An honest, funny, neurotic, and totally gross love child of Mindy Kaling and Mary Roach. Forget that old fake news about sugar and spice. With wit and candor, Mara Altman tells us what girls are really made of -- and it's a hair-raising revelation. --Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Jitterbug Perfume 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? Also, why is breast cleavage sexy but camel toe revolting? Isn't it all just cleavage? These and questions like them have led to the comforting and sometimes smelly revelations that constitute Gross Anatomy , an essay collection about what it's like to operate the bags of meat we call our bodies. Divided into two sections, The Top Half and The Bottom Half, with cartoons and doodles scattered throughout, Altman's book takes the reader on a wild and relatable journey from head to toe--as she attempts to strike up a peace accord with our grody bits. By using a combination of personal anecdotes and fascinating research, Gross Anatomy holds up a magnifying glass to our beliefs, practices, biases, and body parts and shows us the naked truth--that there is greatness in our grossness.