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A History of the Breast
By Marilyn Yalom
this provocative, pioneering, and wholly engrossing cultural history, noted
scholar Marilyn Yalom explores twenty-five thousand years of ideas, images, and
perceptions of the female breast--in religion, psychology, politics, society,
and the arts.
Through the centuries, the breast has been laden with hugely powerful and
contradictory meanings. There is the "good breast" of reverence and life, the
breast that nourishes infants and entire communities, as depicted in ancient
idols, fifteenth-century Italian Madonnas, and representations of equality in
the French Revolution. Then there is the "bad breast" of Ezekiel's wanton
harlots, Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth, and the torpedo-breasted dominatrix,
symbolizing enticement and aggression. Yalom examines these contradictions--and
illuminates the implications behind them.
A fascinating, astute, and richly allusive journey from Paleolithic goddesses to
modern day feminists, A History of the Breast is full of insight and surprises.
As Yalom says, "I intend to make you think about women's breasts as you never
have before." In this, she succeeds brilliantly.
Illustrated Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: USA, January 1998
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Unhooking a DD-cup Bra without Fumbling
By Adam Adams
"Unhooking a DD Bra Without Fumbling" is an intriguing sixty-thousand-word
whodunit - a gripping story that unfolds in Thailand and Malaysia and boasts
Thai bargirls, drunk vicars and a burial in Kuala Lumpur - and contains no "E"s!
You'll want to find copious vacant hours prior to starting this book as it will
turn into a tantalizing addiction. Finish your work, sit comfortably with a
soothing drink and apply your mind to this obfuscating conundrum.
About the Author
Adam Adams is the pseudonym of a Singapore-based British lipogram author, whose
fetish is to write books that omit a certain letter of the alphabet. He plans
one book for each letter of the alphabet and has twenty-five to go.
Paperback, 248 pages
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The Big Book of Breasts
By Dian Hanson
Some call it the American obsession, but men everywhere recognize the hypnotic
allure of a large and shapely breast.
In "The Big Book of Breasts", the female author Dian Hanson explores the origins
of mammary madness through three decades of natural big-breasted nudes. Starting
with the World War II Bosom-Mania that spawned Russ Meyer, Howard Hughes' "The
Outlaw" and Frederick's of Hollywood, Dian guides you over, around, and in
between the dangerous curves of infamous models including Michelle Angelo, Candy
Barr, Virginia Bell, Joan Brinkman, Lorraine Burnett, Lisa De Leeuw, Uschi
Digard, Candye Kane, Jennie Lee, Sylvia McFarland, Margaret Middleton, Paula
Page, June Palmer, Roberta Pedon, Rosina Revelle, Candy Samples, Tempest Storm,
Linda West, June Wilkinson, Julie Wills, and dozens more, including Guinness
World Record holder Norma Stitz, possessor of the World's Largest Natural
396 pages of this book contain the most beautiful and provocative photos ever
created of these iconic women, plus nine original interviews, including the
first with Tempest Storm and Uschi Digard in over a decade, and the last with
Candy Barr before her untimely death in 2005. In a world where silicone is now
the norm, these spectacular real women stand as testament that nature knows
About the Author
Dian Hanson is a twenty-five-year veteran of men's magazine publishing. She
began her career at Puritan magazine in 1976 and went on to edit a variety of
titles, including Partner, Oui, Hooker, Outlaw Biker, and Juggs magazines. In
1987 she took over the '60s title Leg Show and transformed it into the world's
best-selling fetish publication. Most recently, she authored TASCHEN's
Terryworld, Tom of Finland: The Comic Collection and History of Men's Magazines
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