Woman: An Intimate Geography

Woman: An Intimate Geography

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Random House, Inc.
'Natalie Angier's dazzling new book calls upon biology and evolution to celebrate the female body. Its upbeat message. . . is supported by rigorous scientific underpinnings.' -- The New York Times The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of Woman: An Intimate Geography .
With the clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language that make her one of The New York Times's premier stylists, Pulitzer Prize-winner Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Angier takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of female anatomy and physiology that explores everything from organs to orgasm, and delves into topics such as exercise, menopause, and the mysterious properties of breast milk.

A self-proclaimed "scientific fantasia of womanhood." Woman ultimately challenges widely accepted Darwinian-based gender stereotypes. Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology (the study of the biological bases of behavior) and consequently lead to dubious conclusions about "female nature." such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers.

But Angier doesn't just point fingers; she offers optimistic alternatives and transcends feminist polemics with an enlightened subversiveness that makes for a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is a seminal work that will endure as an essential read for anyone intersted in how biology affects who we are?as women, as men, and as human beings.

Baker & Taylor
The author explores the essence of what it means to be a woman--in body and mind--as she shares her thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm and menopause

Blackwell North Amer
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 takes on everything from organs (breasts "are funny things, really, and we should learn to laugh at them") to orgasm (happily for women, the clitoris has 8,000 nerve fibers, twice the number in the penis). Also delving into topics such as exercise and menopause, female aggression and evolutionary psychologists' faddish views of "female nature," she creates a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood.

Baker
& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author of Natural Obsessions explores the essence of what it means to be a womanin body and mindas she shares her thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm and menopause. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books-a division of Random House, 2000
ISBN: 9780385498418
0385498411
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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Sep 07, 2017

A scientific love poem to the strength of a woman's body and how various connections/experience shape it: evolution, family, menopause, motherhood, love, friends, and work. This book would be an inspiring gift to give to any woman in your life (or a man seeking to learn more about women's lives).

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zenmark29
Aug 04, 2017

Natalie Angier is an enlightening and enjoyable wordsmith. I found her book enjoyable to read, important in its perspective, and fun in her mastery of the English language.

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ryner
Mar 27, 2009

Who knew human anatomy could be so fun? Ms. Angier is like an informative and witty museum tour guide, taking the reader on a stroll past living exhibits of all uniquely feminine aspects of human physiology. A fascinating and revealing book that should be read by every woman (and probably men too!).

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