Woman An intimate geography

Natalie Angier

Book - 2014

With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times' premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier's thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and... evolutionary psychologists' faddish views of "female nature," creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.

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Published
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2014]
Edition
Updated edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xxxi, 478 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 446-462) and index.
ISBN
9780544228108
0544228103
Main Author
Natalie Angier (author)
  • Unscrambling the egg : it begins with one perfect solar cell
  • The mosaic imagination : understanding the "female" chromosome
  • Default line : is the female body a passive construct?
  • The well-tempered clavier : on the evolution of the clitoris
  • Suckers and horns : the prodigal uterus
  • Mass hysteria : losing the uterus
  • Circular reasonings : the story of the breast
  • Holy water : breast milk
  • A gray and yellow basket : the bounteous ovary
  • Greasing the wheels : a brief history of hormones
  • Venus in furs : estrogen and desire
  • Mindful menopause : can we live without estrogen?
  • There's no place like notoriety : mothers, grandmothers, and other great dames
  • Wolf whistles and hyena smiles : testosterone and women
  • Spiking the punch : in defense of female aggression
  • Cheap meat : learning to make a muscle
  • Labor of love : the chemistry of human bondage
  • Of hoggamus and hogwash : putting evolutionary psychology on the couch
  • A skeptic in paradise : a call for revolutionary psychology.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

The author explores the essence of what it means to be a woman--in body and mind--as she shares her thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm and menopause.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Natural Obsessions explores the essence of what it means to be a woman--in body and mind--as she shares her thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm and menopause. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A revised and updated anniversary edition of Natalie Angier's bestselling guide to—and celebration of—the female body ¶ National Book Award finalist¶ A New York Times notable book ¶"A tour de force, a wonderful, entertaining and informative book." —The New York Times Book Review¶ Woman is a fascinating, fact-filled guide that covers everything from organs to orgasms, 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. With a witty and assured narrative, and a reader-friendly dose of science, Woman is an essential and engaging resource for all time.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

National Book Award finalist A New York Times notable book"A tour de force, a womderful, entertaining and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review 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 with a reliable grasp of science.  

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.