Science writer Angier presents a celebration of the female body, beginning with the egg. She reveals the interactions between organ systems, arguing that these make us what we are, and explores oestrogen, testosterone, serotonin, adrenaline, the chemistry of orgasm, pregnancy and the menopause.
WOMAN explores the essence of what it means to be female. In mapping the inner woman - from organs to orgasms - Natalie Angier presents an extraordinary new vision of the female body as an evolutionary masterpiece. 'Anyone living in or near a female body should read this book' - Gloria Steinem 'Women have long been regarded as slaves to biology and evolution, prisoners in a hormonal swamp. But now, some of the sacred tenets of evolutionary psychology...have come under fresh challenge. As the century turns, it could be Goodbye women's lib; hello female liberation!...WOMAN is a delicious cocktail of estrogen and amphetamine designed to pump up the ovaries as well as the cerebral cortex' - Barbara Ehrenreich, TIME MAGAZINE 'A glorious, fascinating encyclopaedic look at the wonder of the female body. Drawing on science, literature and history, Angier provides valuable insight into the power of hormones, breast milk and the all-important clitoris. A must for every woman's bookshelf' - WOMAN'S JOURNAL
Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, as far as the health-care profession is concerned the standard operating design of the human body is male. So when a book comes along as beautifully written and endlessly informative as Natalie Angier's Woman:An Intimate Geography, it's a cause for major celebration. Written with whimsy and eloquence, her investigation into female physiology draws its inspiration not only from scientific and medical sources but also from mythology, history, art and literature, layering biological facts with her own personal encounters and arcane anecdotes from the history of science. Who knew, for example, that the clitoris--with 8,000 nerve fibres--packs double the pleasure of the penis; that the gene-controlling cellular sensitivity to male androgens, ironically enough, resides on the X-chromosome; or that stress hormones like cortisol and corticosterone are the true precursors of friendship? The mysteries of evolution are not a new subject for Angier, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biology writer for the New York Times. The strengths of Woman begin with Angier's witty and evocative prose style but its real contribution is the way it expands the def #NAME? 'The author's passion for the joyful mysteries of our geography shines through every sentence' INDEPENDENT '"Think you know it all? Think again. WOMAN: AN INTIMATE GEOGRAPHT is nothing less than liberation biology. With wit, daring and a generous heart, Natalie Angier maps the female body, and proposes revolutionary possibilities for men and women. Anyone livi Gloria Steinem 'How did we ever get by without it? This book explains your life.'
About Natalie Angier
Natalie Angier's contributions to THE NEW YORK TIMES on Science won her a Pulitzer Prize. She has won numerous awards and her most recent book WOMAN was highly acclaimed and shortlisted for the 1999 National Book Award in America.
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
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Little, Brown Book Group
Short-listed for United States National Book Awards: Nonfiction 1999
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.