I had long heard of Mary Roach's titles but never tried one. Gulp fell into my lap when a coworker heard about it and placed it on hold for me, figuring I would like it. I can see why Mary Roach's writing is so popular: she mixes great, science-y information with a fantastic sense of humor that is typically presented in tongue-in-cheek or dry asides as well as side-splitting footnotes. Gulp explores the digestive and excretory systems and some of the little-known research and researchers working in these areas. If you like science and also think a book like "What's Your Poo Telling You" is funny, chances are good that you will love this, too. I laughed and laughed and cringed and laughed.
Mary Roach's other titles are
- Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
- Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void
- Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
- Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
She is also editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2011
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