Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. 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 every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis?
In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of - or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach as our guide, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists - who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
©2013 Mary Roach (P)2013 Tantor
Fascinating. Silly. Gross.
Yes. Mary Roach makes science exciting and humorous.
Narrator matches the story- great delivery of sarcasm.
This book is dense at certain parts. I found my mind wandering a few times.
This book sounds like it was recorded in a poorly insulated closet. The narrator's attempts at accents were distracting and poor.
As an avid listener of National Public Radio, I remembered the interview and was intrigued at the time. Flash forward and I am struggling with some gastro issues. After learn2 enough through Googling I remembered GULP
Soooo glad I did. Extremely helpful with the whole picture of food intake. The surprise? The Author's writing style made it totally understandable, extremely interesting and even funny. Highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand what the body is doing before popping the next pill.
Some interesting information but unfortunately it was presented in the most repulsive way with graphic details. To top it off, the reader seemed to think she was reading comedy. I always read to the end of any book, but halfway through, I could not stand anymore of this.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Funny, informative, eye opening. Why couldn't they teach like this in school? On to another of Mary's books!
A real joy, learning and fun in one. I'm happy I've bought another two of her books so I'm not shaking with withdrawal quite yet
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