At 29, feisty sensation junkie Emily Jenkins is the queen of carnal experience. Her mission? To explore the mind-body connection by throwing herself into extreme physical endeavors: She floats in a sensory-deprivation tank, snorts heroin, shaves her head, and swelters in a Turkish bath — all in hopes of gleaning a bit of ad hoc spiritual enlightenment. Jenkins brings a wry perspective to her rule-bending adventures, musing on everything from sex manuals to Rolfing. Though some chapters in Tongue First aren’t as compelling as others (prattle about her ”beloved younger man” and alternative medicine falls flat), Jenkins’ zippy writing style and shrewd eye for sensual detail make for a spirited kiss-and-tell. B+
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