A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman

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The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself.


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About Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman is the best-selling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and many other books.
 
Published June 1, 2011 by Vintage. 358 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Self Help, History, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Beginning with a somewhat interesting history of ancient mythological love, Ackerman's (The Moon by Whalelight, 1991) book quickly degenerates into a regurgitation of stereotypes about differences between men and women.

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Following up her well-received A Natural History of the Senses , poet and journalist Ackerman less successfully attempts to limn the complex emotion of love for the general reader. Her perspective is

May 02 1994 | Read Full Review of A Natural History of Love

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Ackerman (Notes from the Shore) offers another series of natural science essays, this one concerning the continuity and discontinuity of cellular, sometimes molecular, existence.

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``Rooted in science, enlivened by her own convincing sense of wonder, Ackerman's essays awaken us to a fresh awareness,'' said PW.

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Her perspective is both long--beginning with the first writings about love from ancient Egypt and Greece--and wide, encompassing love of pets, religious fervor and altruism, along with her principle focus on romantic love.

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"A Natural History of Love" is divided into six parts, the weakest of which is the first, once-over-lightly chronology of love.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed This book offers an exhilarating tour of the subject by exploring its changing nature from ancient to modern times.

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