Megan Palasik's Reviews > Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Bonk by Mary Roach
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Feb 06, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: bookclub, own
Read from February 02 to 11, 2012 — I own a copy

I loved this book! I read Roach's other two books a couple of months ago and I believe this is the best one! I'm not sure if that's because the subject content is sex (and who doesn't find that interesting?) or because this being her third book she has gotten better at keeping the reader engaged. Either way, I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book.

Bonk is all about the science of sex. It's not a pornographic book or a how-to. This is about what goes on in our bodies during sex, both men and women. It's also about orgasms and impotence and transplants among other subjects.

Roach e-mails, visits, and participates with researchers across the globe about sex. How is sex studied and who studies it? What is there to learn still, especially with regard to those who are unable to have sex (mentally or physically) like typical adults?

Roach has a very straight forward and humorous writing style that I thoroughly enjoy. She not only gives the reader the information she learns (ultimately the take home message - the interesting information without bogging down the reader with too many stats and names and details) but she also gives little footnotes of extra information which are usually quite funny. Sometimes they're related to what she's talking about, sometimes they're other bits of information she looked up in the same text that I think, "If I had that text in front of me, I'd look that up too!"

I love this book and all of Roach's writing. I can't wait to read her next project.

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