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Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Though Angier grounds her book in a solid foundation of scientific fact, she nonetheless seems to be having fun with her subject. In a tone at once learned and irreverent, she takes on everything from organs (breasts "are funny things, really, and we should learn to laugh at them") to orgasms ("happily for women, the clitoris has 8,000 nerve fibers, twice the number in the penis") and pretty much everything in between, creating a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Aside from being a complete guided tour of the female body, though, Woman: An Intimate Geography is also a superb introduction to contemporary biological science and will no doubt find a very wide audience, both male and female. If the length of time a title remains on national bestseller lists is any indication of the breadth of a book's appeal, Woman already has.

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A Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a book about femaleness – in body and mind – that could prove as important as The Second Sex or Our Bodies, Our Selves and as fresh as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom.

With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times' premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier's thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and evolutionary psychologists' faddish views of "female nature," creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.

In her foreword, Angier writes, "This book is a celebration of the female body – its anatomy, its chemistry, its evolution, and its laughter. It is a personal book, my attempt at how to think about the biology of being female without falling into the sludge of biological determinism. It is a book about things that we traditionally associate with the image of woman – the womb, the egg, the breast, the blood, the almighty clitoris – and things that we don't – movement, strength, aggression, and fury. It is a book about rapture, a rapture grounded firmly in the flesh, the beauties of the body.... The female body has been abominably regarded over the centuries. It has been made too much of or utterly ignored. Many of the current stories of the innately feminine are so impoverished, incomplete, and inaccurate, so remarkably free of real proof, that they simply do not ring true, not for me and not, I suspect, for many other women....I believe that we can learn from other species, and from our pasts, and from our parts, which is why I wrote this book as a kind of scientific fantasia of womanhood."

Review:

"Passion and intelligence meet in a gorgeous book about what it means to be a woman today, yesterday, and forever... Women should rejoice – and so should men." Kirkus (starred review)

Book News Annotation:

Angier, a Pulitzer-prize winning writer for the brings sharp wit, linguistic prowess, and copious research to bear on her topic, which is, well...it's not entirely clear. In her words: "My book sets out to tackle the question `What makes a woman?' But I can only sidle up to the subject of femaleness clumsily, idosyncratically, with my biases, impressions, and desires flapping out like the tongue of an untucked blouse. I hope simply to show how the body is part of the answer...." Chapters are labeled with amusing titles such as "The Well-Tempered Clavier—On the Evolution of the Clitoris," "A Gray and Yellow Basket—The Bounteous Ovary," "Venus in Furs—Estrogen and Desire," "Greasing the Wheels—A Brief History of Hormones," and "A Skeptic in Paradise—A Call for Revolutionary Psychology."
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary. ph, brings us characters from a lesser-explored Jewish cultural context.

Synopsis:

A Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a book about femaleness --- in body and mind --- that could prove as important as The Second Sex or Our Bodies, Our Selves and as fresh as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times's premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier's thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and evolutionary psychologists' faddish views of "female nature," creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-382) and index.

About the Author

NATALIE ANGIER writes about biology for the New York Times, where she has won a Pulitzer Prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism award, and other honors. She is the author of The Beauty of the Beastly, Natural Obsessions, and Woman, named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, People, National Public Radio, Village Voice, and Publishers Weekly, among others. A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Woman is “a text so necessary and abundant and true that all efforts of its kind, for decades before and after it, will be measured by it” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Angier lives with her husband and daughter outside of Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

  1. ch. 1.Unscrambling the egg: it begins with one perfect solar cell
  2. ch. 2.Mosaic imagination: understanding the 'female' chromosome
  3. ch. 3.Default line: is the female body a passive construct? --ch. 4.Well-tempered clavier: on the evolution of the clitoris
  4. ch. 5.Suckers and horns: the prodigal uterus
  5. ch. 6.Mass hysteria: losing the uterus
  6. ch. 7.Circular reasonings: the story of the breast
  7. ch. 8.Holy water: breast milk
  8. ch. 9.Gray and yellow basket: the bounteous ovary
  9. ch. 10.Greasing the wheels: a brief history of hormones
  10. ch. 11.Venus in furs: estrogen and desire
  11. ch. 12.Mindful menopause: can we live without estrogen? --ch. 13.There's no place like notoriety: mothers, grandmothers, and other great dames
  12. ch. 14.Wolf whistles and hyena smiles: testosterone and women
  13. ch. 15.Spiking the punch: in defense of female aggression
  14. ch. 16.Cheap meat: learning to make a muscle
  15. ch. 17.Labor of love: the chemistry of human bondage
  16. ch. 18.Of hoggamus and hogwash: putting evolutionary psychology on the couch
  17. ch. 19.Skeptic in paradise: a call for revolutionary psychology.

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pandora, December 19, 2008 (view all comments by pandora)
A joyous exploration and explaination of what makes us women written by the science writer for the NYT.
Exquisitely told (it reads like a novel) and chock full of fascinating facts about how the female body works.
A must read for every woman and anyone who loves a woman!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395691304
Subtitle:
An Intimate Geography
Author:
Angier, Natalie
Author:
Tillich
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Health - General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Sex differences
Subject:
Women's Health.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Psychology.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 416 pages Houghton Mifflin Co.,1999. - English 9780395691304 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Passion and intelligence meet in a gorgeous book about what it means to be a woman today, yesterday, and forever... Women should rejoice – and so should men."
"Synopsis" by , A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary. ph, brings us characters from a lesser-explored Jewish cultural context.
"Synopsis" by ,
A Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a book about femaleness --- in body and mind --- that could prove as important as The Second Sex or Our Bodies, Our Selves and as fresh as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times's premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier's thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and evolutionary psychologists' faddish views of "female nature," creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.
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