Bonk by Mary Roach
The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

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A New York Times Bestseller



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


In ?Bonk, ?the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn't Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
 

About Mary Roach

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Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published April 1, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Apart from its considerable comic value, the book also emulates its predecessors by illustrating a precept of scientific research: The passion to know, in the face of censure and propriety, is what advances our understanding of the world.

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The New York Times

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Roach to reach for levity by asking, “Are people having sex, or are they just visiting Crate and Barrel?” At her most flippant Ms.

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The New York Times

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He is, his office manager tells Roach, a holdover from the 19th century, “when science was undertaken simply for the sake of understanding the world.” In cases in which the medical community proves ill equipped to respond to her relentless queries, Roach gamely approaches the corporate world.

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Publishers Weekly

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Roach's glimpse into the inner workings of sex, be it the orgasm, erection or even the use of Viagra on animals, is a refreshing and fascinating study.

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BC Books

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I knew that the scientists covered regularly in elementary and junior high science classes dug into the field of sex, but I’d never before known exactly to what degree.

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BC Books

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There is very little in the dim, red-tinted world of the squelchy stuff which fazes me, I consumed Kraft-Ebing’s Psychopathie Sexualis with a kinky gusto, though I hid the book when my Mum and Dad came to stay in order to avoid difficult questions over the breakfast table.

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AV Club

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Participatory journalist Mary Roach has made a tidy career for herself from breezy pop-science books with one-syllable titles: Stiff (what happens to cadavers?) and Spook (how do you investigate the afterlife?).

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Pajiba

A thorough examination of the research done on human sexuality that exposes the gaps but also discusses how much further along the research is now than it was just a couple decades ago, it’s packed full of information.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… Roach provides a generally lively, if occasionally smarmy, account of sex research, but she misses an opportunity to help us think about the values we place on research, science, sex, and, especially, good sex."

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Chamber Four

Though Roach has a gift for humor, she manages to highlight the significance of her subject – this type of difficult research has changed the lives of many people throughout the years, and been extremely valuable in the study of human behavior and psychology.

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Oprah.com

Packed with trivia, deeply personal stories, and wacky accounts of scientific inquiry, these 10 books about sex are smart, engaging, occasionally uproarious, and the source of some surprising tips to test when the lights go out.

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Oprah.com

Ever alert to "the cringe factor," Roach introduces her reader to all kinds of sexual arcana, e.g., the penis camera (invented because "you can't see the hangar when the airship's in the building"), farmers' pig-insemination techniques, and Napoleon's great-grandniece's surgically relocated clito...

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Dominion of New York

For Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, she went into the archives of sex research to explore the studies that started it all and into modern sex research labs to find out what scientists are studying and how they get answers to questions like “Can a person think herself to orgasm?” An...

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http://bookotron.com

You're going to learn more than you thought possible about sex when you read 'Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex' by Mary Roach – and you're going laugh more than you thought possible as well.

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