The Book of the Penis
by Maggie Paley
The almighty penis (a.k.a. dick, schlong, pecker, rod, tool, johnson, etc.) has long been a major object of adoration, revulsion, ridicule, amazement, joy, pride, and even frustration. But does anyone really, fully understand the penis? Novelist, playwright, and journalist Maggie Paley completely submerged herself in the obsessive world of this most forthright of organs --...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2000 by Grove Press
(first published June 1st 1999)
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Another edit: Okay so I finished/skimmed the rest o' this. Basically, it fails. I guess part of it may be me failing as a reader b/c I already know enough about dick for this to be very informative. But still.. I'm a snob and I maintain that a book that aims to be nonfiction should have, you know, citations. And not just make things up. There was some comment in there that was like "gay men like big penises and care more about penis size than straight women. also they have tons of sex b/c they a...more
There was some interesting trivia contained here, which has spurred me toward more authoritative sources. I do regret Ms. Paley did not cite her research better: we are given a mere "selected bibliography." Overall, Paley presents a passable overview of such a voluminous subject in an approachable style akin to that of Mary Roach.
Aug 12, 2013 Patricia rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a terrible book if you're looking to gain any sort of reliable information about the penis. It reads more like a rag-magazine than an actual book with facts. She even starts out the book saying it's just a collection of things she has heard at parties and a few facts she's picked up along the way.