Margot Mifflin
January 08, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Why Do Men Have Nipples? And Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Katherine Dunn
publisher
Warner Books
genre
Nonfiction, Reference

We gave it a B

Can a person’s hair turn white overnight? Do as many women have sex-change operations as men? Has the flush toilet really been around for 4,000 years? Yes, yes, and yes, says Katherine Dunn, author of the acclaimed novel Geek Love, whose Q&A columns for Portland, Oregon’s alternative newspaper, Willamette Week, are compiled here. In response to quirky reader queries, Dunn, a tireless if sometimes unsuccessful investigator, tracks down obscure facts about subjects from tattoo parlors to the space shuttle. Equal parts weird science and hot air, Why Do Men Have Nipples? And Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions is bookish bathtub reading for Dear Abby defectors. B

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