Sex: A Natural History

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How much do you really know about sex? In Sex: A Natural History, Joann Ellison Rodgers unearths both the roots of our sexual nature and the expression of our primal urges, explaining what it is that makes us male and female, and providing fascinating insights into the biology and physiology of flirtation, love, courtship, intercourse, fidelity, parenting, and nurturing. She describes scientists' discoveries about how the hormone that triggers labor contractions keeps prairie voles faithful to one mate, how the brain waves of female mice change when a male comes within smell range, and how Harlequin paperback romances and fantasies can be arousing-and what these findings tell us about our own sexuality.

Sex: A Natural History illuminates one of the most powerful, and often misunderstood, aspects of human and animal existence.

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Whoa! Hold onto your seatbelts, kids, because Joann Rodgers is gonna take you for a helluva ride. Thought you knew a thing or two about sex, did you? Well just wait--Rodgers will have you rethinking every darned thing you ever learned (or heard whispered).
-- Laurie Garrett, author of Betrayal Of Trust: The Collapse Of Global Public Health and The Coming Plague

By turns smart, funny and eloquent, Joann Rodgers makes one of our oldest behaviors startlingly new. This is a beautifully researched book and, more than that, a fascinating exploration of the biology that helps define who we are.
-- Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Sex on the Brain

Sex provokes more confusion and controversy than almost any other topic of popular discourse, exceeding even religion and politics. Joann Rodgers, one of our country's most distinguished science writers, provides a massive dose of clarity in her new volume by adducing the most recent and sophisticated biological research to explain the origins of what we have thought to be uniquely human behaviors. Most remarkably, she provides comprehensive, rigorous scientific presentation with verve and so lively a prose that her book is as gripping as a mystery thriller. This is a "must read" for any intelligent reader curious about this most important part of our lives.
-- Solomon H. Snyder, M.D. , Director and Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University and author of Drugs and the Brain

Everything you always wanted to know about sex* but didn't know to ask, but you're glad Joann Rodgers did! (*how it came about, what it's for, his and hers, why it feels the way it does and so much more.) It's a wonderful book.
-- Sandy Blakeslee, The New York Times and co-author of Phantoms in the Brain

About the Author:

Author of five books, Joann Ellison Rodgers is director of media relations for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. As national science correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers she received the Lasker Award for Medical Journalism. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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