Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal

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Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

WW Norton | April 2, 2013 | Hardcover

Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
“America’s funniest science writer” () takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in . 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 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 at our side, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.09 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393081575

ISBN - 13: 9780393081572

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best Roach's high water mark seem to be "Stiff" and "Spook". Since then her books have become more disjointed and corny. Gulp jumps all over the place with no logic and often gives the science part short shift in favour of a cheap laugh. Yes there were lots of neat nuggets which I could find using Google too but where is the unifying tone or opinion that would make this more than a grab bag? I get the sense that Roach has been coasting over her last few books and for now she will be a borrow instead of buy until she returns to form.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating trip down the digestive canal So if you're ever mildly interested in things that most people think are "gross", this book may well be for you. I learned so many interesting little anecdotes and mind-boggling facts (Elvis died from complications related to his MEGACOLON!) and yes, I came away with a much greater appreciation for all things digestive. To top it all off, it's written in a casual, humourous and engaging style. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-05-14

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Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.09 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393081575

ISBN - 13: 9780393081572

About the Book

The irresistible, ever-curious, and always bestselling Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm that people carry around inside.

From the Publisher

“America’s funniest science writer” () takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in . 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 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 at our side, 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.

About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

Editorial Reviews

“There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach—her infectious aw for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners... She is beloved, and justifiably so.” “As engrossing as it is gross.” “Far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach’s love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance. . . . Never has Ms. Roach’s affinity for the comedic and bizarre been put to better use. . . . “Gulp” is structured as a vastly entertaining pilgrimage down the digestive tract, with Ms. Roach as the wittiest, most valuable tour guide imaginable.” “A delicious read and, dare I say it, a total gas.” “With the same eager curiosity that she previously brought to the subjects of cadavers, space, and sex, the author explores the digestive system, from mouth to colon.” “[A] merry foray into the digestive sciences….Inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science.” “You’ll come away from this well-researched book with enough weird digestive trivia to make you the most interesting guest at a certain kind of cocktail party…Go ahead and put this one in your carry-on. You won’t regret it.” “ is about revelling in the extraordinary complexities and magnificence of human digestion.” “A witty, woving romp of a book… Roach…is a thoroughly unf
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