Mary Roach is just so wonderful to read.  Her books make me giggle and call out trivia to B.  Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal is no different. Yes, parts are gross.  The gross bits are surrounded by amazing interesting bits and are interesting in themselves. If you're really likely to be grossed out, I can say most of the book is set in and above the stomach.  Who knew mouths were so cool?   I think i liked this better than her last one which was about the science of getting humans to live in space.  Roach is really a brand now; if you liked something she wrote previously you'll like this one, and vice versa.  a 6 from me. 


  1. I'm so excited to read this book soon--it's going on vacation with me next week. I don't mind the gross parts when they're paired with fascinating facts and details!

  2. Yeah. Gonna have to read this one. She does gross really well! She contextualizes it enough that you sort of forget (maybe) along the way. Look what she did with cadavers, after all.

    1. Yeah, Stiff is a great book. All her stuff is fun.


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