A Natural and Unnatural History
Publication Date: May 2012
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An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.
Florence Williams is a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado's Journalism School and a contributing editor at Outside magazine. She also works as a freelance writer for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, Mother Jones, High Country News, National Geographic Traveler, Runner's World, Skiing, Bicycling, and numerous other publications. Her work often focuses on the environment, health, and science. She has received many awards, including six magazine awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the John Hersey Prize at Yale. Kate Reading has been a freelance narrator for over twenty years. She received an Audie Award for Bellwether by Connie Willis; an Audie nomination for The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, recorded with her husband, Michael Kramer; and an Audie nomination for Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell. She has also received 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 for her narration of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. As Jennifer Mendenhall, she has worked as a stage actor in the Washington, D.C., area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, the Washington Theatre Lobby Awards, and the Carbonell Awards in Florida. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.
In her new book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, Florence Williams offers her take on why breasts are getting bigger and developing earlier, why tumors seem to gravitate toward the breast, and how toxins from the environment may be affecting hormones and breast development. More at NPR.org
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"[A] remarkably informative and compellingwork of discovery." ---Booklist Starred Review