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Dr. Tatiana's sex advice to all creation
Judson, Olivia.
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First edition.
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New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002.
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x, 308 pages ; 22 cm
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A sex guide for all living things and a hilarious natural history in the form of letters to and answers from the preeminent sexpert in all creation.

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.

Entertaining, funny, and marvelously illuminating, the book comprises letters from all creatures worried about their bizarre sex lives to the wise Dr. Tatiana, 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 all perfectly normal - so long as youare 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 at all. Applying human standards to the natural world, in the end she reveals the wonders of both.

Author Notes

Olivia Judson, born in 1970, holds degrees from Stanford and Oxford. A biologist and award-winning science journalist, she has written for The Economist, Nature, and The Times Higher Education Science Supplement. Judson is continuing her research in evolutionary biology at Imperial College in London where she lives.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Those looking for prurient prose may be better off browsing their local adult bookstore, but readers intrigued by the bizarre facts surrounding animal whoopee (and really, who isn't?) should pay a visit to Dr. Tatiana, the alter ego of evolutionary biologist and journalist Judson. While her wryly salacious tone makes animal mating habits and evolutionary biology pretty racy, the book still reads more like a textbook than the Kama Sutra. Judson uses a tongue-in-cheek advice column format through much of the book, forging letters from dung flies, iguanas, sagebrush crickets and rodents ("Like, what's the deal? I'm a sleek young California mouse and am so in heat.") to explore reproductive biology. The device can be grating, and purists appalled by anthropomorphism may find themselves cringing as Judson chastises a male splendid fairy wren for philandering, while pronouncing his paddle crab counterpart a "gentleman." Still, Judson gets high marks for her copiously researched data. Perhaps most compelling is her chapter entitled "Aphrodisiacs, Love Potions, and Other Recipes From Cupid's Kitchen," in which the roots of animal homosexuality are examined. The reader will undoubtedly come away with reams of fascinating factoids, such as the nauseating dining habits of tropical cockroaches during copulation, and the pregnancies of the male seahorse and his cousin, the pipefish. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Birds do it, bees do it, but the question is how. To answer, journalist and evolutionary biologist Judson crafts an alter ego named Dr. Tatiana, who passes out sex advice to all the creatures in the universe. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Dear Dr. Tatiana, My name's Twiggy; I'm a stick insect. I've been copulating with my mate for 10 weeks now and I'm bored out of my skull, yet he shows no sign of giving up. He says he does it because he's madly in love with me, but I think he's just mad. Could he really mean it? Sick of Sex, Bombay Who'd have thought a stick insect would be one of the world's most tireless lovers? After 10 weeks, I can see why you've had enough. But think of it from this point of view: by turning himself into a living chastity belt he can guarantee that no one else has a chance to get near you. At least he's evolved to be merely half your length, so he's not too heavy to carry about. But Twiggy, I'm afraid your suspicions were half right. Your paramour is not mad with love, he's mad with jealousy. His long copulations are the ultimate form of mate guarding. Scoundrels who love and leave may annoy the female so much that she throws their genes away. With the cricket, for example, as soon as her lover vanishes, she reaches round and removes the sperm he deposited. Instead of using it to fertilize her eggs, she has it for lunch. To have any chance at siring children, the male has to linger for at least half an hour to mumble sweet nothings and stroke her with his antennae. Excerpted from Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex by Olivia Judson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Agony and Ecstasy: A Note from Dr. Tatianap. 1
Part I Let Slip the Whores of War!p. 7
1. A Sketch of the Battlefieldp. 9
2. The Expense Is Damnablep. 21
3. Fruits of Knowledgep. 40
4. Swords or Pistolsp. 60
5. How to Win Even If You're a Loserp. 76
Part II The Evolution of Depravityp. 93
6. How to Make Love to a Cannibalp. 95
7. Crimes of Passionp. 105
8. Hell Hath No Furyp. 122
9. Aphrodisiacs, Love Potions, and Other Recipes from Cupid's Kitchenp. 132
10. Till Death Do Us Partp. 152
Part III Are Men Necessary? Usually, But Not Alwaysp. 167
11. The Fornications of Kingsp. 169
12. Eve's Testiclep. 187
13. Wholly Virginp. 212
Postscriptp. 233
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 260
Acknowledgmentsp. 298
Indexp. 301