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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (Hardcover)

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As a proud lover of breasts in all shapes and forms, this book was a true joy to read. Williams writes about the science that is very close to our hearts in an accessible and enjoyable way. Her research into breasts has yielded some hilarious, surprising, and thought-provoking insights. Breasts will be interesting not only to lovers of our favorite mammary gland, but also to those readers interested in environmental studies, women’s issues, and history. Read the first chapter--you won’t put it down!

— Katie T.

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A 2012 New York Times Notable Book

A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Award Winner in the Science & Technology category



An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.


Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it’s sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable?


In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon’s office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.



About the Author


Florence Williams is a journalist and contributing editor to Outside magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic among others. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology. Williams lives in Washington, DC.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393063189
ISBN-10: 0393063186
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 7th, 2012
Pages: 352
Language: English
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