The past few years I have been working slowly but surely through the works of Mary Roach. I find her style to be intoxicating, even if her subjects seem a little outside my own personal interests. When announced that her latest book would be about the science of war I was immediately wondering how her light-hearted and comedy heavy style would work with this subject. Once I realized that she was, as usual, going to focus on the weird eddies of science and discovery. In her introduction, she refers to herself as “the goober with a flashlight stumbling into corners […]
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I love Mary Roach. I will read whatever she writes, regardless of whether or not the subject area really sounds interesting to me. I was admittedly indifferent to this one, generally speaking, before I picked it up. The Read Harder challenge said to read a non-fiction book about science, and I knew Mary Roach was my gal for this. I enjoy Mary Roach’s smorgasbord approach to non-fiction writing. Each idea is linked to the next, but if you look at them from the macro you wouldn’t necessarily be able to predict how. Roach’s tone is respectful while simultaneously playful, and […]
Only Mary Roach would start a book with a story about diarrhea. I absolutely loved “Stiff,” so I had high expectations for “Gulp.” Also, I read “Stiff” over 6 six years ago, so her tone and style were a nice surprise all over again. I absolutely love the way she writes. It makes me laugh, makes me comfortable with uncomfortable, “taboo” subjects, and draws me in on the joke, making me a co-conspirator. That said, “Gulp” is a slight misfire in kind of a fundamental way. Maybe I enjoyed “Stiff” as much as I did because cadavers and the idea […]
Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal was something I’d seen on The Colbert Report and thought “huh that seems really interesting, I should read that.” But I know myself and I know that if it weren’t for my book club selecting it, I probably would still have it on my “to read” list. With Gulp, Roach seeks to explain how we eat, why we eat it, and what our body does with whatever we choose to consume. She does so with many humorous asides and interesting pictures, allowing the reader to really enjoy learning without seeming like a […]
Mary Roach never disappoints. This particular foray into science focus on the alimentary canal: how it works, why it works and everything else we know about it. As usual, Mary isn’t afraid to investigate everything from what your saliva does to how/why gas smells (including going to a laboratory that studies exactly that) to fecal transplants to cure colitis. She speaks to Elvis’s personal doctor. She gets stomach acid dropped on her arm (makes you itchy, apparently). She speaks with scientists who study food textures and pet-food flavors. She interviews a prison inmate about smuggling phones in his rectum, aka, […]
I have no idea why the author & book information was left out; it is there in the draft. Anyway, the book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. This is the purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/Gulp-Adventures-Alimentary-Mary-Roach/dp/0393081575. Ah, this is what a Mary Roach book should be.