Tuesday, May 18, 2010

evolution, ourselves

When I was in college I bought this book for $1 at a used book sale on campus:
The New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book by and for Women was published in 1996. Apparently it was a newer version of a similar book from the 60s, which at that time was a huge deal to empower women with information about their bodies and their health.

From what I remember it wasn't necessarily a groundbreaking read for me, but it was well worth a $1 investment. I think I referred to it a couple of times before I gave it away at another free book drive.

Last week I walked across a stash of free books and picked up this one:
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent was published in 1999. I've just started it, but so far it's a really interesting read that takes in an anthropological approach to why people parent they way they parent. Definitely worth saving it from the burn pile.

When I saw the title I thought, wait, I've read this book before. But then I thought I remembered the cover of the book being blue and not much anything about babies. Turns out I was both way wrong and way right.

I also can't help but wonder what the next Our (something), Ourselves book published in the 90s that I happen to trip over in ten years.


Kelly said...

I'd love to read this book. My husband and I often give each other knowing looks and say things like, "Aww, that was classic nature vs. nurture," etc. It's fun and exciting to see traits in our little clones that come straight from us, and others that come from the left field. How can anyone doubt the little unique spirits that inhabit their bodies? Too incredible. I may have to amazon.com this book!!

genderist said...

Don't buy it! I'll mail it to you when I'm done.

Kelly said...