Adam's Navel by Michael Sims
A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form

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In this amusing and brilliantly conceived book, Michael Sims introduces you to your body. Moving from head to toe, Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative in which he analyzes the visible parts of the body. In this fascinating brew of science and storytelling, readers encounter not only accessible explanations of the mechanics of their anatomy, but also the layers of mythology, religious lore, history, Darwinian theory, and popular culture that have helped to shape our understanding of any given body part. A titillating and unique book, Adam’s Navel is learned and entertaining, a marvelous lens through which to study the form we all inhabit—but may not really understand.


 

About Michael Sims

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Michael Sims is the author of acclaimed nonfiction books such as Apollo’s Fire and Adam’s Navel, and the editor of anthologies including The Dead Witness and Dracula’s Guest, connoisseurs’ collections of Victorian detective and vampire stories, respectively. He lives near Pittsburgh.
 
Published June 29, 2004 by Penguin Books. 356 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History. Non-fiction

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Choice tidbits include the fact that the Komachi Hair Company in Japan sells a pubic wig called the Night Flower, that certain chimpanzees hold hands and kiss, or that Houdini could pick a lock with his toes.

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Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Body by Michael Sims 368pp, Allen Lane, £12.99 "Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liqueur," according to the Song of Solomon;

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Adam's Navel by Michael Sims Allen Lane £12.99, pp348 A miscellany proper, destined for the bathroom shelf or the bedside table, makes no bones about its variousness.

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In his engaging, reader-friendly romp down the body, Sims keeps the course easy and mostly free of complex technical details.

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Entertainment Weekly

In his witty and informative top-to-bottom tour of the human anatomy, Sims gleans marvelous nuggets from medical and historical texts (milk from a woman's breasts is the only food expressly designed for human consumption) and sets them against illustrative references from pop culture and the ...

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In theory, this could have been a fascinating read had the author supplimented the data with some wit and a fresher style, but after plowing through a few hundred pages of Snapple cap wisdom, I got the feeling that Sims himself is of little more substance than a collection of amalgamated body parts.

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