Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier

By Natalie Angier

With the readability, perception, and sheer exuberance of language that make her one in every of The long island Times's prime stylists, Pulitzer Prize-winner Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that almost all enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the feminine physique. Angier takes readers on a enchanting journey of lady anatomy and body structure that explores every thing from organs to orgasm, and delves into issues reminiscent of workout, menopause, and the mysterious houses of breast milk.

A self-proclaimed "scientific fantasia of womanhood." Woman eventually demanding situations commonly permitted Darwinian-based gender stereotypes. Angier exhibits how cultural biases have stimulated examine in evolutionary psychology (the research of the organic bases of habit) and as a result result in doubtful conclusions approximately "female nature." akin to the concept girls are innately monogamous whereas males are average philanderers.

But Angier doesn't simply aspect arms; she deals positive choices and transcends feminist polemics with an enlightened subversiveness that makes for a cheerful, clean imaginative and prescient of womanhood. Woman is a seminal paintings that might suffer as a necessary learn for an individual intersted in how biology impacts who we are?as ladies, as males, and as people.

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He preferred working and studying to attending parties and looked on the social side of politics as an irksome chore. Nonetheless, he and Varina gave their share of receptions and other functions for the politically powerful. Varina described to her mother a typical day: “I have Nina Wood [eldest daughter of Zachary Taylor, sister of Jefferson Davis’s first wife] again staying with me. She came over to go to the Brazilian Minister’s ball. I did not go, but Nina and Jeff described it to me. . ”31 Varina, although considerably more congenial than her husband, also preferred the company of a few close friends to large gatherings.

However, as a graduate of West Point and as a hero of the Mexican War, he felt a deeper commitment to the union than did some of his fellow states’ rightists. His reputation as a figure of both national and sectional prominence increased during his service as secretary of war from 1853 to 1857. When President Pierce’s term of office expired, the Mississippi legislature elected Davis to the United States Senate. During his last Senate term, he strongly defended slavery and its expansion. However, Davis’s sincere support of both nationalism and sectionalism kept him free from the bitterest battles in Congress.

Paul’s Cathedral. Both Varina and Jefferson complained of poor health, but in Europe they could escape, if only temporarily, from the scenes of defeat and from their sense of lost power and reputation. Nevertheless, by the summer of 1869 Davis was eager to return to the United States. In the fall, he sailed for home. 76 Jefferson, who had turned sixty-one in the summer of 1869, was determined, despite his age, to obtain a position that would enable him to support in style his wife and children.

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