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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex | Mary Roach
A New York Times Bestseller Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. Its 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.
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Ekkross
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Fun and funny (as this author always is). I actually learned some things. I do think the footnotes were my favorite parts on the whole though.

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nicpears
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Amazing read! I didn't expect anything less from this author.

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Pedrocamacho
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I love this book. Roach strikes a perfect balance between seriousness, information conveyance, and humor. She writes like someone who was curious one day and decided to explore human sexuality.

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ChasingOm
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Well, plans changed again and my parents and I are on our way to NJ! 🎉

We‘ve got about nine hours in the car today, so I‘ve got my next #NFNov read, my Kindle (with all the Forward novellas downloaded from Amazon), and a few audiobooks on my phone. I‘m taking #MrBook1InAMillion #24b4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne on the road! 🚘

MrBook Safe travels! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
squirrelbrain Love the sea otters! ❤️ 3mo
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Tailsmalone
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Hilarious. Roach does a great job of debunking myths about sex, explaining how we know what we know, and exploring what we‘re learning now.

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Dolly
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You‘ll laugh but you‘ll also cringe to the max at some of Mary Roach‘s descriptions. Although this author has to go some to make up for Gulp and Stiff I think many will really give high marks to Bonk.

LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚 4mo
Dolly @LeahBergen Thank you! 🤞🏼For many years this day wasn‘t my best day. Cake & reading after a short workday today! 4mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 4mo
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LauraJ Happy Birthday!🎂🎁🎈 4mo
Dolly @LauraJ thank you, I now have cake so all is well! Happiest birthday to you too! 🎉🎈 (edited) 4mo
LauraJ @Dolly Thanks! I‘m cakeless...but I intend to remedy that later! (edited) 4mo
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ChasingOm
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After a long week of conferencing, my sister and I spent our Monday off at the beach! I didn‘t want to bring my Kindle, so I borrowed this one off of her shelf and now it‘s going home with me tomorrow. 😂

This definitely counted as meeting my “go outside” goal for Week 4 of #BFCr2. I love the water, so this was the best goal met of the whole challenge! 😍

wanderinglynn I love the beach and miss living near one. (The Pacific Northwest “beaches” aren‘t the same as SoCal beaches.) And overheard that book is great! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft What a great break after a busy week! 🎉🎉 7mo
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cherinium
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The snarky humor of Roach in this book cracked me up several times. The ingenuity and absurdity of scientific research in the field of sexual physiology and psychology is astounding. I'll never think of sex the same way again. 🙈🙊

Crazeedi I love Mary roach!! 7mo
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cherinium
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What a fabulous pic on the title page! 💋💋💋

Where #science and #sex collide. #nonfiction #currentlyreading

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MelindaOtt
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This was going to be one heck of a #bookclub discussion. But, my book club meeting fell on the same night of the 2nd round of debates. I missed it, but did read the book and now I know more about penile implants than I ever imagined.

This sounds scandalous, but it is actually far more informative and entertaining than scintillating. This was my first Roach book and I‘m sure it won‘t be my last. Should go for death or the digestive system next...

Megabooks This is my favorite! I‘ve read Gulp, Packing for Mars, and Stiff as well. 8mo
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bookwrm526
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I love Mary Roach, and this one did not disappoint. I‘m pretty sure I‘ve read all of her books now, and this one is probably my third favorite (behind Stiff and Gulp). However, I do kind of wish I hadn‘t listened to this one on audio, because of the subject matter, not because it was badly done.

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danimgill
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This was definitely my least favorite Mary Roach book so far... it still had her fun tone that I love but it didn‘t seem to come together as a whole by the end the way Stiff did.

Reagan I agree that Stiff was better. I did like Bonk, but not as much. 1y
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Literaturenut
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Panpan

Oh man, I wanted to bail on this book, but I was determined to finish it for a book challenge. The book was ridiculously heteronormative. And it seemed much more focused on sexual dysfunction than anything else. In truth, I was so tired hearing about erectile dysfunction and the weird things men have done to try to fix it. It‘s amazing Roach could make a book about sex neither interesting nor sexy. #nonfiction #getreading2018 #14of36 #audiobook

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britt_brooke
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“Freud was no fan of the clitoris.”

This, my second #MaryRoach, made me significantly less queasy than #Stiff (thank the gods). This was pretty interesting. Roach writes in such an easily understandable and humorous way; her asides and footnotes are so good.

I went back and forth between print and audio and enjoyed both formats.

CouronneDhiver Ha! What a title! 😊 2y
britt_brooke @CouronneDhiver I was just cracking up thinking about all of her titles: Bonk, Stiff, Grunt, Gulp ... my brain goes right in the gutter. 🙊 2y
vivastory I ❤ Mary Roach. I've only read Stiff & Gulp, but definitely plan on reading all of her books 2y
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britt_brooke @vivastory I‘m listening to Gulp on audio now. 👍🏻 Going check out Grunt soon. Really curious about that one since my husband was in the army for 8 years. 2y
vivastory Maybe he'll want to read it once you're finished. I can't wait to see what her next book will be. 2y
MoniqueReads305 Stacked 2y
Reviewsbylola I loved Stiff but then read this and Spook and was kind of bored. 2y
Reviewsbylola Oh, and Gulp too. 2y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola The audio helped with the more boring bits. I really think she‘s an audio read for me. I struggled with Stiff in print and ended up skimming some. 2y
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ChaitanyaSethi
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Bonk was a hilarious book from the get-go. It talked about how people have carried research on sex, despite conservative attitudes. I am leaving this book with an exceptionally high knowledge of vibrators, dildos, clitoral stimulation, vaginal orgasms, penis anatomy, and animal sex. Go figure!
#litsy #review #book #reader

Crazeedi I love her books! I have this one on my tbr, her previous ones are hilarious! 2y
cozynarwhal Sounds funny and interesting. I love that cover! 2y
ChaitanyaSethi @Crazeedi I thought it was a fun read. I also have her book on Cadavers on my To read. 2y
ChaitanyaSethi @cozynarwhal it was both, funny and interesting. She writes with wit and humour 2y
Crazeedi @ChaitanyaSethi I read the cadaver one, lol 2y
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youngreadrshelf
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Hell, yes. Mary Roach makes me laugh.

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JPeterson
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It‘s a homemade pizza, wine, and a new book sort of night.

Beckys_Books That pizza looks tasty, and I need the wine. It's been one of those days. 2y
8little_paws Can I come over? 2y
ladym30 That looks really good! 2y
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JPeterson @Beckys_Books It has! Is it Friday yet?! 2y
JPeterson @8little_paws I‘m sad to say that most of it has been polished off, otherwise, sure! 😉 2y
JPeterson @ladym30 Thanks! It‘s a balsamic, fig, blue cheese pizza. 😋 2y
Palimpsest Your pizza looks and sounds amazing! 2y
CouronneDhiver Figs? Nice! 👍🏽 2y
EricaReads Omg that pizza looks and sounds perfect! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#emojimadness #🔬 Immediately brings to mind the cover of this book. Not read the author, but I have Gulp on my TBR.

readordierachel She's great! Funny and informative. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @ReadOrDieRachel thanks, good to know! 🙂 2y
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Merethebookgal
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Another fun Mary Roach Book on audio! I must admit I didn‘t enjoy it as much as “Grunt,” but still worth a read. And this is another book I‘m using for my #ERMadLibs reading challenge. This will be my “Verb” choice 😉

cathysaid That title 😂😂😂 2y
Merethebookgal @cathysaid Right?!? 😂 2y
Daisey Great mad libs choice! 😂 2y
Merethebookgal @Daisey Thanks! 😁 2y
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chrissy.ww
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On my way to work with my current reading material - I've just realised that if anybody asks me about what I'm reading (while travelling or at work) that I have to explain a book about sex science 😂😂😂

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BookInMyHands
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This weekend is our book club retreat in Pacific City, Oregon - the weather is amazing, and our book club discussion has been quite lively!

Louise I love the idea of a book club retreat! Have fun! 2y
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CuriousG
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My kitchen audiobook buddy for the afternoon. When the hummus needs to get made and meal prep for the week needs to happen, it's audiobooks and a sleeping dog (AKA the sous chef) at my house. #hethinksveggiesaretreats

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HighLadyoftheStacks
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In this house we love and appreciate Mary Roach! The perfect mix of science, history, innuendo, and humor. I found myself laughing out loud and trying to avoid explaining what I was laughing at. #booksof2018 #maryroach #bonk

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SmallestAct
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As a biology teacher I talk about sex. A lot. Mary Roach gave me new facts and made me laugh out loud! I thoroughly recommend this book. Her writing style is quirky but gets the point across. I booked this as 'a book about sports' on #popsugar2018

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HighLadyoftheStacks
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Excited to start this. I loved Stiff and Mary Roach in general. #24in48 #bonk #maryroach

readinginthedark Mary Roach is awesome. 2y
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CuriousG
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Crazy stressful work week means I'm starting my reading binge this weekend with a good audiobook that in no way reminds me of my to-do list. #24in48 #24in48readathon @24in48

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HighLadyoftheStacks
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A quick look at my physical TBR (and my nug plush). I‘m trying to utilize my library more but I also love owning books and book shelves. #tbr

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AngieAvers
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I really enjoyed this scientific look at sex. What's almost as enjoyable as the topic, is Mary Roach's writing. She has a manner that is a bit quirky, and rather funny, given that she is writing non-fiction. I learned a few interesting facts, and actually hit upon some information that I had been recently seeking, but never expected to read in this book. It was a pleasant and timely surprise. I will definitely read more of her books.

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britt_brooke
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@leslieseidel this @strandbookstore bag is so beautiful! 😍😍😍 I‘m so excited for Bonk and for the Steinbeck. And these Vonnegut editions actually brought tears to my eyes. So thoughtful of you to send these for my collection! 💚 I love all the goodies. You spoiled me good - thank you so much!! #booktoteswap

GAustin Vonnegut! Awesome 👏🏻 love it. 2y
OrangeMooseReads 😍 envious 2y
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britt_brooke @GAustin Love him! 2y
Avanders This is awesome!! 2y
LeahBergen So nice! 😍 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Very thoughtful! 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez Bonk is awesome. I love Mary Roach! 2y
leslieseidel You are so welcome!! I enjoyed putting this together for you. 🤗 2y
britt_brooke @leslieseidel It was great timing, too. My grandpa passed away yesterday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, and it was a happy distraction. 💚💚💚 2y
britt_brooke @TheAnitaAlvarez I can‘t wait to read it! 2y
britt_brooke @Avanders @LeahBergen @CoffeeCatsBooks I‘m so spoiled! 💚💚💚 2y
leslieseidel I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Grandparents are so special! Condolences to you and your family. Glad the USPS came through for you (and me because I was feeling very guilty yesterday opening my box when I thought that I had messed up the timing of yours! 😬😉) 2y
britt_brooke @leslieseidel Thanks so much. ☺️💚 I‘m back in my hometown for a couple of days. It‘s nice to be with family. 2y
Suet624 I‘m so sorry to hear about your grandfather😩 2y
britt_brooke @Suet624 Thank you. ❤️ 2y
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8leagueboot
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I love it when I get to laugh and learn at the same time!

monkeygirlsmama I like Mary Roach. I need to read this. Stacking! 3y
8leagueboot @monkeygirlsmama it's my first time reading her and it is absolutely wild. 3y
monkeygirlsmama @8leagueboot My best friend and I throughly enjoyed Stiff. 3y
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katiekurdt11
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There are imagines that stay with you your whole life, weather you want them to or not. Here is one that I imagine will make the cut. A man in a blue smock and a hairnet walks across a factory floor with an armload of enormous chocolate-brown dildos. He is loaded down the point of absurdity...I want to trip him, not out of meanness, but just to see the penises fly through the air and rain down around us. 😂

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Blaire
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This is the first book I thought of for #onomatopoeia. Love Mary Roach. Stiff is my favorite. #jubilantjuly

vivastory Good choice, Roach excels at onomatopoeic titles, "Grunt" & "Gulp" come to mind 3y
RealLifeReading 👍👍 3y
Blaire @vivastory yep - so many to choose from. 3y
8leagueboot This is my first Mary Roach read! 3y
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Brie
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My favorite humor/science writer Mary Roach has lots of titles with onomatopoeias, covering the alimentary canal, sex, and the military. #jubilantjuly #onomatopoeia

britt_brooke Perfect!! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love her books too! 3y
saresmoore Yep, this is a great post for the prompt! 3y
RealLifeReading Great post! Somehow I never realized many of her books are titles that way 3y
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KarenUK
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#day10 #jubilantjuly #onomatopoeia I loved 'Stiff' and this one is on my TBR.... (love this cover!) 👍😊

RealLifeReading 👍👍 3y
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Oliveskool
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I enjoyed the overall book but is out of date for the science world

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Anei
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I listened to the audio book. Mary Roach is an amazing unicorn of a human, and I loved the detail and humanity in this examination of scientific research about sex.

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ndfisher
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I'm just going to leave this here.

rachelm Love Mary Roach! Haha 3y
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ndfisher
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Roach never fails to mix intellectual discovery and and educational exploration with witty, sarcastic humor. With this being a book about the science of sex, Roach was set with every opportunity to make middle school jokes, and she does in the best possible way. I learned and laughed the whole way.

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Welcome to Litsy! 📚🙌❤😊🎉 3y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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I like this better than Gulp, mostly because while she described people it wasn't so annoying as in Gulp. As with other Mary Roach books, this one is well-researched and not for the squeamish. This is particularly true for the parts of the book that describe various surgical procedures for the penis. I was surprised and yet not surprised in how fragmented our understanding of sex tends to be. We need to stop being prudes and make this happen!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Have you tried Packing for Mars, that was my favorite so far...and not too squeamish inducing. 3y
jpmcwisemorgan @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I haven't. I think I still own a copy of Spook and that might be my last book by Mary Roach I read. I was so annoyed with some of her descriptions of people in Gulp that I'm turned off her work. I read Bonk because it was checked out to me automatically before I could remove myself from the wait list. It was better but I'm not sure if it redeems Gulp. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @jpmcwisemorgan I haven't read any of her in depth anatomy books yet. But I did enjoy the one about the space program. I read it not long after I read The Martian, and some of the stories of the crazy things humans have done to test for space travel were quite interesting. 3y
jpmcwisemorgan @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Well now you've sold me. I have The Martian and will one day read it. That would be a good combo. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @jpmcwisemorgan hopefully you enjoy both of them when you get to them. 3y
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jpmcwisemorgan

Ok, after the last Mary Roach book I was determined to not read another one, even though I really, really want to read Spook. However, before I could cancel the hold on this one the library checked it out. I'm reading it. Her descriptions of people is less annoying so far so maybe it will be better than Gulp.

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iread2much
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My favorite Mary Roach book, this book can be especially fun to read out loud. And makes for really fun dinner conversations

Bette 😂😂😂 3y
BeththeBookDragon Her topics all make for interesting dinner conversation!! 3y
iread2much @Bette ☺️ @bethfriedman906 very true, but corpse talk will usually end a dinner pretty fast in my experience 😉 3y
TricksyTails 😂😂😂😂 2y
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Litlady
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My first Mary Roach and loved it! This def fulfills my non fiction and science reading for September (actually listened to it on audio). Educational, enlightening and hilarious! Love how she weaves herself into many parts of the findings and rightfully so. Tons of research. I mean, who knew!? 😳🤓 🙀 Putting her other books on my radar .. Mary Roach rocks‼️

Soubhiville Stiff is my favorite! I love her audiobooks! 3y
Litlady @Soubhiville ...aaaand putting Stiff on the ever expanding TBR deck! That deck is creaking and rocking big time .. Lol. Thanks for the rec‼️ 📚 👍 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled She went the extra mile with this one!! ❤️Mary Roach! 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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Currently reading stack. Some of everything, really. Short stories, poetry, science, memoir, fiction. #am reading #Augustofpages #bookphotochallenge Day 27

BekahB I really liked After the People Lights Have Gone Off! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @BekahB I'm savoring it, parceling out the stories. 3y
TheLondonBookworm On Bowie 😍😍😍 3y
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LauraJ
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#favefemalecharacter Mary Roach definitely writes herself as a character. And SHE ROCKS!!! #augustphotochallenge

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LizGotauco
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This was a lot of fun. It's written in a way that you can bounce around between chapters if there are subjects you find less interesting than others. Though most subjects around sex are pretty interesting. Focuses mostly on heterosexual studies. Bonus kitten reading companion! #24in48readathon #24in48

Ian I just bought this today! I'm a little disappointed to hear it's mostly focused on hetero stuff I was hoping for a more comprehensive view. But I'm still excited to try it out. 4y
LizGotauco The last chapter opens up on some interesting studies w/homosexual couples! There's also a lot on solo body responses to sexual stimuli and stuff so I don't think it would be totally alienating...also I'm reading as hetero so take my observations w/a grain? 😀 4y
WordWaller For some reason I missed this one of Roach's (not reading, but shelving, as I work in a bookstore and see her EVERYwhere) 4y
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LizGotauco
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I would read more nonfiction if it was all this entertaining. I guess that means I'm asking for nonfiction recs similar to Roach's style! #24in48

ndfisher Those are two of my favorite blurbs from the book. 3y
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LizGotauco
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Lit my "Library" scented candle for the next book: a fairly unsexy look at sex. I'm finishing it up, having been reading off and on for a couple months. #24in48

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rdkate
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Met my science book requirement for the read harder challenge, learned and laughed a lot, too. she's amazing!

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mahasoor
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I don't have a problem. I CAN QUIT ANYTIME. I figured if Stiff was great, so should be the rest of them. >.>

Leelee08 Mary Roach rocks!!! 4y
mahasoor I've only read Stiff but considering how much I reference it in regular conversation, I can't believe I've waited so long to read her other stuff. Which one should I read first! 4y
hike.read.repeat Mary Roach collection goals! 4y
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Interesting.

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