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The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair

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"A unique blend of personal and cultural history."--Harper's Bazaar

Already in its sixth HARDCOVER printing, The Roots of Desire is a witty and entertaining investigation into the power, myth and meaning of red hair. Redheads have been worshipped, idealized, fetishized, feared, and condemned, leaving their mark on us and our culture. Such is the power of what is actually a genetic mutation, and in The Roots of Desire, Marion Roach takes a fascinating look at the science behind hair color and the roles redheads have played over time. A redhead herself, Roach brings candor and brilliant insight to the complicated and revealing history of redheads, making this a stand-out narrative and an essential tool in understanding the mechanics and phenomenon of red hair. A must-have for every redhead.

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Roach takes a fascinating look at the science behind hair color and the rolesredheads have played over time.

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Marion Roach is the coauthor of Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers, which has recently been sold to HBO films, and Another Name for Madness, a memoir of coping with her mother's Alzheimer's. A commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, she has published in the New York Times Magazine, Prevention, Vogue, Newsday, Good Housekeeping, Discover, and American Health.

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bradshaw.pm, February 21, 2007 (view all comments by bradshaw.pm)
This book poses somewhat of a conundrum. Is it an over-thought monologue on the author’s own hair color, or an exceedingly dull scholarly treatise? The answer: it is both! It’s a hodge-podge of historical references, anecdotes, and Patty Scialfa. Never delving deep enough into the history, it manages to still lay on what it does say with an all-too heavy brush, dripping with overindulgent prose.

In the end, it is sound and fury signifying… the onset of sleep. If you are in need of a never-ending supply of sleep medication, save yourself some money and buy this book. If not, don’t bother.
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ISBN:
9781582345901
Subtitle:
The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair
Author:
Roach, Marion
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - Hair
Subject:
World History-General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20060711
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.76 x 5.13 x 0.69 in

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