Woman: An Intimate Geography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 6, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
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“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 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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Gabrielle De Cuir's sublime narration is reason alone to purchase this entertaining and very enlightening look at what it means to be a woman. Angier, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer for the ... Read full review


It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell
Understanding the Female Chromosome
Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?
On the Evolution of the Clitoris
The Prodigal Uterus
Losing the Uterus
The Story of the Breast
Breast Milk
Mothers Grandmothers and Other Great Dames
Testosterone and Women
In Defense of Female Aggression
Learning to Make a Muscle
The Chemistry of Human Bondage
Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch
A Call for Revolutionary Psychology
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The Bounteous Ovary
A Brief History of Hormones
Estrogen and Desire
Can We Live Without Estrogen?
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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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