long day of work then this is most definitely the book for you. Some of my favorites in this anthology include Lazy Bones by Pablo Neruda, The Woman Who Had Seashells by Barry Lopez, The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton, and Neither Out Far Nor In Deep by Robert Frost.
The Soothing Soak paints a picture of tranquil waters and far away beaches, of beautiful seashells and fragrant tropical flowers. Written in a style that is both calming and captivating, this anthology is a relaxing read that truly puts you in the spirit of summer.