The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration

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The Joy of Sweat The Strange Science of Perspiration
In The Joy of Sweat, Sarah Everts delves into the role of sweat role in the body ― and in human history.

Why is sweat salty? Why do we sweat when stressed? Why do some people produce colorful sweat? And should you worry about Big Brother tracking the hundreds of molecules that leak out in your sweat―not just the stinky ones or alleged pheromones―but the ones that reveal secrets about your health and vices?

Everts’s entertaining investigation takes readers around the world―from Moscow, where she participates in a dating event in which people sniff sweat in search of love, to New Jersey, where companies hire trained armpit sniffers to assess the efficacy of their anti-sweat products. In Finland, Everts explores the delights of the legendary smoke sauna and the purported health benefits of good sweat, while in the Netherlands she slips into the sauna theater scene, replete with costumes, special effects, and towel dancing.

Along the way, Everts traces humanity’s long quest to control sweat, culminating in the multibillion-dollar industry for deodorants and antiperspirants. And she shows that while sweating can be annoying, our sophisticated temperature control strategy is one of humanity’s most powerful biological traits.

Deeply researched and written with great zest, The Joy of Sweat is a fresh take on a gross but engrossing fact of human life.

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A New York Times Most Anticipated Book of the Summer
A taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink, and strange science of sweating.

About the author:
Sarah Everts has a master’s degree in chemistry, and has written many major publications including Scientific American, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and the Economist. Sarah teaches journalism at Carleton University and lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Book Details:
Title: The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration
Author: Sarah Everts
Publisher: ‎ W. W. Norton & Company
Published: July 13, 2021
Language: ‎ English
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN-10: ‎ 0393635678
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0393635676
Average review rating: 4.6/5

“An entertaining and illuminating guide to the necessity and virtues of perspiration…Everts is a crisp and lively writer.”
― Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
“A glowing, revelatory account that belongs on the same shelf with works by Ed Yong and Carl Zimmer.”
― Oprah Daily
“Everts has an easy hand with demystifying myths associated with sweat…Packed full of information and unexpected tidbits, this is hard to put down.”
― Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fascinating. “
― Kirkus Reviews
“Entertaining…As she tackles a subject that some people deem taboo or even gross, Everts incorporates interesting historical facts, market research and scientific discoveries, skillfully turning science into poetry.”
― Bookpage (starred review)
“A witty, informative, and quirky consideration of this bodily fluid…Perspiration is cooler than you’d ever imagine.”
― Booklist
“Engaging popular science that will spark the interest of anyone curious about this unique bodily function.”
― Library Journal
“The Joy of Sweat is meticulously researched, delightfully told, and―whether we like it or not―universally relatable.”
― Alex Hutchinson, best-selling author of Endure

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