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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

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Staff Pick

Following her usual template, Mary Roach finds a subject in the scientific community that is equal parts fascinating and scandalous, and writes an extensively researched and thoroughly amusing book about it. Beyond the initial titillation stemming from a frank book about sex, in Bonk, Roach entertains and informs, both hallmarks of a successful popular-science writer.
Recommended by Lorraine, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

National Book Award finalist

A New York Times notable book

"A tour de force, a womderful, entertaining and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

After fifteen years in print, Woman remains an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling author Natalie Angier cuts through the still prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and assured narrative tour de force with a reliable grasp of science.

Updated throughout and with a new introduction bringing readers up to date on the latest science in evolutionary psychology and hormone replacement therapy, this new edition of Woman reinvigorates Angier’s joyful vision of womanhood.

Review:

"Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It's compulsively readable." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.

Synopsis:

In ?the best-selling author of 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.

Synopsis:

With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

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About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Introduction: Into the Light xxv

Unscrambling the Egg 1

It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell

The Mosaic Imagination 19

Understanding the “Female” Chromosome

Default Line 40

Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?

The Well-Tempered Clavier 64

On the Evolution of the Clitoris

Suckers and Horns 93

The Prodigal Uterus

MASS HYSTERIA 124

Losing the Uterus

Circular Reasonings 138

The Story of the Breast

Holy Water 162

Breast Milk

A Gray and Yellow Basket 182

The Bounteous Ovary

Greasing the Wheels 199

A Brief History of Hormones

Venus in Furs 217

Estrogen and Desire

Mindful Menopause 232

Can We Live Without Estrogen?

Theres No Place Like Notoriety 241

Mothers, Grandmothers, and Other Great Dames

Wolf Whistles and Hyena Smiles 266

Testosterone and Women

Spiking the Punch 294

In Defense of Female Aggression

Cheap Meat 319

Learning to Make a Muscle

Labor of Love 336

The Chemistry of Human Bondage

Of Hoggamus and Hogwash 360

Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch

A Skeptic in Paradise 397

A Call for Revolutionary Psychology

Appendix 411

References 446

Acknowledgments 463

Index 465

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Brianna Burroughs, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Brianna Burroughs)
This was one of the most educational, hilarious books I've read in a very long time. Her honesty, whit and dedication to both science and research are all the reasons why before I had even completed Bonk, I bought Spook and Stiff. I recommend this book so science lovers and book hounds a like, with one warning: be careful where you read this book, its difficult to explain what you're laughing at to a group of your peers during a WWI lecture.
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Lisa Brown, December 25, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa Brown)
not nearly as good as stiff, but i personally found it more enjoyable than spook. any fan of mary roach is sure to eat it up.
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Christy Valentine, May 4, 2009 (view all comments by Christy Valentine)
Although I have never before read anything by Mary Roach, this book has made me a fan. Roach combines an irreverent sense of humor with admiration for the science of sexology that's incredibly infectious. She acknowledges the salaciousness of the pursuit, as well as its importance within the study of general biology. It's a nice balance. The book covers various inquiries, framed by Roach's own questions, and it's always engaging. The author presents the reader with just as much factual information as is necessary (perhaps just a tad more than needed in the section about pig insemination) without falling victim to too much technical language.

All in all, it's a fascinating, insightful, and very funny book that I would recommend to everyone. Well, perhaps not prudes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393334791
Author:
Roach, Mary
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Angier, Natalie
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Subject:
Women's Health.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 illustrations
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 512 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393334791 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Following her usual template, Mary Roach finds a subject in the scientific community that is equal parts fascinating and scandalous, and writes an extensively researched and thoroughly amusing book about it. Beyond the initial titillation stemming from a frank book about sex, in Bonk, Roach entertains and informs, both hallmarks of a successful popular-science writer.

"Review" by , "Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It's compulsively readable." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.
"Synopsis" by , In ?the best-selling author of 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

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