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The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Mary Roach (Author)


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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33479-1
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Roach ferrets out basic truths and endless absurd details amid mountains of dry science on her chosen subject. . . . It’s a wonderful read, sprinkled with facts you can quote to amaze your friends.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“[Mary Roach] is a bold, tenacious, and insatiable reporter. . . . A greatly satisfying romp.” — New York Times Book Review

“Roll over, Kinsey. Mary Roach has done it again.... Bonk proves that full-bodied research can be riveting.” — O, The The Oprah Magazine

“Roach is a fearless and witty reporter.” — Wall Street Journal

“[An] account that is at once revealing—alarmingly so—and very very funny. She studs (forgive me) her journey with a multitude of knee-crossing bits of fact that will enliven bedtime conversation everywhere.” — Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City

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