Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 319 pages
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The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.Mary Roach, “the funniest science writer in the country” (Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women—or, for that matter, pandas? In Bonk, 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 slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

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a very interesting read...

User Review  - moonahmae - Borders

not a boring scientific book..very interesting...learned so many facts!...reads like a fiction book...highly recommended if you enjoy learning about this subject. Read full review

Never a Dull Moment

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This is the third book of Mary Roach's that I have read, and she never ceases to amaze me as to how she can be so funny about the subjects she conquers. I was continually reading excerpts of her book to my friends after I calmed down from my laughing attacks. ... Read full review

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The Sausage the Porcupine and the Agreeable Mrs G Highlights from the Pioneers of Human Sexual Response
Dating the PenisCamera Can a Woman Find Happiness with a Machine?
The Princess and Her Pea The Woman Who Moved Her Clitoris and Other Ruminations on Intercourse Orgasms
The Upsuck Chronicles Does Orgasm Boost Fertility and What Do Pigs Know About It?
Whats Going On in There? The Diverting World of Coital Imaging
The Taiwanese Fix and the Penile Pricking Ring Creative Approaches to Impotence
The Testicle Pushers If Two Are Good Would Three Be Better?
The PrescriptionStrength Vibrator Masturbating for Health
The Immaculate Orgasm Who Needs Genitals?
Mind over Vagina Women Are Complicated
What Would Allah Say? The Strange Brave Career of Ahmed Shafik
Monkey Do The Secret Sway of Hormones
Persons Studied in Pairs The Lab That Uncovered Great Sex

ReMember Me Transplants Implants and Other Penises of Last Resort
The Ladys Boner Is the Clitoris a Tiny Penis?

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About the author (2008)

Mary Roach was born and raised in Etna, New Hampshire. She has a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. She spent a few years as a free-lance copy editor before she landed a job at the San Francisco Zoological Society turning out press releases. She then moved on to write humor pieces for such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated. Her article "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, in 1995. In 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award. She published several books such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and Packing for Mars (2010).

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