Synopses & Reviews
A New York Times Bestseller
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.
"Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It's compulsively readable." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[Mary Roach] is a bold, tenacious, and insatiable reporter. . . . [She] has a knack for posing the embarrassing, nonlinear and too obvious questions that others are always afraid to ask. . . . A greatly satisfying romp." New York Times Book Review
"Roach is one of those rare writers who can tackle the most obscure unpleasantness and distill the data into a hilarious and informative package. . . . It's a wonderful read, sprinkled with facts you can quote to amaze your friends." San Francisco Chronicle
"Roll over, Kinsey. Mary Roach has done it again. Like Stiff, her improbable page-turner about cadavers, Bonk proves that full-bodied research can be riveting." O, The The Oprah Magazine
"Roach is a fearless and witty reporter." Wall Street Journal
"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
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.