Few things are as fundamental to human happiness as satisfying sex. America's funniest science writer (Stiff) offers an ode to a fascinating and vital pursuit and a reminder that there is still much to learn.
Mary Roach is the author of BONK, Spook, and the New York Times bestseller Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Stiff was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for 2003, a Northern California Book Awards finalist, and an American Library Association Alex Award (for adult books that appeal to young adults) winner. Stiff has been translated into 16 languages, including Hungarian (Hullamerev) and Lithuanian (Negyveilai). Before writing Bonk, Spook and Stiff, Mary wrote columns, essays, and feature articles for Outside, Wired, GQ, Salon.com, and the New York Times Magazine, among many others. She has always gravitated toward the peculiar, covering things like Eskimo food, flatulence, killer bees, vaginal weight-lifting, carrot addiction, and amputee bowling leagues. Mary works in an office with five other writers in Oakland, California, down the hall from a cosmetology school which produces a lot of fumes and perhaps explains Mary's writing style.
Beth Lapides is an author, comedian, teacher, activist, radio &TV personality, and former First Lady candidate. She has appeared on CNN, Politically Incorrect, and HBO's Sex and the City. She's a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered, was Self Help Consultanton ABC Radio's Satellite Sisters, and hosted her own live daily talkshow on Comedy World. She's been featured on many TV & radio shows including The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, Dateline, E! True Hollywood Story, and Morning Edition. Beth's first book DID I WAKEYOU? - Haikus for Modern Living was published in fall 2006 by SoftSkull Press. Her writing has also been published in periodicals including the Los Angeles Times, Utne Reader, The Realist, LA Weekly, Premiere, freshyarn.com, and The Huffington Post.
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