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Liz Earls. Days of the Cougar

Hardcover, 6.5 x 8.8 in., 2.43 lb, 320 pages
US$ 39.99
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Meet Liz Earls, who at the age of 40 turned her life around and became an erotic photographer, charting an odyssey of midlife sexual delights with younger men. Sexy, shocking, and surprisingly loving, Days of the Cougar reworks our notions of age and attraction, and will inspire anyone feeling trapped by society’s expectations.

Kitty Got Claws

Liz Earls’s road to sexual liberation

A cougar, as defined by the Urban Dictionary, is “A 35+-year-old female who is on the hunt for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male.” For Liz Earls that “anything” must include collaborating in her quest to capture authentic human passion. Since losing 100 pounds at age 40, quitting her straight job, and embarking on a career as an erotic photographer, Earls has documented her sexual experiences with dozens of men.

Her work has been described as a midlife version of Natacha Merritt’s Digital Diaries, as intensely personal, and as sexually unbounded. She speculates that a woman who has as much sex as she does—four to six times a day with multiple partners—creates an aura that draws new men to her. It seems to be true, as Days of the Cougar graphically illustrates in over 250 photographs of Earls seducing men from 19 to 32 years of age.

When she decided to devote the second half of her life to pleasure, Earls realized that, “If I just shot on the sidelines as an observer it would be boring. I had to feel it too, to put everything I’d recently learned about my sexuality into it.” She never deviates from this path, exploring every aspect of her lust for young men in graphic color and black-and-white photos, accompanied by diary entries, e-mails, and text messages shared with her eager prey. Sexy, shocking, and surprisingly loving, Days of the Cougar reworks our notions of age and attraction, and will inspire anyone feeling trapped by society’s expectations.
The photographer

Liz Earls was born in 1961, and raised in Alameda, California, New Zealand and Australia. After an early marriage and two children she worked at various office jobs, before embarking on her new life of sexual license and erotic photography in 2005. Her home base is currently Los Angeles, where she documents her adventures on her website fantasycapture.com.

The editor

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Psychedelic Sex, and Ren Hang.

Liz Earls. Days of the Cougar
Hardcover, 6.5 x 8.8 in., 2.43 lb, 320 pages
Liz Earls. Days of the Cougar
Liz Earls.
Days of the Cougar
US$ 39.99
Liz Earls. Days of the Cougar
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