Adam's navel: a natural and cultural history of the human form
A witty and informed survey, Adam's Navelis a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and celebration of the human body.
Moving from head to toe in twelve chapters, Michael Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative. "No part of the body lacks a story," writes Sims, who analyzes and demystifies the visible parts of the body that make up the whole-our animal form that is also a screen onto which we project our fears and obsessions. He tells of dreadlocks and Achilles' heel, of fingerprints and penis size. He discusses the history of breastfeeding, the allure of navel rings, ancient rules for shaking hands, why nature builds men and women on a female body plan, and how the evolution of our two-legged stance affects childbirth and back pain.
Drawing on evolution and the mechanics of human anatomy, along with Shakespeare, mythology, film, and popular culture, Sims creates a marvelous new lens through which to view this body that we inhabit almost unconsciously. Adam's Navelis a field guide to the landscape of ourselves.
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Review: Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human FormUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
Lots of trivia about the human body. It was interesting but hard to read more than a little bit at a time. Read full review
Review: Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human FormUser Review - Amber - Goodreads
I happened to check this out of the library and enjoyed it enough to give it as a gift to my science-minded father. Now I have it again and I've been meaning to read it ... but again, terrible about reading books I own (or am borrowing). Read full review
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