Olivia Judson - Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation

from the publisher:

Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation is a unique guidebook to sex. It reveals, for example, when necrophilia is acceptable, and who should commit bestiality with whom. It discloses the best time to have a sex change, how to have a virgin birth, and when to eat your lover. It also advises on more mundane matters -- such as male pregnancy and the joys of a detachable penis.

Funny, quirky, and wonderfully informative, the book comprises letters from all creatures worried about their bizarre sex lives to the wise Dr. Tatiana (a.k.a. Olivia Judson), the only sex columnist in creation with a prodigious knowledge of evolutionary biology. Fusing natural history with advice to the lovelorn, blending wit and rigor, she is able to reassure her anxious correspondents that although the acts they describe might sound appalling and unnatural, they are actually perfectly normal -- so long as you are not a human. In the process, she explains the science behind it all, from Darwin's theory of sexual selection to why sexual reproduction exists in the first place, and, applying the standards of the human world to the mating habits of the natural one, in the end she reveals the wonders of both.

Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation marks the stunning, debut of a dazzlingly original writer.

"Human? Lucky you! You rate a delightful romp through the weird, wild world of animal sex, with a guide who really knows the, um, ins and outs. Eavesdrop as Dr. T consoles her clients, from frustrated fruit flies to lovelorn golden pottos. You think you have problems? You could be a green spoon worm who's just inhaled her husband, or a peacock ashamed of his fifth-rate feathers. Count your blessings, primate. Then read, learn, enjoy." --Melvin J. Konner, author of The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit

"Erasmus Darwin titillated eighteenth-century London with his poem 'The Loves of Plants.' He never knew the half of it. Dr. Tatiana knows how the other half loves, and it's much kinkier than anybody imagined. Never has science seemed more like daytime television." --Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

"More positions than the Kama Sutra -- but don't try this at home!" --Steve Jones, author of The Language of Genes: Solving the Mysteries of Our Genetic Past, Present and Future

"Who knew sex could he so much fun? But while you're laughing and gasping at the kinky courtships of the bugs and other beasts Judson 'advises,' you'll be painlessly absorbing a fascinating chunk of up-to-the-minute evolutionary biology." --Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

"A compilation of sex advice columns for lovelorn beetles, hyenas, and stickleback fish? You hold in your hands what is obviously a unique book. And also quirky, immensely entertaining, and wonderfully informative about the evolutionary biology of sex. A great read, even for someone as biologically mundane as a human." --Robert M. Sapolsky, author of A Primate's Memoir

"Thoroughly engaging and exhaustively researched . . . By human standards, much of this behavior is quite kinky! My favorite is the description of blow hole sex among Amazon River dolphins." --Richard Morris, author of The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul

An alumna of Stanford with a doctorate from Oxford, Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist and award-winning journalist who has published in The Economist, Nature, Science, and The Times Higher Education Supplement. She is presently a research fellow at Imperial College in London.