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Packing for Mars
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space | Mary Roach
What happens to you when you cant walk for a year? When you cant have sex? Or smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles an hour? Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh veg, privacy, beer. To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations, and as Mary Roach discovers, its possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. Packing for Mars takes us on a surreally entertaining voyage into the science of life in space and space on Earth.
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mklong
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Roach brings her inimitable informative irreverence into outer space this time. More specifically, to the details, and often indignities, of humans in space. Ever wondered if astronauts get motion sick, have sex in space, or are ever jealous of monkeys? Mary Roach did, and found some very serious people to answer her questions. Her questions are often hilarious, but they are never irrelevant.

Crazeedi Shes hilarious 1mo
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LibraryCin
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It was interesting to read about how they made the flag “fly” (with no gravity!) on the moon, and also how to even pack it to bring with them, with the limited space available. There was one real transcript of three astronauts having a discussion when one of them noticed a “turd” flying in the air – omg, I couldn‘t stop laughing and crying reading that transcript! Kept me from continuing to read for at least 5 minutes, if not more!!

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Apinlibraryland
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My friend, a librarian at New York Public Library, gave me this Summer Reading map. SO FUN!

Reviewsbylola Our summer reading is space themed too! 3mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Hello Friends #LMPBC #Round6 #GroupX #TeamCanada
Here are some options for my pick. Let me know if any piques your interest, or if you've already read one. @FantasyChick @BookishTrish @StayCurious @Andrea4

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ShelleyBooksie Darn - I didn't even see the sign up for this round! 3mo
StayCurious I‘ve heard good things about ESPW. 3mo
Andrea4 ESPW would be first pick and then Lion. 3mo
FantasyChick What she said ☝️☝️ 3mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick 🤣🤣😘 3mo
Tereses Lion is great, much more detail than the movie. And its based in Tasmania! 3mo
BookishTrish They all sound good, but my first choice would be ESPW 3mo
FantasyChick Sounds good! 3mo
umbrellagirl I‘m not in your group but Punjabi Widows was excellent. 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Lots of books and comics prepped for my trip 😆

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Susanita
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1. 😢🤣❤️
2. Maybe next year?
3. Haircut, concert, packing for vacation
4. Youngest
#friyayintro

TheSpineView 💜😊📚 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage 👊🏻♥️📚 4mo
Julsmarshall 😄😘❤️ 4mo
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Sharpeipup Vacation to anywhere exciting? 4mo
Susanita @Sharpeipup I‘m going on a cruise around Northern Europe! 4mo
Sharpeipup Sounds lovely! 4mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I really loved this book. It was really interesting and funny and I learned a lot. I think if you liked The Martian, then this would be great to read because it gives you an idea of some of the actually science and real scenarios that could happen. Mary Roach just always makes science fun and entertaining.

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REPollock
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Mehso-so

This book was a decent diversion to listen to while doing mindless work. Not for the squeamish. I suppose i enjoyed it overall, but it's a popcorn book--when you're done, you don't feel like you've had anything substantial. Roach's voice is engaging and irreverent, and i see why people like her iconoclastic approach to the topics she writes about. After two of her books now though, i think i'm all set. Probably won't read another one.

sammisho I read Borg as bong at first! 😂 5mo
REPollock @sammisho LOL that would be a very different project. 🌬 5mo
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REPollock
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I guess I did always wonder what happened if you barfed in a spacesuit.

Crazeedi 🤣🤣 5mo
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Leniverse
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I'm only going away for a weekend. I'll be bringing my Kindle. I'll be staying at an actual library and fully intend to browse the shelves. And yet I somehow have four books I want to stuff in my handbag, just in case. 🤦‍♀️ But, I mean, they're only short books, right? For the train? In case I forget to charge my Kindle?
#ReadingRetreat

KellyHunsakerReads You are staying in a library??? How? I am jealous! 6mo
RachelO If the train‘s rammed, you need one in each pocket, so you can always get to one of them. And who knows whether there‘ll be a charge point on the train! 4 seems wise! 6mo
Leniverse @Hunsakermountain Yes! We‘re a group of Littens going to Gladstone‘s Library! It is a place of wonder. https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/ 6mo
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Leniverse @RachelO You‘re right! The return journey on Sunday, anything could happen. I could be stuck in the middle of nowhere for half the night and then shunted on to a bus that takes the roundabout route via England. Better make sure I save most of those books for the return. 6mo
julesG Gosh! You all make me look like a lazy bum. I'm definitely just taking my kindle and the blind date book. 6mo
Leniverse @julesG No, we‘re just making you seem sensible. 😂 6mo
Centique Foundation is AWESOME. I hope you love it. Also - super jealous about staying in a library! 😍 6mo
eraderneely My husband will be excited to chat to you about Foundation 6mo
KellyHunsakerReads Have fun! 6mo
Leniverse @Centique I have been meaning to read it forever! Finally bought the three first books over a year ago, and getting around to it now. 😜 @eraderneely Is he coming to the library? I might start with Foundation on the train then, so we can have a book talk. 😃 6mo
eraderneely He is coming to the library. He‘s a little unsure about who all these Litsy people are, but I‘m sure he‘ll enjoy himself. 6mo
squirrelbrain Oh, they‘re only little books - I‘d take a few more...! ❤️ 6mo
Leniverse @eraderneely You'll see he has a Litsy account of his own by the end of the weekend! 😄 6mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain 🤣 I do have a few hundred on that Kindle! 6mo
scripturient @julesG BUT you‘re also going to Waterstones in Chester with me, so you are doomed. (I have the weird ability to talk people into buying books, lots of books.) 😜😜🤣🤣🤣 6mo
scripturient @Leniverse Hahaha, yes!!!! How can he not want his own account after this weekend? 😁 6mo
scripturient And great selection! I‘m bringing two books from home but I want to buy two or three more on the way. 😊 6mo
Leniverse @scripturient @julesG True! I'm not going via Chester, so no bookstores for me. I feel good about bringing four books now, and need to resist the temptation to add more. 6mo
julesG @scripturient Temptress! 6mo
scripturient @julesG 😂😂 6mo
Tamra Definitely! 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m so jealous of this amazing weekend!!! 😩😩 5mo
Leniverse @LeahBergen 💞🤗 There might be a next time? 5mo
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REPollock
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This is both hilarious and fascinating. #audiobook
(Batik by Lauren Woods. It‘s 3‘ tall.)

Crazeedi Its beautiful!💖 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s gorgeous!!! And yes fascinating and fun book too. 6mo
arubabookwoman Beautiful batik! 6mo
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Joriebooks
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My books have been packed away into tubs. We‘re moving in a few months, so my books are going to be put into storage. I left out a few books for reading material.

Soubhiville That‘s hard to do, huh? Mine were packed for about 3 months between moves. Just think what a happy reunion you‘ll have once you settle again! 6mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I just packed up my books last night. 😭😭 We tent currently sure where they‘ll fit in our new home yet so they‘ll stay packed. Not a great feeling. 6mo
Jas16 One of the reasons I hesitate to even think about moving 6mo
Joriebooks @Soubhiville It is hard. We don‘t know yet how long stuff will be packed. We‘ll be living in my in-laws basement for a few months. 6mo
zsuzsanna_reads But think of the new bookcases when you do move in! 6mo
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MolliesaurusRex
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Excuse the packing mess, but he‘s too cute not to share. I can‘t tell if he thinks he‘s helping or keeping me from getting any more packing done, though. I know he wants to keep his girl here.

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TorieStorieS
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This is my third book by Roach - and I continue to thoroughly enjoy her writing style! She breaks down an interesting topic - here space - and makes it even more fascinating! She includes, history, science and humor to make this a great listen! Great for #AudioColoring but I think I want a physical copy too!

BookishMarginalia How pretty! 8mo
StellarDoc I love Mary Roach. I got to have dinner at her table at a conference several years ago, and she was a fantastic conversationalist. 8mo
Christine Gorgeous coloring! 8mo
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TorieStorieS @BookishMarginalia @christine Thank you!!! ☺️☺️☺️ 8mo
TorieStorieS @StellarDoc That‘s amazing!!!! What a wonderful experience!! I have to ask if she talked about poop though!! 🤣🤣🤣 the last two books that I read of hers ended with that subject being discussed in detail!! I know I could not go in zero gravity now!! 😳😳😳 8mo
StellarDoc @TorieStorieS She did not, but at the time, she had only written Stiff and Spook. 8mo
TorieStorieS @StellarDoc 🤣🤣🤣 Spook is on my TBR!! And Stiff was my introduction to her writing! I thoroughly enjoyed it! 8mo
StellarDoc @TorieStorieS I think the only one I haven't read is Grunt. 8mo
Crazeedi I've read 2 of hers and have another sitting on my tbr shelf! 8mo
TorieStorieS @StellarDoc I haven‘t read Grunt either- but it‘s in my Audible TBR! 😊 8mo
TorieStorieS @Crazeedi which two have you read? Other than this one I have read Stiff and Gulp! 8mo
Crazeedi @TorieStorieS I've read stiff and bonk! I have gulp on my TBR 8mo
TorieStorieS @Crazeedi How was bonk?? 8mo
Crazeedi @TorieStorieS as good as the other I read! 8mo
TorieStorieS @Crazeedi Thanks!! I will add it to my wishlist! 8mo
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monalyisha
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Mary Roach (who I keep accidentally calling “Mary Oliver” in my head, which is ridiculously funny to me given the differences in their personas) is the type of writer who boldly goes where no reputable non-fiction writers (that I can think of) have gone before. She nonchalantly throws around sentences like, “I happen to know what a cum shot in total weightlessness would look like” - & I respect her for it.

*Review cont‘d in comments below👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: This book about the ugly truth of space travel & its dirty, daily details is incredibly interesting & MR is witty as always. Fair warning, though: to read/listen, you must be okay with in-depth descriptions of bodily excretions. I don‘t consider myself a squeamish person (though my husband still isn‘t allowed in the bathroom while I‘m peeing 😅) - but be ready for a SHITLOAD (pardon my pun) of potty talk! 💩 (edited) 11mo
monalyisha 2/2: When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up... until I realized I was terrible at both math & science. 😖 “Packing for Mars” has made me a little less sad about my shortcomings. Despite the PERFECTLY-WRITTEN ending, full of wonder, hope & play, Mary has completely disillusioned me about how beautiful the experience would be. The proportion of stars astronauts see vs. the amount of zero-gravity turds they see is startling. 😱 (edited) 11mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 11mo
Bookzombie Love this review! 11mo
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monalyisha
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“Compressed food not only took up less stowage - which is how children & air designers say “storage” - space, it was less likely to crumble.”

jmofo That‘s super fun! 😄 11mo
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monalyisha
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“Egesta” is my new favorite euphemism for “faeces,” and an even better toilet brand name than Ejecto. Certainly better than Toto. Who names a toilet after a lapdog? Unless it‘s a Shit-Tzu. I‘d buy a Shit-Tzu toilet.”

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monalyisha
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“You may be wondering: Could Ella Fitzgerald explode your liver?”

#quotesoutofcontext 😂

Carolyn11215 Such a fun book!!! 12mo
monalyisha @Carolyn11215 I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. 🤗🚀 12mo
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monalyisha
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“With charm comes charm‘s sidekick: dilapidation.”

monalyisha Image: Richard Nilsen 12mo
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Merethebookgal
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Definitely some interesting stuff, as usual there were great little zingers that would catch me off guard and have me chuckling, and I love the audiobook narrator, but overall it didn‘t really keep my attention. It felt fairly repetitive; honestly I felt like so much of the book was about poop and other bodily fluids/functions, which are important factors into figuring out long space journey logistics, but, yeah, lots of poop talk. lol

readordierachel So much poop. But I thought it was interesting, lol 13mo
alanacristin 😂😂😂😂 13mo
Merethebookgal @ReadOrDieRachel Right?!? Every time I thought we were done with poop she‘d find another way to bring it back 🤣 but there was definitely some interesting information, too. 13mo
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BekaReid
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Mary Roach writes about the seemingly mundane challenges in space like hygiene, the effects of isolation, long-term health risks, time management, safety devices, nutrition, and human waste disposal. I was introduced to "fecal popcorning" among other things. Definitely an interesting read.

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BekaReid
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When you go to the library to pick up a book on hold (tagged) but have to just glance at the "new" shelf!

tammysue Nice! 13mo
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Booksnchill
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This book gives some of the behind the scenes science on space travel. The most interesting sections for me were in the last 1/3 all about the food, waste management 💩 and sex in space- I mean the questions we all have! Perhaps a bit dated as it was published in 2010 but the inside look at the Apollo and Gemini missions was fun. #Whiskey says he‘s ok going to Mars if he can nap the whole way there! #DogsOfLitsy!

GypsyKat Awe! 13mo
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Booksnchill
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A #BookRiotRoundRobinRead. My first Mary Roach book, looks very interesting!

vivastory I ❤ Mary Roach 14mo
TheWordJar I‘ve heard wonderful things about Mary Roach. Would definitely like to read this one! 14mo
Booksnchill @vivastory good to know! 14mo
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Booksnchill @TheWordJar i am enjoying it so far! 14mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love Mary Roach! Bonk and Spook were my favorites! 14mo
Booksnchill @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bonk sounds crazy- what is Spooked about? 14mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ghosts!! She investigates seances and ghost-sightings, the afterlife - stuff like that. 14mo
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youngreadrshelf
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These were my and my son‘s choices from Lemuria in Jackson, Mississippi. He said he had been looking at the Mary Roach but didn‘t choose it. I said I‘d let him read it when I was done. When I was done.

Peddler410 I love everything I‘ve read by Mary Roach. 1y
youngreadrshelf @Peddler410 I‘m not there yet, but I‘m working on it! 1y
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StellarDoc
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This seems a bit excessive for one graphic novel. Maybe Amazon was out of padded mailers?

Soubhiville Ugh I hate when they do that! 1y
candority Apparently you can email Amazon requesting minimal packaging on all of your orders. I haven‘t tried it because I only order from amazon a couple of times a year, but it might be worth a shot! 1y
StellarDoc @candority This was an Amazon Vine shipment, so I don't have that option. I use that option for my Amazon purchases, though. 1y
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StellarDoc @Soubhiville Me too! Luckily, the box is the perfect size for something I need to send to a friend, so it'll get reused instead of just recycled. 1y
candority Oh, that‘s too bad! I hate that amazon isn‘t more conscious of what packaging they use! 1y
StellarDoc @candority I hate it too. Luckily, this will get reused right away, instead of just recycled. That makes me feel a bit better about it. 1y
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Drnkpnkprincess
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1. Eleven times. Woah.
2. 500ish miles
3. Four 27 gal plastic tubs should do it...
4. Well, we tech are in our forever home but I do plan on moving into the cabin full time at some point.
5. Yay if your busy and going really far. Nay if you are moving close by, have friends with trucks, are super strong, and peeps who are willing to help!

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊❤️📦 1y
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SledgeReader
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1. 21 times not counting college

2. 6,720 Miles

3. I‘m embarrassed to say - hundreds

4. I am blessedly in my forever home! 🏡

5. Movers required - ALWAYS. @JoScho

JoScho Yay for forever homes 🏠❤️ 1y
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bookandbedandtea
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1- 4, thinking about one more 🤔
2- less than 20 miles, I've lived a small life
3- 25ish, books are heavy!
4- maybe, but we've lived here for 15 years and the kids became adults here so the amount of stuff we have (and memories in these walls) is astonishing! Makes thinking of moving harder. 😧
5- haven't in the past but might if we do make another move
@JoScho good luck with the packing and the move, makes me tired just thinking of it!

JoScho Thanks so much! 📦❤️ 1y
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FantasyChick
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1. Too many times to count
2. About half an hour away from my hometown, lol. I keep pretty close
3. I think last time I moved it was 12 boxes but I've gotten many more books since then so I would say about 16 now 🙃
4. I have committment issues. I tend to move every few years to keep it new and interesting 😂
5. YES!!! Although a handful of friends for free beer and BBQ afterward works pretty good too

#packingdistraction @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for the distraction 📦❤️ 1y
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RealLifeReading
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1. 5
2. From Singapore to California, oh just over 13,000km
3. One giant container should do it
4. I‘m not sure! We love where we are now but with the rest of our family living half a world away, there‘s always a pull to go back
5. Definitely

JoScho Wow that is a big move! 1y
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wonga
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unconventional history of what astronauts have to go through and behind the scenes scientific info that is unbelievably weird. i loved it! though i definitely will think about space travel from a less glamorous perspective now 😧 #LitsyReadingChallenge2018 #AboutSpaceOrAstronauts 🚀

RaimeyGallant Interesting. 1y
LiterRohde I really like Mary Roach. I have not read the tagged book, but enjoyed Stiff and Gulp. You are correct in saying that you never look at the subject the same way again. 1y
readordierachel I liked this one too! I am in awe of what astronauts are willing to do. 1y
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RiaWritten
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Getting there! 13 boxes down, ??? to go.

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Shaaaannnn
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My current read. I am on the slow train this year with my reading. It has been such a busy year, I simply have not made extra time to get in my reading. I‘m not sure if it‘s a good thing or bad thing that I somehow suddenly have a life.... lol. Anyways, halfway through with this one. Love it so far. Shout out to my coworker for letting me borrow it.

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Shadowfat
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This was an interesting look at the sides of being an astronaut no one talks about, although some of it was a little dry. If I thought I wasn't meant for space before, I definitely know now!

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slightlyfoxed
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My last apartment in Chicago was around the corner from Unabridged #Bookstore, and at least once a week I wandered in to peruse the sale shelves and make impulsive purchases. Years later, I still find these bookmarks tucked between pages. #readingresolutions

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Betty Yippee! Round Two officially starts 2y
Mdargusch Is it early? I thought we were sending our books February 28th?!?! 2y
Kangaj1 Yep, it is early, but I was done and headed to the PO anyway... 2y
tpixie WOot!! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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AngieAvers
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I don't look for dumbing-down in my non-fiction selections. Roach has a way of discussing serious aspects of a topic with verve; a twist of tongue that litters her prose with bits of welcome laughter. After Apollo, NASA's focus turned to experimentation in place of exploration. She explains that everything NASA does is essentially preparation for the next mission they choose. Mary Roach even "applied to be a subject in a simulated Mars mission".

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sprainedbrain
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I love Mary Roach. She makes nonfiction funny and entertaining for me. This audiobook provided me with everything I needed to know (and then some) about human endeavors in space travel, and made me laugh out loud more than once.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

DebinHawaii I've been listening to Endurance, Scott Kelly's memoir about his year on the Int'l Space Station. I should listen to this next to get the humorous side & strange factoids about space 🚀 travel. 😆Stacking. 2y
DebinHawaii @sprainedbrain OK, now you made me stack that one too! 😆👍 2y
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Sara_Planz
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Happy Jolabokaflod! #jolabokaflod

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annahenke
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#LRC2018 This includes a few challenging squares so I‘ll do my best! #readingchallenge

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Sweettartlaura
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Bailedbailed

Awww, man😕

I was LOVING this book!

And then... she spent a LOT of time talking about vomit. A lot. I know... that‘s kinda her thing. But it was more than I wanted. In fact, I tried to skip a couple chapters to get over it. But each new chapter just sounded ... gross 😝

So I had to bail. And now I know to just stay away from Mary Roach.

Texreader How disappointing!! 2y
Sweettartlaura @Texreader It was 😕. She‘s a great writer. And there is justification for some of this to be discussed. But she enjoys the gross stuff way more than I ever will, so she explores it way deeper than I want to. I can‘t say anything bad about her as a writer. I just have to accept she‘s not for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
CouronneDhiver Ew. Of all the “things” you could pick, maybe that one isn‘t the best 🤢 2y
AmyG Vomit's a dealbreaker. 👎🏻 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Some #TBT today, both would work as belated #Recommendsday as well. Two years ago today I was reading Packing for Mars, my first Mary Roach, which I picked up after reading & loving The Martian. Such a fun and wonderful science read (seriously it's fun)! And last year, I was just at the beginning of the incredibly interesting audiobook about Clinton's years as Secretary of State & learned so much about world politics & diplomacy during those years

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parasolofdoom
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Seriously NASA, you literally could have asked ANY new mother this

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sofiaga
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This is my first Mary Roach book. I have listened for 45 minutes and I already think she's awesome.

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parasolofdoom
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I've been reading this for a couple weeks between fiction books and it's really fascinating. Not just a book about space programs but about all the messy, nitty gritty parts you've never heard about. I learned a lot already about things I never even thought to wonder about. (Image stolen from an nbc article via Google)

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silentrequiem
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Roadtripping to Denver! Almost done with this one. Not sure what's on deck. I have several downloaded so I have choices.

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KarenUK
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#day7 #septembowie #lifeonmars I rarely read non-fiction, but I love Mary Roach's writing..... 💕

Cinfhen Great choice!!! hey, you safe??? All ok??? What's the #Irmasituation (edited) 2y
KarenUK Getting locked down and bracing ourselves for a pretty scary weekend.... thanks for all your kind thoughts.... I'll keep you posted when I can 😘💕 2y
ValerieAndBooks Hope you all stay safe!! 2y
KarenUK @ValerieAndBooks Thank you 💕 2y
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silentrequiem
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Car audiobooking. Incredibly fascinating, as expected.

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parasolofdoom

My first Mary Roach book. I was planning to just read the intro before bed but here we are, past 1 am and 75 pages later...