Submitted by Anonymous
Friday, August 24, 2012
Book Review: Bonk
Roach, M. (2008). Bonk : the curious coupling of science and sex. New York: W.W. Norton.
“Bonk” is a lighthearted exploration of the intersection between scientific research and sex. It answers many questions that we’ve all pondered at one point or another, such as “do vibrators actually improve fertility in pigs?” or “what exactly is a vaginal photoplethysmograph anyway?” The author’s narrative style is very accessible to readers from all backgrounds; while Mary Roach is not a scientist herself, she includes enough references to current research to keep scientifically inclined readers happy, while maintaining a light tone in the narrative. She draws heavily on her own experience (such as interviews with researchers, and personal participation in various studies). All material is presented in a tasteful manner, and the narrative, while witty, is never crude or distasteful. All in all, a well-written book that’s both informative and good for the occasional laugh. Highly recommended.