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ADAM'S NAVEL: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A lighthearted exploration of the human body, drawing on myth, religion, art, pop culture, history, biology, and any other -ology that suits the purpose here: to delight, astound, and inform.After opening with an overture to the skin, journalist Sims (Darwin's Orchestra, not reviewed) divides the body into three regions: head and face, arms and torso, and lastly (and rather oddly), genitals and ... Read full review

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Review: Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form

User Review  - Christina Lynch - Goodreads

I found this book to be more a collection of interesting facts and history and not really a formulated or cohesive read. It is a good book for quirky insights and as a bedside read. Read full review

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User Review  - William - Goodreads

A quick and enjoyable natural history of the body parts from toes to privy members. Entertaining but also at times educational. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Ann - Goodreads

The author states that he began writing this primarily to amuse himself while recuperating, and it certainly reads as though he is the main reader he's trying to entertain. I would have liked a bit ... Read full review

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User 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

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User Review  - Austin - Goodreads

A broad, rambling series of riffs on the cultural interpretations of the human body. References as varied as greek mythology, Shakespeare (frequently), Calvin and Hobbes and Playboy. His prose is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amber the Human - 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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User Review  - jaime - Goodreads

Yes, there's a chapter on the cultural history of the belly button. And yes, it is incredible. Read full review

Review: Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form

User Review  - Jillian - Goodreads

There are definitely some entertaining facts in this one. Ancient superstitions about hair included poorly timed haircuts causing weather disasters and hair in birds' nests causing headaches or death ... Read full review

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User Review  - Grace Elayne Garber - Goodreads

Very interesting, explores the human form in it's entirety. Grabbed from the free books bookshelf at school. Read full review

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