Kayt Sukel is one of those annoying people who can do absolutely everything, it seems. She is an award-winning travel writer, food writer, and science correspondent, and has written for apparently every major publication you might think of. And today sees the publication of her brilliant book, DIRTY MINDS, which delves into the mysterious world of the brain and its workings when it comes to matters of love and sex. It has garnered glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Scientific American, and other similarly august journals. And with good reason.
Kayt (who is a friend of mine, full disclosure, blah, blah) was good enough to send me an advanced copy of DIRTY MINDS a while ago. I loved it. I’ve been going on about this book on twitter and facebook for a while now, and I’m excited that the day has finally come that the rest of you are able to see what the fuss is about. Here’s what I wrote on Goodreads:
“Kayt Sukel’s debut takes a long, hard look at human relationships from a unique perspective. With her background in neuroscience, Sukel examines what goes on inside our brains when we think about love, and sex, and all that good stuff. It’s a fascinating read. The brain is such a complex organ that much of the studies performed so far are not conclusive, but the book sheds a whole new light on some of the most enduring questions of mankind, which have hitherto primarily been the provence of artists, writers, and musicians. The collision of biology with the vaguer arenas of emotion and love is a compelling saga in itself. The author does a wonderful job of setting out the research in a way that makes it easy for non-scientists like me to understand. If this all sounds a little dry, though, don’t be fooled. It is an extremely funny book, and Sukel’s ultra-dry wit had me chuckling throughout. Informative, entertaining, relevant – who could ask for more?”
Highly, highly recommended. Depending on your preference, and for your ease of shopping, might I recommend the following links?