Book cover of Egg: A Dozen Ovatures by Lizzie Starkby Lizzie Stark

An unconventional history of the world’s largest cellular workhorse, from chickens to penguins, from art to crime, and more.

The egg is a paradox—both alive and not alive—and a symbol as old as culture itself. In this wide-ranging and delightful journey through its natural and cultural history, Lizzie Stark explores the egg’s deep meanings, innumerable uses, and metabolic importance through a dozen dazzling specimens.

From Mali to Finland, mythologies around the globe have invested the egg with powers of regeneration and fecundity, often ascribing the origin of the world to a cosmic egg. An oracle to Romans, fought over by Gold Rush gangs, used as the foundation of the Clown Egg Registry, and blasted into space, the egg has taken on larger proportions than, say, the ovum of an ostrich.

Interview with the Author

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Egg w/ Lizzie Stark
6/5/23             69 min

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Lizzie Stark traces the history and cultural impact of the ‘Egg’
4/10/23            10 min

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#701 Egg – Science, Marvel and Importance: Lizzie Stark
3/2/23           43 min

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