An Intimate Geography

Book - 1999
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A Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a book about femaleness --- in body and mind --- that could prove as important as The Second Sex or Our Bodies, Our Selves and as fresh as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times's 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.

Baker & Taylor
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

Book News
Angier, a Pulitzer-prize winning writer for the New York Times, brings sharp wit, linguistic prowess, and copious research to bear on her topic, which is, well...it's not entirely clear. In her words: "My book sets out to tackle the question `What makes a woman?' But I can only sidle up to the subject of femaleness clumsily, idosyncratically, with my biases, impressions, and desires flapping out like the tongue of an untucked blouse. I hope simply to show how the body is part of the answer...." Chapters are labeled with amusing titles such as "The Well-Tempered Clavier On the Evolution of the Clitoris," "A Gray and Yellow Basket The Bounteous Ovary," "Venus in Furs Estrogen and Desire," "Greasing the Wheels A Brief History of Hormones," and "A Skeptic in Paradise A Call for Revolutionary Psychology." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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.

Publisher: Boston, Mass : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999
Description: xvi, 398 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780395691304
Branch Call Number: 612.62 Ang


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Feb 22, 2019

Necessary reading. An owner's manual of the female body.

Sep 07, 2017

A scientific love poem to the strength of a woman's body and how various connections/experience shape it: evolution, family, menopause, motherhood, love, friends, and work. This book would be an inspiring gift to give to any woman in your life (or a man seeking to learn more about women's lives).

Aug 04, 2017

Natalie Angier is an enlightening and enjoyable wordsmith. I found her book enjoyable to read, important in its perspective, and fun in her mastery of the English language.

Mar 27, 2009

Who knew human anatomy could be so fun? Ms. Angier is like an informative and witty museum tour guide, taking the reader on a stroll past living exhibits of all uniquely feminine aspects of human physiology. A fascinating and revealing book that should be read by every woman (and probably men too!).

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