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Gulp

by Mary Roach

W W Norton | April 2, 2013 | Hardcover

Gulp is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) 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 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.

Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: W W 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

by Mary Roach

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: W W 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" (Washington Post) 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 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.

Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

About the Author

Mary Roach was born and raised in Etna, New Hampshire. She has a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. She spent a few years as a free-lance copy editor before she landed a job at the San Francisco Zoological Society turning out press releases. She then moved on to write humor pieces for such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated. Her article "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, in 1995. In 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award. She published several books such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and Packing for Mars (2010).