Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Emily Woo Zeller – Narrator
Audiobook - Duration: 08:21:15
Published April 1st, 2013 by Tantor Media
The irresistible, ever-curious, and bestselling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.

"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

My thoughts…

This was interesting and entertaining. I found myself telling my husband random facts after reading this book. I do enjoy books covering scientific topics, add a bit of humor and yucky moments and I will definitely stay interested in the subject.

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Shelly Frasier – Narrator
Audiobook - Duration: 08:00:18
Published August 19th, 2008 by Tantor Audio
Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

My thoughts…

Once again, this was fascinating and entertaining. If you are interested in donating your body to science when you die, read this before. The author covers topics such as: cadavers used for teaching surgical techniques, human decomposition, the use of cadavers in car crash studies, for ballistic testing and cremation. I enjoyed this audiobook, except the sections that discussed experimentations on animals. The unattractive topics are softened somewhat by the authors sense of humor.

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4 comments:

  1. I agree that these types of books are much better when they're handled with some humor. Glad you enjoyed these for the most part.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. If it was all facts and details I'm sure I would have take reading breaks, I'm glad that author adds humor. I'm looking forward to reading her other books.

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  2. I have seen this author around for a while and keep thinking that I need to give her books a try. Stiff sounds exactly like the kind of book that I would enjoy. I am adding it to my wishlist.

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    1. I've never heard of her books until I saw a YouTube video and someone mentioned that they are great books to read for Nonfiction November. I'm glad my library had them available. I hope you enjoy it.

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