Monday, July 19, 2010

How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

Book Club... And Then Some!

How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do     


by Sharon Moalem

Book Review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.
Although the title might suggest otherwise, this is a research book with 28 pages of “Notes,” for a 288-page book.

It is well written, highly informative, and a compelling read.

What I most appreciated were Moalem’s frank and open discussions of everything from contraception and fertility to menopause, homosexuality, and orgasms. 

The research and studies Moalem cites are overwhelming, and his explanations and descriptions are easy to comprehend.

One of the reviewers at writes, “I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was nice to be able to pick up a book on the subject of sex and actually learn something new. It made me think of sex in a new perspective. Information was referenced with numerous research studies and examples. I also appreciated the author's writing style, and found the chapter titles brilliant. Very engaging!”

Another reviewer writes, “How Sex Works is an entertaining and amusing comprehensive review of culture, biology, and history and their intricate connection to today's understanding of sexuality. The book examines recent research concepts, debunks old myths, and defies the common boundaries and understanding of sexuality.”

As you’ve gathered from these two reviewers and mine, this is a must-read book for everyone since it introduces new ideas, dispels numerous myths, and because of his synthesis of culture, biology, and history, he takes readers “far beyond our common understanding of sex.” 


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