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National Book Award finalist

A New York Times notable book

“One knows early on one is reading a classic—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.”—Thomas Lynch, Los Angeles Times

After fifteen years in print, Woman remains an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling author Natalie Angier cuts through the still prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and assured narrative tour de force with a reliable grasp of science.

Updated throughout and with a new introduction bringing readers up to date on the latest science in evolutionary psychology and hormone replacement therapy, this new edition of Woman reinvigorates Angiers joyful vision of womanhood.

“Ultimately, this grand tour of the female body provides a new vision of the role of women in the history of our species.”—Washington Post

Synopsis:

A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.

Synopsis:

With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

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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'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.

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

Preface xvii

Introduction: Into the Light xxv

Unscrambling the Egg 1

It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell

The Mosaic Imagination 19

Understanding the “Female” Chromosome

Default Line 40

Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?

The Well-Tempered Clavier 64

On the Evolution of the Clitoris

Suckers and Horns 93

The Prodigal Uterus

MASS HYSTERIA 124

Losing the Uterus

Circular Reasonings 138

The Story of the Breast

Holy Water 162

Breast Milk

A Gray and Yellow Basket 182

The Bounteous Ovary

Greasing the Wheels 199

A Brief History of Hormones

Venus in Furs 217

Estrogen and Desire

Mindful Menopause 232

Can We Live Without Estrogen?

Theres No Place Like Notoriety 241

Mothers, Grandmothers, and Other Great Dames

Wolf Whistles and Hyena Smiles 266

Testosterone and Women

Spiking the Punch 294

In Defense of Female Aggression

Cheap Meat 319

Learning to Make a Muscle

Labor of Love 336

The Chemistry of Human Bondage

Of Hoggamus and Hogwash 360

Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch

A Skeptic in Paradise 397

A Call for Revolutionary Psychology

Appendix 411

References 446

Acknowledgments 463

Index 465

Product Details

ISBN:
9780544228108
Author:
Angier, Natalie
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Women's Health.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.
"Synopsis" by ,
With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

"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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