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: 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bness2 - LibraryThing
Excellent book. Has a lot of information that most people have probably never heard of before, with just enough humor to make it go down easily. Mary Roach has a way of taking on taboo subjects and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rosalita - LibraryThing
I've been reading Mary Roach's writing for such a long time. Before she ever wrote a book, she was a talented and prolific magazine writer. Every month when I got my copy of Hippocrates magazine (what ... Read full review
lower the national debt?
Someone ought to bottle
How to survive being swallowed alive
The alimentary canal as criminal
than clear a room?
and other ruminations on death by constipation
just one thing