Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

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by Mary Roach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393334791

ISBN-13: 9780393334791

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780393334791
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
65,061
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading science writer Mary Roach is always a pleasure and this new book is no different. The Californian journalist surely has an eye for quirky and the downright sensational. In 2003, she ventured into the fate of dead bodies in her hit book Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers. After that, she wrote on theories of the soul in Six Feet Over: Adventures In The Afterlife. This time, she has outdone herself with the sexiest topic of all: well, sex itself. She takes a romp through all the history of the study of sexual physiology, tackling questions such as: Can you have an orgasm just by using your head? Why doesn't Viagra help women? Is the clitoris a tiny penis? Roach takes these juicy topics head on with painstaking research - just look at the endless entertaining footnotes - and intrepid excursions to meet some interesting personalities. For example, there is the visit to a Danish pig farm to observe farmers enhancing sow pleasure during artificial insemination for better results. She also goes to Taiwan to speak to a doctor who specializes in penis surgery. In another chapter, she and her husband volunteer as subjects in an experiment to capture a real-time image of human intercourse. Her husband chats to the officer during the observed sex to diffuse the tension while Roach takes notes. Her quip? 'I feel like a secretary in a ribald French comedy.' Indeed, it is Roach's eye for comedy and oddball interests that drive the book at a spry pace. The journey is entertaining and enlightening. Critics have said that her cleverness is a mask for bad organization and her smirky tone is a general turn-off. But one feels that real warmth and sympathy do come through in the book and Roach shows respect for research scientists who, in her words, 'endure ignorance, closed minds, righteousness and prudery'. 'Their lives are not easy. But their cocktail parties are the best.' We should not quarrel with a voice like that.
Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
Saw Mary Roach on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (she was a riot!) and bought all her books to read. "Bonk" (as in 'he bonked her') is about sex and the science practiced on the subject over the past 150 years. Somehow Roach found just about every scientific and medical experiment and study done on anything to do with sex and digested them all into this brief book (it could have been volumes.) She goes with the best stuff, the weird and funny stuff, and throws in her own wit and sometimes gross humor. The things some people have done in the name of research is mind-blowing. The 'results' are fascinating. Roach's take on it all makes you laugh out loud. I learned a few things, too. I might mention that we also saw Mary Roach give a TED lecture some time ago on the subject of orgasms. A 15 minute digest on the topic for the TED annual convention (you can find it and watch it on the TED web site). That, too, was a riot! And, unless you're a prude, you'll probably love this book and the lecture.
Whymsy More than 1 year ago
Not for the General Reader. Roach has a playful, but matter-of-fact writing style making a very charged subject more comfortable –though by no means relaxed. Her genius for chapter titles and ability to put her real feelings and experiences researching and writing this book made me feel like I wasn’t alone as I wrestled with my own colorings and impressions of the info she presented. Overall this book is quite the trip. I definitely experienced “What the hell?” moments that stuck with me. At times I laughed out loud and other times I cringed as my over active imagination supplied me with images I can never unsee. It took me awhile to get through it as I wrestled with my feelings on the wide variety of subjects and I would say this isn’t your typical one sit read. This book deserves a chance to be absorbed and thought over, not rushed through like a racer only looking for the finished line. Caution: This is not a book for the general reader and definitely only for older somewhat(which always is relative) mature readers, but I do have to say I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read and loved her book Stiff and was excited to find this book at a Body Worlds exhibit. This book was not a disappointment. Mary Roach and her hubby throw themselves into her research, and the results are hilarious. Another win for Mary Roach. Not a book for anyine who is not interested in human body function or for the prudish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the title certainly seems titilating, the book swings from funny to gross to amazing to unbelievable, and back again, too often to notice there's not much here for those seeking a cheap thrill. Instead, expect to find a new appreciation for those bold enough to study what are often taboo subjects, and she who was bold enough to write about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ihave to tip my hat to mary roach for this book. I like the way she talked about sex in a way that was funny as well as informative. I will say this book opened my eyes in more eays than one. This is a must read, its not for kids but one book that will stick with you for awhile
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Mary Roach approaches every subject with curiosity and humor. I love her writing! The footnotes may be my favrite parts.
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Love Mary Roach's work and this book was especially entertaining! Who doesn't like reading about sex? For purely scientific purposes of course!
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BigLar81 More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, especially if you love facts with story telling. I was afraid this would be a dry but factual account of the history of sex research! But it really is an interesting and most amusing and somewhat titilating story of the study of sex research. Although I am not sure i would have participated in the research in the same manner as the author. This is a fast and entertaining read, we'll worth the time and cost. Still the subject matter stirs controversy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this......so informative and hilarious as usual.
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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Bees do it, birds do it, heck we even do it. What am I talking about … SEX! In Bonk, Mary Roach uses her tenacious research style to see out the true nitty-gritty of this taboo subject. More than a mere salacious tale, Bonk delves into every imaginable area to human sexuality. From the traditional to the bizarre to the technical, Roach jumps right in with gusto in finding out the why. It can get a little bit technical at times for my taste, I did learn many new things that relate to the one thing we must do to survive, have lots of sex to foster a new generation. She covers the most complex phenomenal of the world- the orgasm. Bonk is a must read to those that want to get the skinny on SEX.
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