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Strange Bedfellows - by Ina Park

Exploring sex and its least intended consequences


“Strange Bedfellows is incredibly relevant to our time. It’s about desire, it’s about history, it’s about humanity itself. Ina Park reveals the mystery and fascination inherent in STDs and, improbably, she does it while being laugh-out-loud funny.”

—Peggy Orenstein, author of New York Times Bestsellers Boys & Sex and Girls & Sex

“Ina Park is a seasoned expert with a finely calibrated sense of the absurd.  In other words, she is exactly who you want writing a book about STDs. For the all goofball delights of Ina Park the writer, Ina Park the MD has a mission - to break down the stigma and clear the way for open conversation and wider funding.  She's a hero and a hoot!”

Mary Roach, author of New York Times Bestsellers Bonk & Stiff

Dr. Ina Park’s passion for her subject is contagious. With gripping stories and the right dose of wit, Strange Bedfellows uncovers the wily world of microbes and reveals the shocking history of sexually transmitted diseases.” 

Randi Hutter Epstein MD, MPH, author of Aroused and Get Me Out

With wisdom and wit, passion and dispassion, Park uses case narratives and deep clinical knowledge to inform her readers on the importance of STIs.” 

Allan M. Brandt, Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, Harvard University & author of No Magic Bullet

“Informative and frank, Park’s account of sex and STDs is ideal both for the curious and for those too embarrassed to ask.” 

Publisher’s Weekly

“Fans of witty, meticulously researched chronicles of intriguing popular science topics—think Mary Roach—will devour this fluid mixture of scholarship and levity…A fresh, funny, sex-positive book that effectively destigmatizes sexual disease.”

Kirkus Reviews, (*Starred Review)

“Park creates an engrossing, fun, and frank discussion of the science and history behind STDs. Park brings the right amount of care to an often-stigmatized subject.”

Library Journal

“Whether you have an STI or not, whether you have sex or not, whether you’re queer or not, this is a must-read book for 2020s America.”


Through intriguing anecdotes, [Park] covers the science behind the treatment and prevention of STIs

Scientific American, Editor’s Recommendation (Feb 2021)


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