Woman: An Intimate Geography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 6, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
21 Reviews
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 Angier’s 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
 

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User Review  - Matt Holmes - Goodreads

Feminist evolutionary biology! Almost an oxymoron. The closest I'd seen to evo-psych that didn't strongly favor the established construct of “men philander, women are chaste because DARWIN” was Sex at ... Read full review

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User Review  - Molly Westerman - Goodreads

I'm actually giving up 100 pages into this one (thus the lack of a rating: I've only read a quarter of the book). It's not that it's bad, it just doesn't feel worth my time. Part of the problem is ... Read full review

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Contents

It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell
1
Understanding the Female Chromosome
18
Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?
39
On the Evolution of the Clitoris
62
The Prodigal Uterus
90
Losing the Uterus
120
The Story of the Breast
134
Breast Milk
157
Mothers Grandmothers and Other Great Dames
235
Testosterone and Women
260
In Defense of Female Aggression
287
Learning to Make a Muscle
311
The Chemistry of Human Bondage
328
Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch
352
A Call for Revolutionary Psychology
389
Back Matter
403

The Bounteous Ovary
176
A Brief History of Hormones
193
Estrogen and Desire
211
Can We Live Without Estrogen?
226
Back Cover
439
Spine
440
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About the author (1999)

NATALIE ANGIER is a Pulitzer-Prize winning science columnist for the New York Times. She is the author of The Canon, The Beauty of the Beastly, and Natural Obsessions. She lives outside Washington, D.C.

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