Bonk

Bonk

The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393064643
0393064646
9780393334791
0393334791
Characteristics: 319 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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elizabeth88_1
Jun 08, 2017

I am a huge fan of Mary Roach! She makes sex sound interesting, instead of just titillating!

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KennyBania
May 03, 2017

I'm a Mary Roach groupie! I've read all her books and this one kept me in stitches (no pun intended ... if you read it you know what I mean). But so many parts of the book made me shiver at her explicit but hilarious descriptions of .. well , you'll find out!

Highly recommended. Very entertaining! You'll be reading parts out loud to people.

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patterkidd
Jun 13, 2015

Super interesting. Roach approaches interesting subjects with with, humor, and a lot of tact. I was surprised and delighted at her bravery in not only describing delicate experiments and surgeries in the field of sexology, but in actually participating in some of them. Way to go, Mary!

lbarkema May 21, 2015

Not as good as Stiff, but still interesting! It just dragged on a little too long and was maybe a bit narrow-minded in it's topic. Warning though: it's VERY detailed about sex-obviously, so just go into expecting that and you won't be shocked or put-off :)

Radharc Apr 10, 2015

Another delightfully funny trip into the world of science - this time Mary Roach investigates Sexology. As with her other books, some of the best moments are found in the footnotes. RECOMMENDED!

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poodlegirl
Aug 07, 2014

I love Mary Roach and gave her other 2 books 5 stars: Gulp & Stiff. This one, which I was pretty excited to read (no pun here), was tedious. I didn't learn anything of particular interest...as I did in her other 2 books...and got tired of the limited theme. I think it could have been ½ as long and, maybe, I could have eeked out another star. Disappointing.

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poodlegirl
Aug 07, 2014

I love Mary Roach and gave her other 2 books 5 stars: Gulp & Stiff. This one, which I was pretty excited to read (no pun here), was tedious. I didn't learn anything of particular interest...as I did in her other 2 books...and got tired of the limited theme. I think it could have been ½ as long and, maybe, I could have eeked out another star. Disappointing.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

A savvy, hilarious, and educational foray into the history of sexology, Roach takes a taboo subject and makes it charming. Whether you enjoy the history of sex research (which involves a lot of ridiculous ideas, out-of-the-box thinking and research, and ultimately not a few good surprises) or just enjoy writing that is both eloquent and hilarious, I highly recommend this book.

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jmikesmith
Oct 10, 2012

Another winner by science-humour writer Mary Roach. This time out, she tackles the science of sex. Very little was known about what happens to the body during sex until the 20th century, when researchers like Kinsey and Masters and Johnson started making detailed observations and examinations. There were also other, less well-known scientists and doctors, some of whom had very peculiar theories. Roach highlights them all, covering such topics as the nature and purpose of female orgasm, erectile dysfunction (impotence was, for a brief time, a crime in 17th-century France!), masturbation, and sex toys. Roach even volunteers for a couple of experiments because most research centres won't allow journalists to observe other subjects in sex research. She does get to watch a surgical procedure that has forever changed the way I look at oysters and parking meters! Through it all, Roach uses her trademark wit and footnote asides to explore the language, mystery, and absurdity of human sexuality.

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tocch101
Aug 17, 2012

A good read with a good research and an appealing way of addressing the audience. However, it doesn't seem to be quite as good as Stiff. A well defined approach and understanding.

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wendybird Oct 24, 2012

Author Mary Roach has been called "The funniest science writer in the country" by veritable New Yorker staff, and I heartily agree. Looking for a dry, Hite-Report like tome on sexuality? You sure won't find it here -- but what you will find (and not for the sex-squeamish) is an often-hilarious look at the statistics & factual research behind many of our socially uncomfortable questions. I enjoyed this read so much that I will be tracking down her other best seller, "Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers", and "Spook: science tackles the afterlife."

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