Author Mara Altman's volatile and apprehensive relationship with her body has led her to wonder about a lot of stuff over the years. Like, who decided that women shouldn't have body hair? And how sweaty is too sweaty? These questions and others like them have led to the comforting and sometimes smelly revelations that constitute the new book, “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back.)”
The book is an examination of the female body, from the tip of the hairiest chin to the bottom of the, well, bottom. Mara mixes memoir with reporting to shed light on some of society’s most taboo topics. In her essay collection, Altman turns her unflinching gaze from the mirror to society at large, revealing what today’s beauty obsessions might say about oneself and the world.