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Natalie Angier,
Best Selling Author & Washington, D.C. Resident

Natalie Angier

Natalie Angier is a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to many magazines. Her honors include the Lewis Thomas Award and the AAAS Science Journalism Award. Her previous books include Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell and The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views on the Nature of Life. She lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband and their daughter.

Woman: An Intimate Geography
An Intimate

Natalie Angier
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With the clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language that make her one of the New York Times's premier stylists, Pulitzer Prize-winner 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 takes on everything from organs (breasts "are funny things, really, and we should learn to laugh at them") to orgasm (happily for women, the clitoris has 8,000 nerve fibers, twice the number in the penis). As she also dives into hot topics such as menopause, exercise, and the evolutionary psychologists' faddish views of "female nature," she creates a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood.

In her foreword, Angier writes, “This book is a celebration of the female body—its anatomy, its chemistry, its evolution, and its laughter. It is a personal book, my attempt at how to think about the biology of being female without falling into the sludge of biological determinism. It is a book about things that we traditionally associate with the image of woman — the womb, the egg, the breast, the blood, the almighty clitoris—and things that we don’t—movement, strength, aggression, and fury. It is a book about rapture, a rapture grounded firmly in the flesh, the beauties of the body. . . . I believe that we can learn from other species, and from our pasts, and from our parts, which is why I wrote this book as a kind of scientific fantasia of womanhood.

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