"One Woman's Bold Case for Breaking the Sex-Toy Taboo," Washington Post, by Vicky Hallett.
"The Sex Shops that Switched on a Feminist Revolution," The New York Times, by Peggy Orenstein.
“Buzz takes readers along for the long, hard journey (sorry, sorry) that led to the creation of the modern sex toy.”
- New York Magazine
“The unexpected and under-appreciated history of sex toys. A sharp commentary on contemporary society's ever changing sexual landscape and how sex is perceived, judged, accepted, and enjoyed with more variations than ever before. Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“Lieberman’s diverting book is as much a study of sexual mores ― and hypocrisy ― in the United States, as it is the story of a multi-million dollar industry. A jauntily written, illuminating history.”
- The Spectator
“A fascinating account of the way sex toys have touched feminists, queer communities, and American perceptions of sexuality.”
- Publishers Weekly
“In Buzz, Hallie Lieberman reveals the fascinating role that sex toys played in the burgeoning feminist movement of mid-century America. Lieberman’s history is an informative journey that goes from taboo to transcendence.”
- Shelf Awareness
“While you might think it’d be titillating with maybe a few nudge-nudge-winks, that’s not the case. Lieberman doesn’t do that to her readers. Instead, what you get is exactly what its subtitle promises: Buzz is a history of sex toys from ancient times to modern day and their use by straight people, the disabled, the LGBT community, and feminists. This isn’t a book to shock―it’s meant to inform and that’s accomplished, enjoyably. The prurient, the curious and pop-culture fans will love Buzz, no batteries required.”
- Washington Blade
“An engaging survey of a largely unconsidered history, Hallie Lieberman's Buzz gives America the long-overdue backstory to the grownup contents of its nightstand drawers with the flair of a practiced storyteller and the research of a well-trained historian.”
- Hanne Blank, author of 'Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality' and 'Virgin: The Untouched History'
“Fascinating. Buzz taught me I have brave and creative erotic business pioneers to thank for the wide array of sex toys on the market―and that I'm not risking jail time for owning a drawer full.”
- Rachel Kramer Bussel, Editor, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica
“A masterclass in how to make academic writing engaging and relevant. From Ancient Greece to Fifty Shades via a profusion of frustrated conservative attempts to police sexual activity, Buzz is at once historical survey and manifesto. Lieberman’s style is simultaneously informed and informal, often very, very funny, and occasionally deeply poignant.” - - Emma Rees, author of "The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History"