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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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ISBN13: 9780393081572
ISBN10: 0393081575
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"America’s funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal that Gulp explores 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? In Gulp 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.

With Roach as our insatiably curious guide, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists (one is a certain Dr. McNaught, who gleefully sets fire to a young man’s belch), Eskimos (with whom Roach eats the eye of an Arctic char) and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), nuns, terrorists (who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts), scammers and schemers, and so we learn about ourselves.

Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Review:

"Fans of lively writing will be delighted by the newest monosyllable from Mary Roach. Once again Roach boldly goes where no author has gone before, into the sciences of the taboo, the macabre, the icky, and the just plain weird. And she conveys it all with a perfect touch: warm, lucid, wry, sharing the unavoidable amusement without ever resorting to the cheap or the obvious. Yum!" Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature

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"Mary Roach put her hand in a cow’s stomach for you, dear reader. If you don't read Gulp, then that was all for nought. Plus, you'll miss out on the funniest book ever written about guts." Carl Zimmer, author of Evolution: Making Sense of Life and Parasite Rex

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"As probing as an endoscopy, Gulp is quintessential Mary Roach: supremely wide-ranging, endlessly curious, always surprising, and, yes, gut-wrenchingly funny." Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Review:

"There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach — her infectious aw for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners... She is beloved, and justifiably so." Jon Ronson, New York Times Book Review

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"As engrossing as it is gross." Entertainment Weekly

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"Far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach's love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance....Never has Ms. Roach's affinity for the comedic and bizarre been put to better use....Gulp is structured as a vastly entertaining pilgrimage down the digestive tract, with Ms. Roach as the wittiest, most valuable tour guide imaginable." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"A delicious read and, dare I say it, a total gas." Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

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"With the same eager curiosity that she previously brought to the subjects of cadavers, space, and sex, the author explores the digestive system, from mouth to colon." New Yorker

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"[A] merry foray into the digestive sciences....Inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science." Brian Switek, Wall Street Journal

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"You'll come away from this well-researched book with enough weird digestive trivia to make you the most interesting guest at a certain kind of cocktail party....Go ahead and put this one in your carry-on. You won't regret it." Amy Stewart, Washington Post

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"Gulp is about revelling in the extraordinary complexities and magnificence of human digestion." The Economist

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"Relentlessly fun to read." Bee Wilson, The New Republic

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"Never before has the process of eating been so very interesting....After digesting her book, you can't help but think about what that really means." Micki Myers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"One of my top criteria for pronouncing a book worthwhile is the number of times you snort helplessly with laughter and say, 'Wow! Did you know that...' before your long-suffering spouse throws a book at you from across the room. My personal spouse says that, in this department, Gulp takes the cake." Adam Woog, Seattle Times

Synopsis:

The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.

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About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

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Kacey, March 21, 2014 (view all comments by Kacey)
A strong stomach is recommended for this disgustingly fascinating book. Learn all sorts of things you never knew you wanted to know! Like, was South Park right? If you shove food up your butt will you really poop out your mouth? And why should hooping only ever refer to hula hoops? This humorously informative book is the adults version of "The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body". You'll never think about eating the same way again!
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writermala, July 27, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
This book is subtitled, "Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," well reading the book was an adventure indeed! If you had told me I would be reading, let alone raving about, a book devoted largely to spit and S**t, I would have scoffed. Now I know different.

I am not sure if Roach is just outright funny, tongue in cheek, or at times even serious when she cracks me up. Her chapter headings and footnotes are particularly hilarious and my personal favorites are"Revenge of dinner," and "Inflammable you: fun with hydrogen and methane." If there is only one non-fiction book you are letting yourself read this year, this is the one - i.e if it doesn't make you recycle your dinner!
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melbutler02, June 10, 2013 (view all comments by melbutler02)
Mary Roach has done it again. A humerous, sometimes disturbing, hard-to-put-down read, Gulp answers questions about the alimentary canal that you never knew you had. Why do terrorists conceal drugs but not bombs in their digestive tracts? Can one actually survive being swallowed alive? Answering these questions leaves the biggest question unanswered: is there anything Mary Roach won't do for the love of science?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393081572
Subtitle:
Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Author:
Roach, Mary
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Physiology
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130401
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393081572 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fans of lively writing will be delighted by the newest monosyllable from Mary Roach. Once again Roach boldly goes where no author has gone before, into the sciences of the taboo, the macabre, the icky, and the just plain weird. And she conveys it all with a perfect touch: warm, lucid, wry, sharing the unavoidable amusement without ever resorting to the cheap or the obvious. Yum!"
"Review" by , "Mary Roach put her hand in a cow’s stomach for you, dear reader. If you don't read Gulp, then that was all for nought. Plus, you'll miss out on the funniest book ever written about guts."
"Review" by , "As probing as an endoscopy, Gulp is quintessential Mary Roach: supremely wide-ranging, endlessly curious, always surprising, and, yes, gut-wrenchingly funny."
"Review" by , "There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach — her infectious aw for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners... She is beloved, and justifiably so."
"Review" by , "As engrossing as it is gross."
"Review" by , "Far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach's love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance....Never has Ms. Roach's affinity for the comedic and bizarre been put to better use....Gulp is structured as a vastly entertaining pilgrimage down the digestive tract, with Ms. Roach as the wittiest, most valuable tour guide imaginable."
"Review" by , "A delicious read and, dare I say it, a total gas."
"Review" by , "With the same eager curiosity that she previously brought to the subjects of cadavers, space, and sex, the author explores the digestive system, from mouth to colon."
"Review" by , "[A] merry foray into the digestive sciences....Inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science."
"Review" by , "You'll come away from this well-researched book with enough weird digestive trivia to make you the most interesting guest at a certain kind of cocktail party....Go ahead and put this one in your carry-on. You won't regret it."
"Review" by , "Gulp is about revelling in the extraordinary complexities and magnificence of human digestion."
"Review" by , "Relentlessly fun to read."
"Review" by , "Never before has the process of eating been so very interesting....After digesting her book, you can't help but think about what that really means."
"Review" by , "One of my top criteria for pronouncing a book worthwhile is the number of times you snort helplessly with laughter and say, 'Wow! Did you know that...' before your long-suffering spouse throws a book at you from across the room. My personal spouse says that, in this department, Gulp takes the cake."
"Synopsis" by , The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.
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