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Be ready to geek out over your own body. A delightful and engaging book, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream will fill you with wonder. Science writer Jennifer Ackerman lays out the latest developments and theories about the human body in a way that will keep you turning the pages way past your bedtime!
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An entirely new way of looking at the human body.

The acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman lends her keen eye and lively voice to this marvelous exploration of the human body. Taking us through a typical day, from the arousal of our senses in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams, Ackerman reveals the body as we've never seen it: busy, cunning, and miraculous.

Advances in genetics and medical imaging have allowed us to peer more deeply inside ourselves than ever before, and one of the most amazing recent discoveries is that we are deeply rhythmic creatures. The human body is like a clock — actually an entire shop of clocks — measuring out the seconds, minutes, days, and seasons of life. Weaving pieces of her own life with that of "everyman," Ackerman shows the importance of synchronizing our actions with these biological rhythms — and how defying them can cause us real harm. We learn the best time of day to drink a cocktail, take a nap, run a race, give a presentation, or take medication, along with a host of other fascinating facts (such as why you always succumb to a cold while your spouse doesn't even though you've both been exposed to the same sick child). At once entertaining and deeply practical, this fascinating book will make you consider your body in a whole new light.

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"A fascinating look at what modern science tells us about who we are." Elizabeth Kolbert

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"It's rare to find a book that delivers so much knowledge in prose that's such an enormous pleasure to read." Miriam E. Nelson, Tufts University, and author of Strong Women Stay Young

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"Jennifer Ackerman writes with the precision of a scientist and the elegance of a poet...invigorating, informed, insightful, and wise." Steve Olson, author of Mapping Human History and Count Down

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"A delightful picaresque....You'll never think about your body — and what you do to it — in the same way again." Stephen S. Hall, author of Size Matters and Merchants of Immortality

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"Neophytes, and even science-phobes, will find Ackerman's approach to biology welcoming." New York Times

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"An insightful text celebrating just how clever is the machine we call the human body." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? That women have more nightmares than men? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting? In Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream, acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman takes us on an astonishing and illuminating tour of the human body during a typical day, from waking in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams.

Most of us are familiar with the concept of circadian rhythms, the idea that the human body maintains its own internal clock. Recent scientific advances reveal the importance of synchronizing our actions with our biological rhythms — and show how defying them can cause us real harm. With Ackerman as our guide we learn the best time of day to take a nap, give a presentation, take medication, and even drink a cocktail, along with a host of other useful and curious facts. Entertaining and deeply practical, this book will make readers think of their bodies in an entirely new way.

About the Author

Jennifer Ackerman is the author of Notes from the Shore and Chance in the House of Fate. She writes regularly for National Geographic, the New York Times, and other publications. As a journalist, she has tracked the rare red-crowned crane in Hokkaido, interviewed a chimpanzee and "raced" him on a treadmill, chased a hurricane with geologists on a North Carolina barrier island, crossed the Pacific in a research vessel studying the effects of global warming, and searched for dinosaur and early bird fossils in the remote Liaoning province of western China. The recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant and Bunting Fellowship, she is married to the novelist Karl Ackerman and has two daughters. She resides in Charlottesville, VA.

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IVBH, February 9, 2009 (view all comments by IVBH)
THIS BOOK SOUNDS SO GOOD I WOULD LOVE TO WIN IT
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Rebecca Lexa, January 25, 2009 (view all comments by Rebecca Lexa)
Our bodies are fascinating structures. In a twenty-four-hour world, it's entirely too easy to lose touch with them and their carefully orchestrated cycles. We condition ourselves to ignore hunger, fatigue, even illness, all in pursuit of work, play, and other activities. Unfortunately, this takes a toll on us over time.

Jennifer Ackerman, a writer for National Geographic among other publications, presents the result of her research and inquiry into circadian rhythms, the natural cycles of the body. Often associated with sleep, circadian rhythms influence numerous processes, from digestion to sex. These patterns aren't one-size-fits-all, and Ackerman does an excellent job of informing the reader just why it is that some of us, for example, can leap out of bed as soon as the sun's up while others crawl out for coffee at the crack of noon.

The book is organized in an innovative fashion. Ackerman begins with what happens when we first wake up and break our fast, then proceeds throughout the day, with meals and naps and--of course--work. Later chapters explore the night life (and the perils of the third shift), and finally bring us back around to what happens when we're asleep. This organization helps make the material a lot more relevant to literal everyday occurrences.

Ackerman has a knack for writing informatively and thoroughly, while keeping the material accessible to the layperson. This is a great book for commuting and other casual reading. For the very intrepid reader, there are extensive endnotes revealing her source material, a wealth of information for anyone wanting to explore beyond this book.

I know for myself that I've become much more aware of what I do to my body on a daily basis from reading this book. "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" is a great user's manual for the body, and it's one that I'll be using to adjust my habits in ways that are both feasible and effective.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547085609
Author:
Ackerman, Jennifer
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.10x5.50x.70 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547085609 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Be ready to geek out over your own body. A delightful and engaging book, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream will fill you with wonder. Science writer Jennifer Ackerman lays out the latest developments and theories about the human body in a way that will keep you turning the pages way past your bedtime!

"Review" by , "A fascinating look at what modern science tells us about who we are."
"Review" by , "It's rare to find a book that delivers so much knowledge in prose that's such an enormous pleasure to read."
"Review" by , "Jennifer Ackerman writes with the precision of a scientist and the elegance of a poet...invigorating, informed, insightful, and wise."
"Review" by , "A delightful picaresque....You'll never think about your body — and what you do to it — in the same way again."
"Review" by , "Neophytes, and even science-phobes, will find Ackerman's approach to biology welcoming."
"Review" by , "An insightful text celebrating just how clever is the machine we call the human body."
"Synopsis" by , Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? That women have more nightmares than men? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting? In Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream, acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman takes us on an astonishing and illuminating tour of the human body during a typical day, from waking in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams.

Most of us are familiar with the concept of circadian rhythms, the idea that the human body maintains its own internal clock. Recent scientific advances reveal the importance of synchronizing our actions with our biological rhythms — and show how defying them can cause us real harm. With Ackerman as our guide we learn the best time of day to take a nap, give a presentation, take medication, and even drink a cocktail, along with a host of other useful and curious facts. Entertaining and deeply practical, this book will make readers think of their bodies in an entirely new way.

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