Curious Couplings. . .New Sociological Textbooks

About a year ago, I listened to a fascinating book from Mary Roach entitled Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

As a sociologist by education, I took a class during my undergrad time titled “Death & Dying“. Now to those who think it would be a morbid class, you couldn't be further from the truth. That's not to say that we didn't talk about death or grieving or take walks through cemetery's or morgues or write our own will's or obituaries or blah, blah, blah; however, as I listened to Mary's book, she presents the scientific research for why cadavers are used & how they benefit those of us still living. She intertwines humor with the data to make you want to listen – honestly, who talks to their cadavers & rubs their arms as if to tell them that everything is going to be okay – their dead, but that is precisely the type of information Mary conveys in the text. It's utterly fascinating, not to mention entertaining!

Once you get passed the Sociology 101 class, there are many different avenues a sociology major can pursue. I studied sport sociology, death, research methods, theory (so not my favorite), and a little sex & society. I am currently listening to Mary's next book entitled Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (great listen). This book is not for the faint of heart. It is graphic, yet entertaining. It is probably more information then you would ever want to know about either of the gender's anatomy, yet in some strange or curious way – she presents the information in a non-threatening / entertaining way that your ears beg to listen on.

If I were teaching a class on either “Death & Dying” or “Sex & Society” – these books would certainly be on the required reading or listening list.

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