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San Diego Author Explains Why She’s Embraced Her ‘Gross Anatomy’

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The cover of “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back)” by Mara Altman is pictured.

Finding out why we have the smells, bumps, leaky bits and stray hairs that plague us and coming to terms with them is the message of a new book called “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back).”

The book of essays by Mara Altman, who grew up in the San Diego area and has returned to raise her family here, explores how the female body works and why she got a pelvic massage went on a topless bike ride and other personal adventures to better understand her own.

"If I was plucking or doing laser on my face I was really doing it out of fear and anxiety that I would be found out, now that it's out in the open and everyone knows I have a goatee and that I've researched a lot of the reasons around the feelings and the context of the shame, how it was created, I don't feel as bad about it, I don't feel like I'm in hiding," Altman said.

Altman will join Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the book.

She will be taking part in the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books at Liberty Station on Saturday. She’ll also be at an event on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Book Catapult in South Park.

San Diego Author Explains Why She's Embraced Her 'Gross Anatomy'


Mara Altman, author, “Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back)”


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