Friday, May 29, 2009

Library Loot (28 May 2009)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Alessandra that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

A really really short list this Library Loot, for two reasons:
1) I walked to the library (about 25 minutes, rather pleasant, although it started getting windy on the way back).
2) It wasn't the main branch of the library this time, but the smaller branch along Grand Avenue. This one has a much more limited collection and a rather musty odor lurking around.

However, I did pick up
Bonk by Mary Roach
Having adored Stiff, I can't wait to read this one.

The study of sexual physiology — what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better — has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "the funniest science writer in the country" (Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women—or, for that matter, pandas? In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm, two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth, can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

Originally published in 1929, A Room of One's Own eloquently states Woolf's conviction that in order to create works of genius, women must be freed from financial obligations and social restrictions.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
I've been trying to get my hands on this for a while!
Out Stealing Horses has been embraced across the world as a classic, a novel of universal relevance and power. Panoramic and gripping, it tells the story of Trond Sander, a sixty-seven-year-old man who has moved from the city to a remote, riverside cabin, only to have all the turbulence, grief, and overwhelming beauty of his youth come back to him one night while he's out on a walk. From the moment Trond sees a strange figure coming out of the dark behind his home, the reader is immersed in a decades-deep story of searching and loss, and in the precise, irresistible prose of a newly crowned master of fiction.

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susan said...

Cool loot. Have you read, Sex for One by Betty Dotson? Beautiful illustrations and she is funny.

olduvai said...

Thanks for stopping by Susan. I've never heard of that book but I must say I'm intrigued.

Vasilly said...

Great loot. I have both books on my TBR list. Happy reading.

Eva said...

They all look like fun! I just read Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation, which was a hilarious look at sex between different species. By a scientist, too. :)

olduvai said...

Hey Eva

I'll add that to my list!