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Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? by [Bering, Jesse]
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This book could fuel a score of dinner-party conversations this is more than some scientific stocking-filler: it uses science to unsettle our most embedded assumptions. It is deeply thought-provoking. Sunday Times (UK)

Excellent in its entirety, woven of Bering's rare tapestry of scientific rigor and a powerful, articulate social point of view. Brain Pickings

You must buy [Bering's book] to be both entertained and the life and soul of cocktail parties from now til the end of the world. Jezebel

Bering's jokes about the things that make us most squeamish invite us to share his joyful curiosity about human sexuality, to see the world through his eyes...As Bering describes it, the complex interplay between biology, psychology, and culture suggests that what makes us most human--empathy--is also what makes us the most complicated beast of all. Bookforum

While remaining strictly true to the scientific facts of any given issue, Bering keeps readers on their toes with his signature salacious quips and stray, juicy peeks at his personal life. Carl Hays, Booklist

Anyone familiar with [Bering's] columns knows the goofy, self-deprecatory way he has of digesting lofty concepts. This book . . . is a prime specimen. Newcity Lit

These entertaining essays offer a cornucopia of ideas that will reward readers with hours of conversational gambits. Publishers Weekly

Anyone interested in reading about the latest developments in sex research told with a generous dose of self-deprecating humor will enjoy this essay collection. Library Journal

An accessible, lively, thought-provoking book for anyone curious about what it means to be human. Kirkus

Bering has a well-researched, erudite response that teaches more about whatever sex-related topic is at hand than quite a few books I've come across. I have yet to come away from reading one of his essays or responses to reader questions and not feel considerably better informed than I was just minutes before. Be sure to also check out his latest book David DiSalvo, "Six Writers Who Know More About Sex Than You Do (So Read Them)" on Forbes.com

Jesse Bering is the Hunter S. Thompson of science writing, and he is a delight to read--funny, smart, and madly provocative. Paul Bloom, Professor, Yale University, and author of How Pleasure Works

Jesse Bering is the intellectual spawn of Helen Fisher and Oliver Sacks, and Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? is brainy, informative, compassionate--and hilariously naughty. Amy Dickinson, New York Times bestselling author and NPR personality

If David Sedaris were an experimental psychologist, he'd be writing essays very much like these. Bering's unique blend of scientific knowledge, sense of humor, intellectual courage, and pure literary skill is immediately recognizable; no one writes quite the way Bering does. Read this book. You'll learn, laugh, and then learn some more. Christopher Ryan, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn

Nothing sacred is spared in Jesse Bering's deft, rivetingly informative, and relentlessly hilarious new book. Bering's addictive curiosity and wry, dexterous humor make this a collection that's as funny as it is impossible to put down. Violet Blue, award-winning author and sex educator

Bering has an uncanny way with words, an incisive capacity for logical thinking, and a stunning talent for breathing new life and enthusiasm into science. Gordon Gallup

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"This book could fuel a score of dinner-party conversations...this is more than some scientific stocking-filler: it uses science to unsettle our most embedded assumptions. It is deeply thought-provoking." --Sunday Times (UK)

"Excellent in its entirety, woven of Bering's rare tapestry of scientific rigor and a powerful, articulate social point of view." --Brain Pickings

"You must buy [Bering's book] to be both entertained and the life and soul of cocktail parties from now 'til the end of the world." --Jezebel

"Bering's jokes about the things that make us most squeamish invite us to share his joyful curiosity about human sexuality, to see the world through his eyes...As Bering describes it, the complex interplay between biology, psychology, and culture suggests that what makes us most human--empathy--is also what makes us the most complicated beast of all." --Bookforum

"While remaining strictly true to the scientific facts of any given issue, Bering keeps readers on their toes with his signature salacious quips and stray, juicy peeks at his personal life." --Carl Hays, Booklist

"Anyone familiar with [Bering's] columns knows the goofy, self-deprecatory way he has of digesting lofty concepts. This book . . . is a prime specimen." --Newcity Lit

"These entertaining essays offer a cornucopia of ideas that will reward readers with hours of conversational gambits." --Publishers Weekly

"Anyone interested in reading about the latest developments in sex research told with a generous dose of self-deprecating humor will enjoy this essay collection." --Library Journal

"An accessible, lively, thought-provoking book for anyone curious about what it means to be human." --Kirkus

"Bering has a well-researched, erudite response that teaches more about whatever sex-related topic is at hand than quite a few books I've come across. I have yet to come away from reading one of his essays or responses to reader questions and not feel considerably better informed than I was just minutes before. Be sure to also check out his latest book..." --David DiSalvo, "Six Writers Who Know More About Sex Than You Do (So Read Them)" on Forbes.com

"Jesse Bering is the Hunter S. Thompson of science writing, and he is a delight to read--funny, smart, and madly provocative." --Paul Bloom, Professor, Yale University, and author of How Pleasure Works

"Jesse Bering is the intellectual spawn of Helen Fisher and Oliver Sacks, and Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? is brainy, informative, compassionate--and hilariously naughty." --Amy Dickinson, New York Times bestselling author and NPR personality

"If David Sedaris were an experimental psychologist, he'd be writing essays very much like these. Bering's unique blend of scientific knowledge, sense of humor, intellectual courage, and pure literary skill is immediately recognizable; no one writes quite the way Bering does. Read this book. You'll learn, laugh, and then learn some more." --Christopher Ryan, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn

"Nothing sacred is spared in Jesse Bering's deft, rivetingly informative, and relentlessly hilarious new book. Bering's addictive curiosity and wry, dexterous humor make this a collection that's as funny as it is impossible to put down." --Violet Blue, award-winning author and sex educator

"Bering has an uncanny way with words, an incisive capacity for logical thinking, and a stunning talent for breathing new life and enthusiasm into science." --Gordon Gallup

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Everything you ever wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask. Literally.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1470 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FY4P5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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