Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (Paperback)

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Taboo-schmaboo, Roach never hesitates to tackle the more risqué topics of our lives. An interesting, funny and slightly awkward read about the subject most of us are still unwilling to talk about.

— Northshire Staff

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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.

About the Author


Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, 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.

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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.

[Mary Roach] is a bold, tenacious, and insatiable reporter. . . . A greatly satisfying romp.

Roll over, Kinsey. Mary Roach has done it again.... Bonk proves that full-bodied research can be riveting.


Roach is a fearless and witty reporter.

[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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393334791
ISBN-10: 0393334791
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 6th, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English
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