More Than Two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory
Authors: Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Formats: Trade paperback, Kindle, ePub, and audiobook
ISBN: 978-0-9913997-0-3 (paperback); 978-0-9913997-2-7 (ePub)
Price: US$24.95 (paperback); $9.99 (e-book); $24.95 (audiobook)
Can you love more than one person? Have multiple romantic partners, without jealousy or cheating? Absolutely! Polyamorous people have been paving the way, through trial and painful error. Now there’s the new book More Than Two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory to help you find your own way.
From Ancient Greece through the many dynasties of China to current practices of non-monogamy, people have openly engaged in multiple intimate relationships. Not until the late 20th century, however, was a word coined that encapsulated the practice, as well as its philosophies, edicts and ethics: polyamory (poly = many + amore = love).
For Franklin Veaux, who has been polyamorous for his entire adult life, the emerging framework and subsequent vocabulary for his lifestyle was a light in the dark. Candidly sharing his experiences and thoughts online catapulted his website morethantwo.com, among the first dedicated to the poly lifestyle, to one of the top-ranking on the subject.
In recent years, as more people have discovered polyamory as a legitimate and desirable option for how they conduct their relationships, Franklin and one of his partners, Eve Rickert, saw that there was a growing need for a comprehensive guide to the lifestyle. More Than Two is that guide.
This wide-ranging resource explores the often-complex world of living polyamorously. In it the authors share not only their hard-won philosophies about polyamory, but also their hurts and embarrassments. Living poly is not always an easy road, and they hope that by reading this book, you’ll avoid some of the mistakes they’ve made along the way.
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Dossie and I have been described as big sisters (if your big sister is a slutty kinky aging hippie); Franklin and Eve are more like wise neighbors. Think of the guy on the other side of the fence on Home Improvement, calm and wise and funny. Dossie and I write primarily about the sexual aspects of poly; Franklin and Eve are more interested in the day-to-day living part. Dossie and I like to indulge ourselves, just a little, in high-flown realms of abstraction and idealism; Franklin and Eve like to keep their feet on the ground.
—From the foreword by Janet Hardy, co-author of The Ethical Slut
It is a pleasure to read and is full of ideas helpful to anyone in, or considering, multiple consensual open loving relationships.
—David S. Hall, Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
Franklin and Eve’s new groundbreaking book is a must-read deep dive into the psychology, morality, and practicalities of non-monogamy done well. Buy two copies—one for yourself and one for that friend who is going to insist on borrowing it.
—Pepper Mint, sex educator and polyamory activist
If creating strong relationships where partners feel cherished, safe and fully able to advocate for their needs is something that you care about, I strongly recommend that you pick up this book. I’d encourage even monogamous people to read this book on the merits of the tools and guidelines it provides. Trust me. You will never read a relationship book that so challenges you to be a better human being to those you love.
—AV Flox, founder and editor-in-chief at Slantist
As a child, Franklin Veaux heard a fairy tale about a princess forced to choose between two handsome princes, and thought, “Everyone knows princesses live in castles. And castles are big enough for both princes. So why does she have to choose?” He has been writing about polyamory since 1998 at morethantwo.com, one of the top-ranked sites about polyamory on the Web. He currently has five long-term partners and lives in Portland, Oregon.
Eve Rickert is a professional writer, editor and mastermind. Her approach to poly has evolved over many years: from early experiences in high school, to first hearing the word polyamory in 1998, to her first swingers party in 2006, to her current three long-term relationships. She’s learned a lot of hard lessons. She co-wrote More Than Two to share those experiences with anyone who is struggling to maintain ethical multiple relationships with integrity, compassion and courage.