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.
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 visiting scholar at the University of Colorado's Journalism School, a contributing editor at "Outside" magazine, and a freelance writer for the "New York Times," the "New York Times Magazine," the "New Republic," "Mother Jones," and numerous other publications.
Stage actress Kate Reading has been a freelance narrator for over twenty years. She has received multiple Audie Awards and nominations, as well as numerous Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine, which has named her Narrator of the Year and, for two years running, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
"[A] remarkably informative and compellingwork of discovery." ---Booklist Starred Review