By Natalie Angier
A New York Times remarkable book
"A travel de strength, a womderful, enjoyable and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York occasions publication Review
After fifteen years in print, Woman remains a necessary consultant to every thing from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. along with her attribute readability, perception, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling writer Natalie Angier cuts during the nonetheless known myths and incorrect information surrounding the feminine physique, that the majority enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and guaranteed narrative travel de strength with a competent snatch of science.
up-to-date all through and with a brand new advent bringing readers modern at the most recent technology in evolutionary psychology and hormone substitute treatment, this re-creation of Woman reinvigorates Angier’s cheerful imaginative and prescient of womanhood.
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