Ahoy there me mateys! For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. So today I bring ye:
gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal (Mary Roach)
This book was so fascinating that I sat across from the first mate reading fact after fact out-loud to him, prompting discussions – interesting, varied, and oh so disgusting. Seriously ye will not be able to shut yer gob about these odd facts to those in yer proximity. Historical facts about enemas, Elvis, pet food, fecal matter, and saliva (seriously saliva is awesome) abound. Parts of it are funny, gross, but funny. I have always loved this author’s work ever since I read her book about cadavers called stiff. She takes subject matter that gives folks the heebie-jeebies (fecal transplants anyone?) and writes compelling, engaging, and thought-provoking commentary about her explorations of the subject. Other topics she has studied include spooks, the science of sex, and mars. I haven’t read her Mars one yet or the one about the science of war but they are on the list. If ye haven’t read her work I suggest ye give it a go. Taboo topics have never been so eloquently and matter-of-factly written about. I love her. Arrrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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 of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides 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 names 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? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks—or has the courage—to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.
Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
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