Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Best Books of the Year | December 8, 2014

    Tracey T.: IMG Best Cookbooks of 2014



    As the cookbook buyer for Powell's Books, I am the lucky one who gets to choose every new cookbook that comes into our stores. This means I have a... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$15.95
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Airport Science Reference- General
3 Beaverton Health and Medicine- General
12 Burnside Health and Medicine- History of Medicine
16 Burnside GREEN- TABLE
5 Hawthorne Health and Medicine- History of Medicine
25 Local Warehouse Health and Medicine- Anatomy and Physiology
4 Local Warehouse NEWARRIVAL- NONFICTION
16 Remote Warehouse Health and Medicine- Anatomy and Physiology

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"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.

Review:

"Her funniest and most sparkling book." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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

Review:

"As engrossing as it is gross." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

"[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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393348743
Subtitle:
Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Author:
Roach, Mary
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Copyright:
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.3 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Suspect (Signet Novel)
    Used Mass Market $2.50
  2. Flash Boys
    Used Hardcover $19.50

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Featured Titles » Bestsellers
Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » New Arrivals » Nonfiction
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Anatomy and Physiology
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Reference » Science Reference » General

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$15.95 In Stock
Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393348743 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Her funniest and most sparkling book." Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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 , "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."
"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.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.