Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling 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:... show more
The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling 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. 15 illustrations
Publish date: April 1st 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 348
Edition language: English
Where to start? This was the book chosen (by popular vote) as The Flat Book Society's first official read. Opinions seem to be firmly split down the middle, and while possibly an inauspicious start to our fledgling club, it definitely generated a lot of discussion. My personal feelings abou...
TITLE: Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal AUTHOR: Mary Roach FORMAT: e-book ISBN-13: 978-0-393-24030-6 ______________________________________________________________________ NOTE: The Flat Book Society Book Club selected Gulp by Mary Roach as the book to read for September and ...
Although not quite entirely devoid of interesting content, it was pretty close. Instead of fact-based discussion about our digestive system with some humour sprinkled along the way, we're treated to 19th century experiments that the author admits did not contribute anything to the advancement of sci...
DNF @ 34%. I looked at my current reads this morning and just cannot bear the thought of spending more time on a book I evidently don't enjoy when there are so many awesome reads to be gotten into. Gulp was not the book I expected, even tho I had no idea what to expect. Maybe I had my hopes set ...
Yes, yes, yes. Roach does an amazing job at making something that could be quite boring (the digestive system) and makes it super interesting. I've been annoying everyone around me with facts about spit and the stomach! Full review to come :)