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Title Survival of the Prettiest
Author Nancy Etcoff
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2011-02-02
Category Social Science
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780307779113
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A provocative and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, skewering the myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior. In Survival of the Prettiest, Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, argues that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism—it’s in our biology. Beauty, she explains, is an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization—and for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. When seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival, our sometimes extreme attempts to attain beauty—both to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partner—suddenly become much more understandable. Moreover, if we understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our own interests, and not just the interests of our genetic tendencies.

The Evolution Of Beauty by Richard O. Prum

Title The Evolution of Beauty
Author Richard O. Prum
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2017-05-09
Category Science
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9780385537223
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum—reviving Darwin's own views—thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In thirty years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time. The Evolution of Beauty presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

Survival Of The Prettiest by Ashley Olafsen

Title Survival of the Prettiest
Author Ashley Olafsen
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-08
Category Body image in girls
Total Pages 317
ISBN 0692763260
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Survival of the Prettiest focuses on three main ideas: 1. Current gendered expectations, perpetuated by the media, are having negative real life consequences on kids and teenagers.2. There is an enormous lack of awareness on mental health, which, combined with stigmas, is both dangerous and deadly.3. Our contradictory attitude towards sex, where we don't talk about sex in school or at home yet allow pornography and a sex saturated culture to prevail, is having massive consequences on teenagers.

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels

Title The Prettiest Star
Author Carter Sickels
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2021-05-25
Category
Total Pages 296
ISBN 1938235835
Language English, Spanish, and French
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EW's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 - O Magazine's "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" - BookRiot's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020" - Lambda Literary's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020" - Salon's "Best and boldest new must-read books for May" - BookPage's "19 can't-miss reads from independent publishers" - Garden & Gun's "Best Books of May" - Logo NewNowNext's "11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring" A stunning novel about the bounds of family and redemption, shines light on an overlooked part of the AIDs epidemic when men returned to their rural communities to die, by Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award-winning author Carter Sickels. Small-town Appalachia doesn't have a lot going for it, but it's where Brian is from, where his family is, and where he's chosen to return to die. Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson's death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Lambda Literary award-winning author Carter Sickels's second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who'd rejected them. Six short years after Brian Jackson moved to New York City in search of freedom and acceptance, AIDS has claimed his lover, his friends, and his future. With nothing left in New York but memories of death, Brian decides to write his mother a letter asking to come back to the place, and family, he was once so desperate to escape. The Prettiest Star is told in a chorus of voices: Brian's mother Sharon; his fourteen-year-old sister, Jess, as she grapples with her brother's mysterious return; and the video diaries Brian makes to document his final summer. This is an urgent story about the politics and fragility of the body, of sex and shame. Above all, Carter Sickels's stunning novel explores the bounds of family and redemption. It is written at the far reaches of love and understanding, centering on the moments where those two forces stretch toward each other and sometimes touch.

Title Forensic Art and Illustration
Author Karen T. Taylor
Publisher CRC Press
Release Date 2000-09-15
Category Law
Total Pages 608
ISBN 1420036955
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As the number of stranger-on-stranger crimes increases, solving these crimes becomes more challenging. Forensic illustration has become increasingly important as a tool in identifying both perpetrators and victims. Now a leading forensic artist, who has taught this subject at law enforcement academies, schools, and universities internationally, off

Title The Biology of Beauty The Science behind Human Attractiveness
Author Rachelle M. Smith
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release Date 2018-06-08
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781440849893
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This thought-provoking book examines the science behind human attractiveness—the ratios, proportions, and other factors that to a large extent dictate what we find "beautiful." • Explores the high-interest and often controversial subject of beauty objectively, drawing on numerous scientific and psychological studies • Demonstrates both the universal and variable aspects of beauty, helping readers to understand how ideals change over time and from culture to culture • Examines the physical and psychological effects of living in a highly beauty-conscious society and highlights the impact of media on cultural ideals • Features a unique two-part organization that offers readers a broad conceptual framework followed by a detailed analysis of particular features that contribute to attractiveness

Face Value by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

Title Face Value
Author Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2017-06-27
Category Psychology
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781476754048
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Part social commentary, part cultural analysis, part careful investigation and part powerful personal anecdotes, a provocative book explores the relationship between appearance and science, social media, sex, friendship, language and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day,"--NoveList.

Title Survival of The Prettiest by Nancy Etcoff Summary
Author QuickRead
Publisher QuickRead.com
Release Date 2021
Category Study Aids
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Do you want more free book summaries like this? Download our app for free at https://www.QuickRead.com/App and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. Learn why humans gravitate toward pretty people. Have you ever noticed how things just seem to work out for pretty people? Or how you feel so much better about something if it’s visually gratifying? Author and psychologist Nancy Etcoff argues that these preferences indicate more than a simple preference for certain aesthetically pleasing things: it actually taps into one of the core drives that motivate human beings. Follow along with Survival of The Prettiest (1999) to learn about the relationship between beauty, evolution, and survival.

The Power Of Persuasion by Robert Levine

Title The Power of Persuasion
Author Robert Levine
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2003-02-21
Category Psychology
Total Pages 278
ISBN 9780471266341
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Looks at the power of effective persuasion, describing the mindset and tactics of persuasion professionals and detailing ways to protect oneself from becoming a victim of manipulation.

Title A Taste for the Beautiful
Author Michael Ryan
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2019-06-11
Category Nature
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780691191393
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, the astonishing story of how the brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans In A Taste for the Beautiful, Michael Ryan, one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off, transforming our understanding of sexual selection and shedding new light on animal and human behavior. Drawing on cutting-edge science, Ryan explores key questions: Why do animals perceive certain traits as beautiful and others not? Do animals have an inherent sexual aesthetic and, if so, where is it rooted? Ryan argues that the answers lie in the brain—particularly of females, who act as biological puppeteers, spurring the development of beautiful traits in males. Vividly written and filled with fascinating stories, A Taste for the Beautiful will change how you think about beauty and attraction in the animal world and beyond.

Beauty Pays by Daniel S. Hamermesh

Title Beauty Pays
Author Daniel S. Hamermesh
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2013-04-21
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 232
ISBN 9780691158174
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Demonstrates how society favors the beautiful and how better-looking people experience startling but undeniable benefits in various aspects of life. This title shows that the attractive are more likely to be employed, work more productively and profitably, negotiate loans with better terms, and have more handsome and highly educated spouses.

Title Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory The
Author Corey White
Publisher Random House Australia
Release Date 2020-08
Category Comedians
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781760899134
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Corey White was a golden child. He knew this because his father would hit his mother and his sisters but not him. And his mother adored him so much she let him drop out of primary school. After losing his father to jail and his mother to heroin, though, he became a target for cruelty and dysfunction in foster homes. A scholarship to a prestigious boarding school lifted him out of foster care and awakened a love of learning and reading for him, but this was soon overwhelmed by a crushing depression and drug addiction. Through it all, he kept thinking - sometimes hoping, sometimes fearing - that he was destined for something bigger. Would he find salvation in the halls of a university, or a poetically grimy crack den, or through love? Or would the golden glow that had been in him since childhood ultimately fade, leaving only darkness and ruin? The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory is a memoir of trauma and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it. It is a powerful, lyrical and darkly funny debut from one of Australia's brightest young comedians. 'Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey's story is one of the most powerful I have ever read.' Wil Anderson 'Look back in anger. Look around in acceptance. Look forward in love. Harrowing, and yet hopeful.' Tim Rogers

Title Origins of Architectural Pleasure
Author Grant Hildebrand
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date 1999-06-30
Category Architecture
Total Pages 174
ISBN 0520215052
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This engaging study discusses ways in which architectural forms emulate some archetypal settings that humans have found appealing--and useful for survival--from ancient times to the present. 119 photos. 6 line figures.

Intimate Relationships by Sharon S. Brehm

Title Intimate Relationships
Author Sharon S. Brehm
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001-08
Category Family life education
Total Pages 554
ISBN 0071130063
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Intimate Relationships, 3rd editon, by Sharon S. Brehm, Rowland S. Miller, Daniel Perlman, and Susan Campbell preserves the personal appeal of the subject matter and vigorous standards of scholarship that made the earlier editions so successful. Written in a unified voice, this text builds on the reader-friendly tone that was established in the first two editions. It presents the key findings on intimate relationships, the major theoretical perspectives, and some of the current controversies in the field. Brehm, Miller, Perlman, and Campbell illustrate the relevance of close relationship science to readers' everyday lives, encouraging thought and analysis. Classic contributions to the field are covered in addition to topics on the leading edge of research.

Beauty Junkies by Alex Kuczynski

Title Beauty Junkies
Author Alex Kuczynski
Publisher Harmony
Release Date 2008-01-15
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 290
ISBN 9780767914116
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A revealing glimpse inside the burgeoning business of cosmetic enhancement explores the frauds, follies, and fanaticism that exemplify American society's pursuit of youth and beauty by any means necessary, offering a fascinating glimpse of obsessive patients and the doctors who cater to them. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

The Name Of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Title The Name of this Book Is Secret
Author Pseudonymous Bosch
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date 2008-09-01
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780316039925
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Read the series that's sold more than 2 million copies--if you dare! Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.

Title Wisdom from the Four Agreements
Author Don Miguel Ruiz
Publisher Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
Release Date 2003
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 96
ISBN 088088990X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This Charming Petite* volume excerpts the bestselling original book in a concise and readable way, presenting "The Four Agreements: " Be impeccable with your word; Don't take anything personally; Don't make assumptions; and Always do your best.

Hope In A Jar by Kathy Peiss

Title Hope in a Jar
Author Kathy Peiss
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date 2011-11-29
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780812205749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How did powder and paint, once scorned as immoral, become indispensable to millions of respectable women? How did a "kitchen physic," as homemade cosmetics were once called, become a multibillion-dollar industry? And how did men finally take over that rarest of institutions, a woman's business? In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us the first full-scale social history of America's beauty culture, from the buttermilk and rice powder recommended by Victorian recipe books to the mass-produced products of our contemporary consumer age. She shows how women, far from being pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life. And she highlights the leading role of white and black women—Helena Rubenstein and Annie Turnbo Malone, Elizabeth Arden and Madame C. J. Walker—in shaping a unique industry that relied less on advertising than on women's customs of visiting and conversation. Replete with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, Hope in a Jar is a richly textured account of the ways women created the cosmetics industry and cosmetics created the modern woman.

Title Uglies Cutters Graphic Novel
Author Scott Westerfeld
Publisher Ballantine Group
Release Date 2012-12-04
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780345535306
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Experience the riveting, dystopian Uglies series seen as never before—through the eyes of Shay, Tally Youngblood’s closest and bravest friend, who refuses to take anything about society at face value. “From the moment we are born, we are considered threats in need of ‘special’ management. We are watched and shaped and exploited by a force most of us never see. . . . All to keep us safe. . . . Do you feel safe?! Or do you feel like you’re in a cage?”—Shay In Pretties, Tally Youngblood and her daring best friend, Shay, both underwent the operation that turned them from ordinary Uglies into stunning beauties. Now this thrilling new graphic novel reveals Shay’s perspective on living in New Pretty Town . . . and the way she sees it, there’s more to this so-called paradise than meets the eye. With the endless parties and custom-made clothes, life as a Pretty should be perfect. Yet Shay doesn’t feel quite right. She has little to no memory of her past; it’s as if something in her brain has inexplicably changed. When she reunites with Tally and the Crims—her rebellious group of friends from Uglyville—she begins to recall their last departure to the wild, and the headstrong leader she used to be. And as she remembers the truth about what doomed their escape, Shay decides to fight back—against the status quo, against the mysterious Special Circumstances, even against her own best friend.

Looks by Gordon PATZER

Title Looks
Author Gordon PATZER
Publisher AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
Release Date 2008-01-16
Category Social Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0814409695
Language English, Spanish, and French
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We all know one hard and undeniable truth: Physical beauty comes with tremendous power, and tremendous benefits. Those who possess it are generally luckier in love, more likely to be popular, and more apt to get better grades in school. But very few of us realize just how much looks affect every aspect of our lives. Recent studies document that people blessed with good looks earn about 10% more than their average-looking colleagues. They are also more likely to get hired and promoted at work. What exactly is this “physical attractiveness” phenomenon and how does it affect each and every one of us? Dr. Gordon L. Patzer has devoted the last 30 years to investigating this unsettling phenomenon for both women and men, and how it touches every part of our lives. In Looks, he reveals not only its impact on romance, but also on family dynamics, performance in school, career, courtroom proceedings, politics and government. Looks is the first book to explore how the power of beauty affects both sexes and how the rise of reality TV shows, cosmetic surgery, and celebrity culture have contributed to our culture’s overall obsession with being beautiful. Unflinching and topical, Looks uncovers the sometimes ugly truth about beauty and its profound effects on all of our lives.