Find out what books are popular for learning about polyamory. I’ll tell you who should read them based on your situation.
Everyone! Covers the basics of polyamory and goes in depth on relationship styles, agreements, jealousy, and more. It’s the book I wish I’d read when I started my poly journey, if it had existed back then.
Editor’s Note: In January 2019 Franklin Veaux was accused of abuse by Eve Rickert and other former partners. While we still believe this book is valuable for new polyamorists, read this book with the understanding that it was written in the context of an emotionally abusive relationship.
People of color and those who love them. Learn how to navigate polyamorous relationships while being a member of a minority group.
Everyone! Dr. Sheff is the premier researcher on polyamory and presents an in-depth view of the ways people practice polyamory. She admits she did not get enough voices from people of color–maybe the next edition? Read our review.
Science minded folks who want to prove that nonmonogamy has been common all along. The authors take an anthropological view of human relationships and assert that the modern view of marriage is unnatural.
Your mono family and friends. This is a short volume that explains the basics of polyamory and hopefully encourages a longer conversation about how and why you chose to be nonmonogamous.
Couples looking to explore together. This book goes over the basic forms of nonmonogamy and offers tips specifically for couples already involved.
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures
Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
Baby boomers. This book was revolutionary when the first edition came out, but anyone born after the birth of MTV will find it underwhelming and obvious. It’s required reading if only to learn how far we’ve come.
Poly and queer lovers. Tikva Wolf is a delightful cartoonist and her comics give an overview of all the aspects of polyamory with funny and realistic characters.