Gross Anatomy

Dispatches from the Front (and Back)
Author(s): Mara Altman
Original Publish Date: Aug 21, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.28 hours)
Product Number: Z100132731
Released: Aug 21, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525590972
Narrator/s: Mara Altman
Publisher: Books on Tape
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An honest, funny, neurotic, and totally gross love child of Mindy Kaling and Mary Roach. Mara Altman's volatile and apprehensive relationship with her body has led her to wonder about a lot of stuff over the years. Like, who decided that women shouldn't have body hair? And how sweaty is too sweaty? Also, why is breast cleavage sexy but camel toe revolting? Isn't it all just cleavage? These questions and others like them have led to the comforting and sometimes smelly revelations that constitute Gross Anatomy, an essay collection about what it's like to operate the bags of meat we call our bodies. Divided into two sections, "The Top Half" and "The Bottom Half," with cartoons scattered throughout, Altman's book takes the reader on a wild and relatable journey from head to toe--as she attempts to strike up a peace accord with our grody bits. With a combination of personal anecdotes and fascinating research, Gross Anatomy holds up a magnifying glass to our beliefs, practices, biases, and body parts and shows us the naked truth: that there is greatness in our grossness.

Professional reviews

"Finally, a hilarious, body-positive look at and inside the female body! With fearlessness and charm, Mara Altman narrates her personal journey of biological exploration, which answers questions many listeners want to know but may be way too uncomfortable to ask without anonymity. Altman's voice is slightly nasal and is pitched high, lending a youthful exuberance to her storytelling. Like a best friend, she is honest and thorough as she details what she's learned about public and private parts, literally warts and all. Take note, her honesty includes well-placed profanity that is delivered with aplomb. Unfortunately, for many, biology is further complicated by social expectations and norms, causing undue anxiety and self-judgment. Fortunately for listeners, Altman's pointed reckoning with this reality offers humor, insight, and greater acceptance. A.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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