Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

eBook - 2013
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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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Mar 07, 2018

Funny, easy to read, nothing like what you would expect a book about the digestive system to be...Surprising!

AL_JILLK Jan 23, 2018

This author brings gross science to life with a keen interest and an abundance of humor.

Jan 08, 2018

2018 Deschutes Public Library Author! Author! author for January 2018

It was good for this genre but I have firmly decided I can hardly stand this genre of "science(y) writing." Descriptions of the people you consult: what they wear, their eye color, etc. Who gives the slightest? This is science. None of that matters even remotely. It also simply adds fluff and removes word count from the actual topic.

Her humor is generally quite sophomoric and just too much with the focus on "apropos" names and such.

I doubt I will be reading any more Roach books and hope to avoid many more books like it as I have already encountered way too many.

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.

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