- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1st edition (July 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582345902
- ISBN-13: 978-1582345901
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair Paperback – July 11, 2006
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About the Author
Marion Roach is the coauthor of Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers, which has recently been sold to HBO films, and Another Name for Madness, a memoir of coping with her mother's Alzheimer's. A commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, she has published in the New York Times Magazine, Prevention, Vogue, Newsday, Good Housekeeping, Discover, and American Health.
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This book is easy to read and understAnd. The premise is only opinion.
In The Roots of Desire we do get a bit of insight into the meaning of red hair. Part history, part science report, part memoir, in this book Ms. Roach combs out some intriguing information: stories from religion & myth, genetic codes & psychological research, personal anecdotes. Overall, however, I was left a bit disappointed.
Perhaps I was simply hoping for something more or different, but I felt I was left unchanged by this book. I found it to be meandering when I wanted it to come to a point. I found it to be scattershot when I wanted more focus. In the end, I felt I knew more facts about redheads but nothing more about myself and my connection to them. Still, for someone who has an interest in redheads, this is a hard book to pass up. It has its pleasures which should be experienced.