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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Paperback – April 6, 2009
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The author's great sense of humor needs to be read to be believed. She spares no one, and particularly not herself or her husband. She travels to Taiwan to watch an implant operation. In one of the funniest parts[and this says a lot, since the book will have you howling a lot] she goes to Denmark to watch artificial insemination of sows. We know this happens with cows, and you might suppose that there's not much difference with pigs, but you'd be wrong, very wrong indeed. Suffice it to say that the best results occur, when, among other things best not mentioned here, the AI person lies down on the sow's back and fondles her teats during the process. You may never regard your morning sausage quite the same way again.
The author has a lot of asides that are a delight to read. If you usually skip the footnotes in a book, you'll miss a lot here. You'll learn a lot--for all the things that might seem frivolous, but which are not, the book is a scientific one. Roach has a curiosity, an appetite for knowledge, and has the capability that perhaps most scientists do not have, which is to mix science and humor.Read more ›
"To get inside a lubricated vagina, a penis needs to be hard enough to push against the opening with one to two pounds of force. That is approximately the amount of force required to open a swinging kitchen door." - Mary Roach in BONK
Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, the enormously instructive and entertaining book on the uses to which human cadavers are put. As far as I'm concerned, instructive AND entertaining is about as good as it gets. With BONK, Roach has outdone herself with a read that I couldn't put down.
Science pursues sex because, after all, it's what makes the world turn. Roach first establishes the history of the science, which pretty much reached mainstream acceptance with researchers Alfred Kinsey and then William Masters and Virginia Johnson. (An excellent film about the former, starring Liam Neeson, is 2004's Kinsey.Read more ›
To say the book is funny is an understatement. The author has a gift for puns and uses it to maximum potential, taking material that could be somewhat dry and turning it into page turning reading. If you are interested in the science of sex and love to laugh, this is a wonderful book that will not fail to deliver.
She travels widely to investigate any number of relevant topics. The subjects are both human and animal; and the use of a variety of technologies from MRIs, ultrasound, and personal devices receives attention. A major focus of the author is on the understanding and overcoming of sexual dysfunction, ranging well beyond recent obsessions with ED.
She does all of this with understated humor, even volunteering herself and her husband for some not-so-discreet ultrasound imaging. The book is definitely not without merit and is interesting, but it is scattershot - a little bit of this, a little bit of that. It tends to bounce along the surface alternating among the scenario, equipment, the science, the researcher, the participant, etc. More focus and organization are needed, but is still a pretty good contribution to a field that seemingly cannot be discussed forthrightly in the pseudo moralistic US.
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Wonderful book, I am using it to supplement my lectures for a Human Sexuality class.Published 13 days ago by CBS
Just finished the book. Took longer than her other titles for me to finish but it was informative with a bit of humor.Published 20 days ago by colin
The most fun I've ever had reading a "science" book. I love Ms Roach's writing style, intelligence, and sense of humor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by andrew allen
This is an amazing book by an amazing author and everyone should read it!Published 1 month ago by J.D.
Mary Roach has the unique and unexpected ability to make science fun and funny. I absolutely love her works.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was the first Mary Roach book I read. I was completely blown away by the level of detail and research that she went through to get to the hear of Science and Sex. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CaptLoveBug
This book is hilarious and full of very interesting realities of the field of sexology. I definitely recommend this to the curious and good humored, you won't be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Roach is a rare gem who is able to take any subject and make it entertaining and hilarious. I'm stingy when it comes to laughing out loud, so it's a rare author that can have me... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M.E.Evans