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

by Mary Roach

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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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Loved it! My first Mary Roach book and have more on the to-be-read-list (Up next: ‘Stiff’ and ‘Grunt’). She writes super accessible and very entertaining. I learned a lot, while also being very amused. Definitely recommend. ( )
  typefetishist | Sep 16, 2023 |
I have read several books by Mary Roach who writes about non-fiction subjects and she is never boring. This book talks about all things surrounding the science of sex. Very interesting! ( )
  JulieLill | Sep 7, 2023 |
I don't know what it says about me that I found Bonk much more cringeworthy gross than Stiff or Gulp. But it's true. I found myself crossing my legs and making uncomfortable faces more than laughing guiltily through it, like I did through Mary Roach's other work. Perhaps part of that is that the lurid fascination with sex in society meant that a lot of her insights were less novel than in her other books. Perhaps Roach had not yet found her narrative voice. Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood.

Nonetheless, Bonk is a decent book and would perhaps be even more well-liked by those new to Roach's work, with preset high standards. Roach certainly knows no limits in taking an active role in journalism, going so far as participating in a study on 3-D ultrasounds during intercourse. But I agree with my goodreads friends, who felt like Bonk had fewer "Wow!" moments than Roach's other works. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
LOVED IT. The different aspects of sex and science that the author explores are fascinating, and her writing is smart and funny. Just like in "Stiff" she goes a little overboard on the footnotes, with about one note on the bottom of every page. Luckily, these notes are hilarious or cringe-worthy (often they're both), making them worth the disruption of the main narrative.

Basically Mary Roach has been one of my favorite authors, and this book puts her solidly at the top of the heap. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Always interesting and funny and well-researched. I'm mostly laughing at myself that there were more moments in this book that disturbed me than, say, anything I've read about death and decay. What a very American squicky-tolerance I have! ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
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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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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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W.W. Norton

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

Editions: 0393064646, 0393334791

Canongate Books

2 editions of this book were published by Canongate Books.

Editions: 1847672264, 1847672361

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