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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series)

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  • Sales Rank:2,486,528
  • Format:Large Print
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:Lrg
  • Pages:439
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):1.1
  • Dimensions (in):5.5 x 1 x 8.5
  • Publication Date:September 11, 2013
  • ISBN:141046153X
  • EAN:9781410461537
  • ASIN:141046153X
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Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis
A New York Times Bestselling Author The irresistible, ever-curious, and always bestselling Mary Roach 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 ever bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. And, like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
Amazon.com Review
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013: Mary Roach’s investigations into weird body science were inspired by a plastic torso with removable organs in her fifth-grade class, “the point at which curiosity began to push aside disgust or fear or whatever it is that so reliably deflects mind from body.” Since then, she’s investigated death (Stiff), sex (Bonk), life after death (Spooked), and life in zero-gravity (Packing for Mars). Now, she cruises down the alimentary canal with Gulp. As you’d expect with Roach, this isn’t a methodical top-to-bottom tour. It’s more delightful and memorable than that. She’s a gorgeous writer, a master of sly asides, puns, and the bizarre but ultimately relevant story, sounding at times like an absurdly well-informed comedian (her footnotes are must-reads). And her evocative portraits of experts obsessed with their piece of the digestive puzzle--the surprising properties of saliva, nuances of chewing and digesting, and, yes, the incredible control of the colon--coaxes her readers beyond the gag reflex, inspiring awe for the world inside ourselves. --Mari Malcolm

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