Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


The study of sexual physiology - what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better - has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "the funniest science writer in the country" (Burkhard Bilger of 'The New Yorker'), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women or, for that matter, pandas?

In 'Bonk', 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 slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place. 16 illustrations.

Title:Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:319 pages

    Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Reviews

  • Manny
    Sep 23, 2014

    (Joint review with JORDAN, who's actually finished the book)- George?- Mmm?- Don't go to sleep.- Mmm.- You are going to sleep!- Mm-mm.- George, tell me something you did today.- Um... I read a book.- ...

  • Trevor
    Nov 11, 2008

    I’ve never had internet sex – there must be another word for it, cybersex, obviously, but I’m thinking more along the lines of keyboard sex. All the same, a couple of years ago (and purely as a ...

  • Michael
    Jul 24, 2011

    This book review has received a strong 'R' rating for disturbing sexual content. If you are eating, you might not wanna read this review right now. DON'T go into this book thinking it'll get you in th...

  • Petra X smoke fish no cigar
    May 05, 2015

    3.5 stars.This was like cup of cocoa sex. Sex is always good but sometimes you can't help hoping it will be over soon and you can have a cup of cocoa, maybe with cream. Marshmallows even. Maybe a spri...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Sep 01, 2016

    Mary Roach is always on her game. She is funny, and her subjects are all so interesting. The narrator of this audiobook was also on point. But while I enjoyed this book, I think my 3 star rating is mo...

  • jess
    Jul 24, 2008

    i audiobook'd this, the third feature-length scientific expedition of mary roach. i love! love! love! mary roach. i have bought multiple copies of her first book, stiff, and have managed to permanentl...

  • Geoffrey Kleinman
    Jun 20, 2008

    I really wanted to like Bonk. Mary Roach seems joyous in her celebration of the science of sex. It's clear she's spent (and thoroughly enjoyed) her time researching the subject, unfortunately the book...

  • rachel
    Jun 29, 2012

    One of my favorite parts in Fifty Shades of Grey -- by which I mean, one of the parts that gave me the greatest WTF glee -- is the part where Ana, still a virgin, is watching Christian Grey become aro...

  • Megan Baxter
    May 19, 2014

    Mary Roach takes her practially-patented whirlwind tour through the world of sex research. And for the most part, it's very fun. And occasionally cringe-inducing. But less so than Stiff, which had me ...

  • Michael
    Feb 01, 2013

    First she did death and now she does sex. Bonk is a perfect successor to the tour-de-force of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. She is brilliant in her ability to present to the average read...

About Mary Roach

Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Her most recent book, GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, is out in June 2016. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover