Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

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Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393345070

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About the Author

A contributing editor at Outside magazine, Florence Williams is the author of Breasts, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Nature Fix. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and many other outlets. She lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews

Florence Williams's double-D talents as a reporter and writer lift this book high above the genre and separate it from the ranks of ordinary science writing. Breasts is illuminating, surprising, clever, important. Williams is an author to savor and look forward to. --Mary Roach
Be brave, buy this book, and withstand the giggles and sniggers of your friends. For here is a wonderful history, stretching across hundreds of millions of years, of an astonishingly complex part of the human body. Williams weaves together research on nutrition, cancer, psychology, and even structural engineering to create a fascinating portrait of the breast: that singular gland that gave us, as mammals, our very name. --Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
Akin to Rachel Carson's 1962 classic Silent Spring. --M. G. Lord
In her comprehensive 'environmental history' of the only human body part without its own medical specialty, ...Williams focuses on the importance of understanding breasts as more than sex objects...Williams puts hard data and personal history together with humor, creating an evenhanded cautionary tale that will both amuse and appall.
Exceptional.
Starred Review. ...exceptional history... with smarts, sass, and intent.... Meant to nurture the next generation for life on planet Earth, breasts are also humanity's first responders to environmental changes. And what have modern-day chemical exposures wrought? The answers to this question and many more are found in Williams' remarkably informative and compelling work of discovery.
Williams has done us all--men and women--an enormous favor.
With a scientist's mind, a journalist's eye, and a mother's heart, Williams has produced a wide-ranging environmental history of the breast...Williams delineates one of the most consequential dramas at the intersection of human evolution and environmental change.
Much like [Mary Roach's] Stiff, Breasts benefits from its author's field trips...Seen this way--the breast as a canary in a toxic coal mine--[Williams's] call to protect them feels both timely and urgent.
A smart, wry synthesis of evolution, physiology, microbiology, environmental science, and even biomechanics. --Carl Zimmer"
Akin to Rachel Carson s 1962 classic Silent Spring. --M. G. Lord"
Exceptional. "
Starred Review. Meant to nurture the next generation for life on planet Earth, breasts are also humanity's first responders to environmental changes. And what have modern-day chemical exposures wrought? The answers to this question and many more are found in Williams's remarkably informative and compelling work of discovery. "
Williams has done us all men and women an enormous favor. "
With a scientist s mind, a journalist s eye, and a mother s heart, Williams has produced a wide-ranging environmental history of the breast Williams delineates one of the most consequential dramas at the intersection of human evolution and environmental change. "
Highly informative and remarkably entertaining. . . . [Williams s] inquisitive tone deftly melds careful reportage and a witty streak of lay skepticism. "
Much like [Mary Roach s] Stiff, Breasts benefits from its author's field trips Seen this way the breast as a canary in a toxic coal mine [Williams's] call to protect them feels both timely and urgent. "
A wonderful and entertaining tour through the evolution, biology and cultural aspects of the organ that defines us as mammals! --Susan Love, M.D., M.B.A., President of Dr. Susan L"