If a fast-food approach to facts is your idea of reading fun, you'll love this collection of snippets on the sexes.
But when I picked up this intriguingly titled book, I expected more -- much more than 218 pages of bare-bone discussion of the distinctions and disparities between men and women.
Thanks in part to the feminist and humanist movements, men and women are not only snapping up information about each other, but they are also learning it's okay to be themselves. And although there is still a long way to go, we have made some progress since the mid-70s.
Yet reading Jane Barr Stump's hard-bound collection of clippings, some culled from medical journals and popular magazines dating from 1975, I got no sense of any movement. Nor does she offer any solutions to, say, sexism and its inequities.
Unfortunately, despite her credentials -- she has, according to a Morrow publicist, graduate degrees in health sciences and social work and is a "therapist in a Honolulu wellness program" -- about the only thing "What's the Difference?" shows is the gulf between enlightening writing and an empty $13 presentation of loosely organized facts best relegated to the Trivial Pursuit reference shelf.