By People Staff
April 26, 1999 12:00 PM

by Natalie Angier

Book of the week

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Natalie Angier has that rare dual talent: a true passion for science combined with a poet’s linguistic flair. In this lively dissection of womanhood, she places everything from estrogen to the politics of motherhood beneath her flawlessly focused microscope, offering innumerable tidbits both surprising and fascinating. “Who knew, for instance, that the clitoris has twice as many nerve fibers—8,000—as the penis? Or that in hunter-gatherer societies, it was the roots and berries gathered by women, not the occasional macho-man meat treat, that sustained the tribe? Women readers especially may feel invigorated by this celebration of their multifaceted selves. (Houghton Mifflin, $25)

Bottom Line: First-rate girl talk

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