Wednesday, February 23, 2011

let's talk about sex, baby

Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
- Mary Roach

I have a fond spot in my heart for this book. Not only is it written by the most compelling, most entertaining science writer to ever attempt to explain complex concepts to lay people, but it was a gift from a dear friend who knows my predilection for everything Mary Roach has ever penned.

I am happy to report that Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex is every bit as engaging as Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, which are the other Mary Roach books that I have managed to read thus far. Now more than ever, I cannot wait to read Packing For Mars.

In her signature witty style and with her insatiable curiosity, Roach investigates sexual physiology. She tackles the lengthy and often bizarre history of sex research, delves into animal sexual behaviour and fertility, discusses the pharmacologization of impotence and libido, observes penile implant surgery, and bravely broaches the discomfort of being a subject in more than one sex study. And considering that one of the studies involved Roach and her husband having marital relations in a lab, hooked up to monitors, under the baleful eye of the researcher, I would suggest that Mr. Roach is one of the most supportive husbands on the face of the earth.

Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex is a witty, entertaining, and often mind-boggling offering from the gamest science writer around. I wouldn't want to face Mary Roach in a game of dare, but I sure would love to have dinner with her.

7 comments:

Allison said...

I really do need to read some of her works. I've been curious since the last review you posted. Shall have to check out the library!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They are all really good, Al. I think Stiff remains my favourite, perhaps because it was the first one I read.
I can lend you Bonk if you like! Just say the word.

John Mutford said...

Without the subtitles, Stiff and Bonk make her sound like a one trick pony. And ain't that a trick.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"Trick" being the operative word there, John. Thank goodness for subtitles!

Emma said...

I love Mary Roach! I have this one on my Nook, but keep forgetting to read it lol... now I really want to...

phlegmfatale said...

Sounds fabulous. I'll def. have to read this one. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You will not be disappointed, Emma. This is vintage Mary Roach!

Oh I do believe you will enjoy it, Phlegmmy, quite a few giggles to be had between these covers.