From the Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival:
“Joe Quirk is a TV talk show darling for his hilarious non-fiction IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S BIOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF LOVE, SEX & RELATIONSHIPS, making him a crowd pleaser with his layman’s look at the latest scientific research that explains the biology of human courtship.”
“IF DAVE BARRY CHANNELED DR. RUTH”
From The Seattle Times:
“Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women: The Real Reason Men and Women are Different” is what would happen if Dave Barry channeled Dr. Ruth … Quirk has a knack for turning facts into entertainment: “Ladies, which would you rather do: run from Los Angles to Denver or go through a pregnancy? Both consume about 80,000 calories” … before you know it, you’ve read the whole book without quite meaning to do so.
“HILARIOUS AND INGENIOUS”
From Maxmen Magazine (Maxim in Portugal):
“The book is remarkable. A biological and philosophical theory about men and women, love and sex. Hilarious and ingenious.”
“THE ULTIMATE HORNY PRIMATE”
From Alameda Magazine:
“His style is playful, conversational, informative, both charming and alarming, self-deprecating as well as boastful. He becomes the ultimate horny primate.”
“READING HIS BOOK WAS LIKE EATING CHOCOLATES – I JUST COULDN’T STOP”
From Melodie Bowsher, author of My Lost and Found Life:
“Reading his book was like eating chocolates – I just couldn’t stop till the box, I mean, book was done. It wasn’t just me either. Charlie, my s.o. (significant other), picked up Joe’s book from the sofa, began reading it and finished it in one day.”
“THERE IS A QUOTABLE LINE ON NEARLY EVERY PAGE … “
From David L. Books, of the Bio-Rational Institute: Individual Freedom Through Science:
“There is a quotable line on nearly every page … Reading this book is not like attending a seminar in evolutionary psychology given by Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, and David Buss. It’s like having them over for dinner, pouring a little too much wine into them, and then getting a real education.
“Witty, fun, and wonderfully informative, you’ll finish this book faster than you finished any book on evolutionary psychology you’ve ever started … Highly recommended.”
“IN YOUR FACE, DR. RUTH.”
From Philadelphia Metro:
“In your face, Dr. Ruth. Move over talking-with-your-buddy over-a-beer-about your-love-life. When it comes to dating, Joe Quirk, author of Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women: The REAL Reason Why Men and Women are Different, says only science will explain the mystery of why he never calls when he says he will or why finding the G-spot is the ultimate game of hide and seek.”
“WRITTEN WITH CONSIDERABLE WIT, THIS BOOK WILL PROVIDE LOTS OF ANSWERS”
Of course, women will continue to be a mystery to men, but some men make a serious effort to figure out why. Joe Quirk has done that in Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women ($19.95, Running Press) which concludes that, yes, men and women are different! Along the way, however, he collected a wonderful variety of facts that explain the differences, why the two genders approach sex from different points of view, and in general why men behave differently from women, always have, and always will. It has a lot to do with biology. Written with considerable wit, this book will provide lots of answers.
“WILD KINGDOM MEETS DOCTOR RUTH”
From Publishers Weekly
Wild Kingdom meets Dr. Ruth in Quirk’s bawdy guide to species reproduction and the differences between men and women. Each topical chapter compares romantic relationships to sociological, biological, anthropological or zoological findings, all related in Quirk’s off-the-cuff prose. The easy reading can be attributed to the fact that Quirk isn’t a scientist, but a fiction writer with an interest in science and a knack for finding humor in explaining why people act the way they do. Chapter titles like “Why You’re So Horny” and “Why You Like Spielberg more than T.S. Eliot” set the tone for Quirk’s revelations on the purpose of body hair (”It’s to stink … Now we know why the French are so sexy”); promiscuity in the animal kingdom (”the faithful sex looks drab, and the slutty sex looks fab”); and art (”I look at Michelangelo’s ceiling, and I see a gay man’s erotic fantasies”). Men, Quirk writes, are “sperm spreaders” bent on spraying their worthless sperm as frequently and widely as possible, while women are “womb carriers” competing against one another to land the best sperm to fertilize a precious egg. Granted, Quirk’s book is far from breaking new scientific ground, but his humorous touch (not to mention the chapter on penguin prostitution) make for a readable and off-beat treatise.
From Howard Bloom, visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Education, New York University, author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995) and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from The Big Bang to the 21st Century (John Wiley & Sons, 2000):
“It's been over a quarter of a century since Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene and nearly a decade since Robert Wright's The Moral Animal. It's time for a good update on evolutionary psychology.
“This is not just a good update, it is an approach filled with delight, one that's aimed straight at the heart and soul of your daily life and mine. Joe Quirk's Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women, will reach out and grab the mass audience of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and show them how science can guide them through their life. Reading it is stealing a treat -- snacking on a pastry made specially for you in the private kitchen of a five-star chef.”
From Karen E. James, PhD, evolutionary & developmental geneticist at The Natural History Museum in London, England:
“Seamlessly blending science, sex, and humor in his book, Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women, Joe Quirk tempts us with the promise of sexual revelation, and then delivers with an alternately hilarious and astonishing primer on the modern evolutionary theories of human sexual behavior. Quirk's charming combination of corny puns and dry wit leads us, laughing, through what might otherwise be some daunting scientific territory. He plays peek-a-boo with our oldest, most primal urges, triple-dog daring us to confront the possibility that our desires, jealousies, fetishes, and even our deepest emotions are merely the products of our primate past. All who accept the dare will be transformed into scientific thinkers, for observing how we deviate from Quirk's evolutionary stereotypes-- and wondering why-- is perhaps the most tempting exercise of all.”
From Steve M. Potter, PhD, neuroengineer, inventor of Hybrot, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology:
“Quirk's irreverent, personal style makes learning a lot about sociobiology fun! Expect to be shocked, amazed, disgusted, amused, and in the end, a little wiser about how you approach members of the opposite sex.”
From Isadora Alman, Sexologist, nationally syndicated columnist of “Ask Isadora,” and author of Sex Information: May I Help You? (Down There Press, 1992), Ask Isadora (Masquerade Books, 1989) Let’s Talk Sex (The Crossing Press, 1993) and Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex (Conari Press, 2001):
“The factors influencing the mating behavior of the sluts and studs among your hairy faced ancestors make delectable reading. What's more, these facts are startlingly applicable to your own very present-day meeting and mating behavior. And you thought it was all about personal charm? Joe Quirk's book, Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women, in a most entertaining manner, will let you know differently.”
From Mike Chorost, author of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human (Houghton Mifflin, 2005):
"Sperm and Eggs is funny, funny, funny -- Joe Quirk must be the
bastard love-child of Stephen Jay Gould and Steve Martin. But it's
not just science leavened with humor to make it go down better. The
humor springs from Quirk's perspective on life, which is both
absurdist and loving."