|Title||Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History|
|Description||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, arrived 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 come from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.
|Dedication||"In memory of my grandmothers, Florence Higinbotham Williams and Carolyn Loeb Boasberg, and my mother, Elizabeth Friar Williams."|
|Book Dimensions||Width: 5.87″ (5 7/8″)|
|Height: 8.56″ (8 9/16″)|
|Depth: 1.13″ (1 1/8″)|
|Contents||Introduction, fourteen (14) chapters, Acknowledgements, Notes, Permission Credits|
|Book Design||Judith Stagnitto Abbate / Abbate Design|
|Jacket Design / Photographs||David J. High (highdzn.com)|
|(Front): LatitudeStock, Gallo Images, Getty Images | (Back): James Steidl, SuperFusion, SuperStock|
|Author Photograph||Paolo Marchesi|
|Manufacturing by||RR Donnelly, Harrisonburg, VA|
|Production Manager||Anna Oler|
|Published||May 7, 2012|
|Publisher||W.W. Norton & Company (www.wwnorton.com)|
|Copyright||© 2012 by Florence Williams|
|Printed in||United States of America First Edition|
|Book Format||Hardcover, Kindle, MP3, Audible|
|Quoted Reviews||"As a mammalogist and a nursing mother, I thought I knew everything there was to know about breasts and their exquisite communion with the ecological world. I was wrong. But I never laughed so hard while learning so much. The true story of breasts, revealed at last!" — Sandra Steingraber, PhD, author of Living Downstream
"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, author of Stiff and Packing for Mars
"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
"A wonderful and entertaining tour through the evolution, biology, and cultural aspects of the organ that defines us as mammals!" — Susan Love, MD, author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
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|Other||Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, and her articles and essays have been widely anthologized. Breasts was named a finalist for the 2011 Columbia/Neiman Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. Williams lives in Boulder, Colorado.|
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"A Houston neurologist, who was openly critical of implants, told me he once saw a patient who had been shot. She was a showgirl, and her implants were so hard that the bullet bounced off and saved her life. 'They were like doorbells,' he said of her breasts." (Williams, ed 2012, p.74)Truth is stranger than fiction.
"It beat the crap out of me. There's no cure this time. You go into all these pink buildings and places for your mammograms and appointments. You're this dude and all these women are looking at you. I meet these women, and they're so much more open and honest and easy to talk to about emotions. Guys, all we talk about are football, eating, farting, and girls. So [these women] really helped. I felt a burden lifted. I wanted to move forward. My goal now is to raise awareness." (Devereaux quoted by Williams, ed 2012, p.252)
"I can't say why I got this damned disease. I lived a hard drinking, fun life. I worked the steel mills in Buffalo. I lived in Camp Lejeune. I don't know where it came from. I can't all of a sudden blame the Marine Corps. I don't know and my doctors don't know.My heart felt heavy for these men; I can feel their pain. Suddenly, and every man is guilty of this, all the derogatory remarks, and the misogynic rhetoric thrown at women isn't so funny after all, given the serious, bodily calamities a man's body undergoes when compared to women. Live and learn, certainly.
I'm not what I was. I was a Mad Man. I was a user of women. I'm not even telling you how many times I was married. I'm not a swinger anymore, not a user. I appreciate women now, and they're so much stronger than men. I went to support groups, I listened to them. I've had the privilege of entering a woman's world." (Smith quoted by Williams, ed 2012, p.253)