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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (2008)

by Mary Roach

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I really enjoyed this scientific look at sex. What's almost as enjoyable as the topic, is Mary Roach's writing. She has a manner that is a bit quirky, and rather funny, given that she is writing non-fiction.

I learned a few interesting facts, and actually hit upon some information that I had been recently seeking, but never expected to read in this book. It was a pleasant and timely surprise.

I will definitely read more of her books, when the timing is right. I have many unread books on my shelves and have a goal of reading as many of those as possible before buying additional books.

Thanks go to my friend, Jennifer Stone, for recommending this book to me. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | May 20, 2017 |
Not quite as good as Spook. At times, WAY more informationt han I needed to know, but her footnotes are hysterical and many times I found myself laughing out loud. ( )
  ouroborosangel | Nov 30, 2016 |
Oh I'd give this about 1 and a half stars. The topic at first sounded interesting. But the summary doesn't really do it justice. The study of sexual physiology―what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better. Roach doesn't really provide answers to these questions so much as she introduces some bizarre topics, stranger than fiction animal studies from questionable "scientists", and dumb jokes in her footnotes. I found Roach's writing rambling and tangential. Her attempts at humor seemed forced and were annoying and unfunny. I did learn a few things but I expected more from this book. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
And Roach takes on sex and sex research. Fascinating and funny.
  hoosgracie | Nov 23, 2016 |
I will never get the hiccups again without remembering this book. ( )
  barefootcowgirl | Jul 29, 2016 |
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Ms. Roach does, however, clutter “Bonk” with so many long, chatty footnotes that she underscores how spotty and disorganized her material is
Surprisingly fun & informative, best when enjoyed with friends/spouse/significant other

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This book is a tribute to the men and women who dared. Who, to this day, endure ignorance, closed minds, righteousness, and prudery. Their lives are not easy. But their cocktail parties are the best.
Cheese crumbs spread in front of a copulating pair of rats may distract the female, but not the male.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393334791, Paperback)

“Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It’s compulsively readable.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.

16 illustrations

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Roach shows how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

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2 editions of this book were published by W.W. Norton.

Editions: 0393064646, 0393334791

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