Florence Williams Book Reading
Harvard Book Store
Wednesday, May 16 / 7:00pm
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
@ Harvard Book Store | 1256 Mass. Ave.
This event is free. No tickets are necessary.
Harvard Book Store is delighted to welcome award-winning science journalist FLORENCE WILLIAMS for a discussion of her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History. Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer – even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial – and so vulnerable? Williams sets out to uncover the latest science from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, bringing her from a plastic surgeon’s office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to a lab where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk.
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