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The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle
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John Milk, the narrator of this book, is a member of Alfred Kinsey's inner circle, a group of select employees who help him with his sex research. The book is set in the time period from 1939 to 1953 or so, during which time Kinsey did most of his most noted research and published his two most important works, 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Male' and 'Sexual Behavior in the Human Female' . Milk does a lot of the interviewing that is such a big part of the work. He also draws up a lot of the graphs and tables that made the work a scientific triumph.Milk describes his stormy relationship with his wife, Iris, with Kinsey (whom he calls 'Prok'), Kinsey's wife ('Mac') and with the other members of the inner circle. As a sex researcher, Kinsey demanded that his employees not be 'sex shy'. That is that they engage in sexual behavior in an uninhibited way. This includes both homo- and heterosexual affairs with multiple partners.

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