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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this book and I absolutely love Mary Roach. It's a great excuse to not only learn but get in a few immature giggles, too. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joey L.
Surprisingly disappointing given that I usually love her work. Usually she has a wonderful turn of phrase, sense of irony, and ability to see things from both the inside and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by kedwards64
Mary Roach does it again. Thorough and fun, her treatment of researchers and readers is both gentle and generous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shana Clines
This book is educational and entertaining at the same time. I laughed while reading, as I do with all her books.Published 1 month ago by SkeensOly
An eye-opener in some ways, very, very well-written, Roach is a gift.Published 2 months ago by Beth P. Windsor
Really disappointing. This was the least sexy book about sex I've ever read. And a lot of the information is out of date already.Published 2 months ago by Gail M. Karuna
Mary Roach manages to entertain while teaching. Lover her writing style. Very witty. My wife and I took turns reading this book out loud to each other. Brilliant!Published 2 months ago by Brooks
Bonk is ok. Not nearly as interesting as Mary Roach's other book Packing for Mars.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer