Woman: An Intimate Geography

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HMH, Apr 6, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
National Book Award Finalist: This look at the science of the female body is “a tour de force . . . wonderful, entertaining and informative” (TheNew York Times Book Review).

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who covers science for the New York Times, Woman is an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity and insight, Natalie Angier cuts through still-prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, the most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. In addition to earning a nomination for the National Book Award, Woman was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and People, among others.
“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.” —Los Angeles Times
“Ultimately, this grand tour of the female body provides a new vision of the role of women in the history of our species.” —The Washington Post

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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. Angier lives outside Washington, DC.

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