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to be gracious. This is a mostly entertaining book, and sure, what warm-blooded nerd can turn away from a neurological look at sex? (Though Sukel can't seem to decide, even in her title, if she means "sex" or "love"--they are, of course, not always the same at all, and the latter word can mean all sorts of things--and tracking occurrences in the brain is hard enough without a narrow definition of terms.) As I said, 3 1/2 stars... My 4 star review would go like this: interesting look at the hormonal and neurological aspects of sex and romance, though there are certainly better books if you are looking to really learn something about the brain and neurology (and the vagaries of actually tracking the direct brain-experience connection in an exact way), and her vignettes from her own life were kind of funny. My 3 star review would run like this: what could have been a more in-depth look at the brain and how the neurology of experience works sometimes falls back into the realm of easy factoids and pop science, and I wish she hadn't relied so much on anecdotal self-report. In short, I like the book more or less depending on how much I decide to expect from it, and I can't quite decide. I kind of knew from the title this wasn't going to be Ramachandran, Chang or Gazziniga, but I was kind of hoping it would be. So maybe... 3 and 7/16ths.
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