The Body: A Guide for Occupants

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 15, 2019 - Science - 464 pages
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST 
LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD

"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." The Washington Post 

Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.


Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
 

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

As in his A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson is superb at explaining complicated things in a clear, easy to read manner. When appropriate, he uses humor, which, as I came to realize, in ... Read full review

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User Review  - yukon92 - LibraryThing

I learnt a lot about the body, which we all "occupy", as the author puts it. As is typical with his books Mr. Bryson goes very deep into explaining things. Read full review

Contents

How to Build a Human
Skin and Hair
Microbial You 4 The Brain
The Head
The Mouth and Throat
The Heart and Blood
The Chemistry Department
The Skeleton
The Lungs and Breathing
Food Glorious Food
The Guts
Acknowledgments
Sleep
Into the Nether Regions
Conception and Birth
Nerves and Pain

Bipedalism and Exercise
Equilibrium
The Immune System
Bibliography
Illustrations

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BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the WoodsThe Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society.

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