Size Matters - book by Three Rivers Press - review by Library Girl

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Size Matters

Book by Three Rivers Press

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Myths dispelled, like size doesn't really matter as much as he probably thinks it does.

This book is a good, contemporary choice, for reading about issues of sexual health and performance. It addresses the questions you need to know, such as transmission of sexual diseases, and the questions you want to know, such as what really is the average penis size. You can get answers about a lot of the questions that you really wouldn't know where to get a true answer from someone with factual medical knowledge.
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Pros:
Answers the age old question of "size". Addresses issues of sexual health and disease.
Cons:
Index could be more comprehensive. Could use more informative illustrations.
Rating by reviewer:
4
somewhat useful review

About author

The authors seem quite knowledgeable about the topic. Harry Fisch, MD, is a urologist and claims to be one of the foremost urologists in the country. The second author, Kara Baskin, edits the Boston Globe's Lola magazine and appears to be a backup writer to make the doctor more readable.

Content / Style / Audience

The focus of this book is male sexuality. Therefore, it covers male reproductive health, questions about anatomy and function, factors controlling sex drive, and what's normal and not normal. The chapters are broken up into general topics, with various questions answered in each section in a conversational tone. You can easily scan the chapter and just find the questions that interest you.

It's written in a casual style that makes it an easy, fast read. It would appeal to a variety of ages and audiences who are interested in learning more about male sexuality. However, it is not written in what I would term the "Cosmopolitan Magazine" style where every story features comedy and grossness. It sticks to the facts so don't expect shocking revelations.
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Design

The book would get your attention in the bookstore. The cover says "Size Matters" in large type on the front with a picture of red polka dotted boxers hanging on a laundry line. The back cover laughingly is titled "The Measure of a Man" with a ruler along the book edge. Oddly, the ruler is not to scale and therefore not useful to actually measure anything unless you want to give your man a confidence boost, but he'd probably catch on later. The text is divided by broad chapters and then addresses topics in a question answer format in each chapter. It makes the text a little choppy to read all the way through, but at least you could just skip to the question you were interested in.
Follow-up commentary
I went back and read this book more thoroughly than I did the first time. There's a lot of interesting factoids, with a couple of really bonehead questions too. My favorite was the woman who had a comment that she didn't like performing oral sex because a man's penis was too dirty from touching the water in the toilet bowl when he used the bathroom. This woman was either totally misinformed, or only knew men qualified to be in the porn olympics. So it's still a good read and worth passing on to a girlfriend.
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Comments
  • El-Jaro
    What kinds of topics in the book? Anything you really learned from it? Best part?

  • Library Girl
    The best part of this book is the opportunity to share it with your friends and then have some great conversations. What I learned the most is the amazing number of misconceptions about stds that really need to be cleared up to keep things safe out there.
  • authorzero
    I'm always skeptical of these types of books, but it sounds interesting.
  • tortilla
    sometimes you learn more from misconceptions........especially if you didn't realize there was more than one way to look at something
    thanks for the info
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