Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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The bestselling author of Stiff takes on the curious, hilarious intersection of delight and disgust that is digestion.
Publisher: London :, Oneworld,, 2013
ISBN: 9780393240306
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (viii, 340 pages) : illustrations

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HCL_staff_reviews Oct 27, 2017

Science writer Mary Roach takes the most taboo subjects, and delivers irreverent comic writing that informs you while making you laugh out loud. In <i>Gulp</i>, she seeks answers to questions most wouldn't even ask their doctor after a few cocktails. If you have ever wondered why so many people hate liver, if chewing your food longer will really make you lose weight, why certain smells are so offensive to us, or if any of the rumors about the manner of Elvis' death are true, this book is for you.
Also available as audiobook on CD. — Jennifer W., Westonka Library

Aug 07, 2017

Not my favourite of Mary Roach's books (that would be Stiff, followed by Bonk), because the information contained is fairly well known and mundane; most of the chapters come across as slightly kooky, first person science articles. In fairness, the impacted colon chapter gave me shameful joy.

Jun 08, 2017

She's done it again!

MomoT Oct 17, 2016

Mary Roach's science-themed books are always informative, diverting and amusing and this travel along the gastrointestinal tract is no exception.

I never thought I'd know this much about Elvis Presley's colon (and enjoy doing so).

Oct 10, 2016

Very funny and informative. Don’t read it while eating as some of the information is quite gross. It’s partly about the human digestive tract (from stem to stern) and partly about the author’s amusing adventures while researching the book. You won’t learn everything about it but at least you will get a taste of what’s going on inside your own system!

Aug 06, 2016

From top to "bottom" Mary Roach explains the workings of the alimentary canal with scientific history and humor.

Jan 29, 2016

Mary Roach's relentless passion has the strange ability to make almost anything interesting - even to process and mechanics of eating and digestion. A very enjoyable read.

Sep 30, 2015

Someone told me this was a great & funny book so I got it at the library. It was mildly interesting, not very funny and kind of boring. I don't know why anyone would rave about it. I was disappointed.

Jun 03, 2015

An easy to digest book. I had hoped, though, Roach would talk a bit about organs like the gall bladder and pancreas. Also, sometimes the humorous asides take over; I'm not sure some of the people who met with her will be happy with how they were presented in the book.

SFPL_danielay Feb 12, 2015

En-gross-ing! Digestion has never been this much fun.

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