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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Moalem Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why are women biologically driven to find Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome?
Can more sex help ensure a safe pregnancy?
What effect does pornography have on a man's fertility?

In this compelling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem takes us on a trip from prehistory to the forefront of cutting-edge medical research, and through a bedroom or two, to tell the story of how human sexuality has developed over time. How Sex Works challenges common perceptions about our bodies and provides astonishing discoveries from the frontiers of science as it traces the transformation of sex across species and through time to its current role in human societies.

Find out the answers to such provocative questions as:

–Can the birth control pill influence the type of men women are attracted too

–What do men and honeybees have in common when it comes to sex?

–Why do hourglass-shaped women tend to be especially fertile?

–When are women most likely to cheat?

–Can twins have different fathers?

From the composition and function of human sex organs to the fascinating biochemistry behind sexual attraction, How Sex Works presents captivating new ideas and surprising answers to questions about contraception, fertility, circumcision, menopause, STDs, homosexuality, orgasms, and more. This is an entertaining, comprehensive exploration of culture, biology, and history that takes us far beyond our common understanding of sex.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moalem makes evolution sexy and sex astonishing. If you’ve ever been surprised by either your body or your heart, this book will probably tell you why.”

    Kinney Zalesne, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Microtrends

  • How Sex Works is a must-buy for anyone interested in the ins and outs of why, psychologically and biologically, sex is about much, much more than the mere birds and bees.”

    Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama 

  • “Packed with trivia about the evolutionary history, intricate mechanics, and nitty-gritty mysteries of sex, sexual organs, and desire, Sharon Moalem’s How Sex Works manages to inject science writing with the prurient thrill of a gossip rag.” 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Sharon Moalem’s new book goes far beyond the typical ‘birds and bees’ sex talk. The neurogeneticist delves deep into human sexuality and comes to some surprising conclusions.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Read this book and discover sex again, but from a scientific perspective, and see why it evolved. It’s almost as much fun and needs less energy.”

    Peter Macinnis, author of 100 Discoveries: The Greatest Breakthroughs in History

  • “An engaging synthesis of scientific research on why we humans experience our sexuality the way we do.”

    Rachel P. Maines, PhD, author of The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction 

  • “Moalem writes fluidly for the general reader, and when he necessarily goes into graphic detail, he does it gracefully.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A volume stuffed with information that avoids getting bogged down in difficult medical terms or complex biological concepts...An accessible presentation of sex not just as a necessary means to protect our species but also a vital part of a culture structured around love and pleasure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natasha | 2/18/2014

    " A good overview of sex and things related to sex. It did suffer from being too much of an overview. The book isn't long and is in larger print. Besides all that, it was an interesting and humorous book that still managed to be informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ocha | 2/13/2014

    " This was a very interesting short book on the subject of sex. While some of the newest research I have already read before thanks to the news media, there was enough in there that was new or obscure to keep my interest. A good coffee table book or something to check out from the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/11/2014

    " A bit of a slow read, as it is full of scientific jargon, but fascinating nonetheless. Full of interesting tidbits and information, written in a style that is both scientific and medical, but also easy to understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 1/25/2014

    " Fascinating stuff on why we're attracted to some people and not others (often for genetic reasons); and all this other cool genetic stuff. "

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