Author: Mary Roach
Mary Roach has established something of a career writing these little non-fiction nuggets. She has a delightful, carefree style with a fine mix of humor and inquisitiveness. This, her third outing, is about sex.
I think, ultimately, that the subject matter knocked her off her game a bit. While her previous books are also about subjects that are, to some extent, equally personal – death for Stiff and the soul for Spook – she appears to struggle more to find a distance here. The book succeeds best when she recovers her playful sense of humor.
The best way to see what I mean is to watch her at the TED conference. Be warned, some of the book’s best gems are here in the presentation, but there’s plenty more to enjoy in the text.