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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers | Mary Roach
A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility.
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LaraS
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I'm not bothered by the things we do with *dead* bodies so much as I'm bothered by the things we do to *living* ppl that's hidden in these pages. Research cadavers for bullets. Research cadavers for war. Research to put killers behind bars, and research to acquit those wrongly accused. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely support these endeavours; they're incredibly valuable to society. It's just...I dunno....can't we all just get along? #screamathon

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vivastory
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?"Stiff" Mary Roach
?Bone Tomahawk
?"Haute Tropique" Man Man
#manicmonday @JoScho

Karisa Stiff is such a good book. Read it years ago but parts still come floating to mind sometimes. 1d
vivastory @Karisa I think it's one of my favorites by Roach 1d
RavenCatReads Book: Gideon the Ninth! 17h
JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤💀🖤 15h
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julesG
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#Variable

#QuotsyOct19 @TK-421

"Rigor Morris is more VARIABLE: It starts a few hours after death, usually in the head or neck, and continues, moving on down the body, finishing up and disappearing anywhere from ten to forty-eight hours after death."

GingerAntics I‘ve had this and Bonk on my wish list for years now. I‘ve only ever heard good things. Snarky but informative I think is about the way it was originally described to me. lol 1w
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Lexeegee
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Pickpick

I think I have found my next binge-worthy author. Her sense of humor makes a rather gruesome subject easier to deal with. If you have a weak stomach, I would suggest you pass on this one. But if, like me, science is fascinating, this is a good one.

vivastory I love Mary Roach. I really liked 2w
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kezzlou85
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Pickpick

This is quite a graphic look at bodies after death. Not for the squeamish. There was some interesting details in this but it didn't capture my attention as much as I thought it would. Its heavy on detail in some places. I did find the history fascinating and realizing just how much our bodies can tell about accidents etc. 3*
First book finished for #24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3w
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Lexeegee
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Not sure if this is really breakfast appropriate ready. But here we go.

thereadingowlvina I loved this book! Read it twice! 😁 4w
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Blaire
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Ruthiella A toe tag is the perfect cover! 4w
Blaire @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @ruthiella thanks! It is also my favorite book of hers. 4w
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Megara
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“How to know if you‘re dead” — something I ask myself frequently

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Samplergal
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Pickpick

Considering the subject matter, this book could have gone sideways quickly. It was, however, delightful. Discussing all the ways we can be “ handled” after we die, the author‘s sense of humor makes this a great book to read or listen. I recommend the audiobook, as the dry sense of humor is well conveyed. 4🌟

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KarenUK
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#AyUpAugust #Human

Its an odd thing to say but I really loved this book. I am not at all squeamish, so found all the info about what happens if we ‘donate our bodies to science‘ super fascinating! Mary‘s writing makes this topic really accessible and at times pretty funny!
As someone who wants to donate every useful bit of me, once I‘m gone, I loved all the different chapters on all the research cadavers are used to help...

thereadingowlvina I loved this book! I read twice! 😁 2mo
Stacypatrice I have this in my TBR basket 🧺 2mo
Hooked_on_books I loved it, too! 2mo
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Cinfhen I couldn‘t get into this book 🙁 2mo
squirrelbrain Do you think someone slightly squeamish could manage it?! 2mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain maybe?! 😂.... there‘s definitely some icky stuff, but she is such a fun writer it makes it palatable... 2mo
Reggie I wouldn‘t mind being that mulch she describes from that lady in Switzerland or Sweden. 2mo
KarenUK @Reggie 😂😂.... I kept thinking that all through the book! “I wouldn‘t mind being that one..... “ “or that one....” etc! 2mo
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HoneyBeeLee
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Lunch time is never complete without a good book 😌📖📚

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Not necessarily the most appetizing book, lol. But a certainly a fascinating read. 😊 3mo
HoneyBeeLee @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego working with a county coroners office have made me not so easily grossed out to eat and read this. 🤣 before this job I probably would have waited until I wasn‘t eating. 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Haha, well then this book is nothing. Eat away! 😆 3mo
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Billypar
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Is it weird that I found this oddly comforting? Roach has this deft ability to find the humor in corpses, while never failing to give departed humans and their families the sensitivity and respect they deserve. But the humor was important to me- it helped take a little of the sting out of so much death. She covers wide-ranging territory: science, history, research, and strange but true stories. And the audio narrator, Shelly Frasier, was perfect!

Billypar I'm not going to explain the picture, but if you read it, you too may now have a permanent association with Rice Krispies 🤢 4mo
Trashcanman The popping teeth In the crematorium. If I recall correctly. 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, gross. 😆 I have it waiting on my shelves. 4mo
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Billypar @Trashcanman It's compared to the sound of maggots having a meal. But about what you mentioned, I didn't realize that cremation is bad for the environment because of the mercury in fillings...never would have imagined. 4mo
ruskigurl16 Thank you for the reminder. I ❤️ this book. ☠️ 4mo
Trashcanman @Billypar yea that book was far out. Check out Gulp by her too. You'll learn about concrete enigmas. 4mo
Billypar @LeahBergen Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😀 4mo
Billypar @ruskigurl16 No problem 😁 It was really strong all the way through. 4mo
Billypar @Trashcanman Gulp was the other one of hers I read: I really liked it too. I think I'm going to try Spook next. 4mo
Reggie I really want to be frozen and then vibrated apart into mulch. 4mo
Reggie Nice review!! 4mo
Billypar @Reggie Thanks! And me too- I can't understand why so many people were opposed to it (except maybe those in the funeral industry). 4mo
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Smarkies
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Mehso-so

This should tackle the "something with a death".
I thought I would have liked this better than I did owing to the subject matter. But unfortunately I found some parts of this a bit dull. ?
#nonfiction2019
#audiobook
#somethingwithadeath

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Smarkies
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Starting on this one today..... 😁
#audiobook

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behudd
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Mehso-so

I understand why people like it & find it humorous & fascinating. I, however, am a terrible nonfiction reader in general and in this one I just could not get past all the references to animal testing. I should have seen it coming, but I didn‘t. Aside from that, this book now being 16 years old made me question a lot of the “new” science & what was happening now. She writes well, practically & with, at least what I found to be, appropriate humor.

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behudd
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Pretty funny to be sitting in a packed Starbucks, eating a bagel, listening to a book on corpse decay 💀😂

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Beccaboo2216
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I've been reading this book for 2.5 years! Time to finish this bad boy.

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RamsFan1963
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Bailedbailed

This should be right up my alley, but try as I might, I could not warm up to the subject. It wasn't poorly written, I just found myself drifting unfocused while reading it. Maybe I will try again later, maybe the moods not right. I know when I haven't touch a book in 3 days it's time to move on 😞😞

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Christinak
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Crude jokes were made. School-children snickered. Reporters from newspapers across the country criticized the carnival air of the proceedings and the lack of religious ritual and due #solemnity. Cremation was all but doomed to an early grave.

#QuotsyMar19 #31DaysOfNonFiction
#solemn

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Beccaboo2216
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My murder mystery bookshelf is coming along nicely! I have finished 6 books and working my way through two (Stiff and Sons of Cain)!

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RamsFan1963
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1. Tagged, Alliance Rising and ...And Then You're Dead
2. Captain Marvel
3. Hot Spiced Tea

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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heyitsMacall
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Panpan

I would be nothing without my experiences with human cadavers. With that said, I didn‘t like the way this author wrote about whole body donors. This book makes more sense for a high school student before they take a dissection/prosection course.

mdhughes72 What do you mean? Do you work with cadavers? 7mo
heyitsMacall @mdhughes72 in undergrad I took gross anatomy with prosected cadavers. My university had 15+ cadavers at the time. Last year I took graduate level gross anatomy and dissected. 7mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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I brought my vehicle in for some some minor repairs and the shop just happened to be next to a new & used bookstore and I found this book! It's been on my wishlist for years and I am so glad that I found it! 😃

Reviewsbylola Great book! 7mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Pickpick

This is one of my favourites book. I revisit this on Feb 10, 2019 and it's still an entertainingly fun audiobook! Science + humor = 👍👍👍

Rating: 5🌟

More reviews at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1859251676

#rereadfavouritesFeb2019

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mrozzz
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I never would have thought I'd be so entertained listening to Roach's research on the varying ways human corpses can be used for research and live a second life after the individual's death. It should be obvious that this is not for the squeamish, but despite the inclusion of numerous gruesome details, like those surrounding decapitation and crucification, it was easy to get past since the rest is just too fascinating to look away from.

RebL Ah! Same. As gruesome as it seems, I read this after my father passed away and it helped me in grief. 7mo
Wannabe_Quijote This one is great! I assign it in my “death and dying” course 7mo
mrozzz How apt!! Glad it helped 💜 @RebL 7mo
mrozzz That seems perfect! @Wannabe_Quijote 7mo
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REPollock
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Pickpick

This was a surprisingly fun read, for a book about dead bodies. The woman who read the audiobook had a kind of deadpan delivery that I think was supposed to be funny but which got on my nerves. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I‘d read it as a paper book.

Crazeedi Love mary roach, this was a good book 8mo
behudd I‘m having the same problem listening to the audiobook now! Getting ready to pick up the paper copy instead (edited) 6mo
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REPollock
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Next audiobook... ⚰️

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LizzyFara
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This book is continuously blowing my mind. It‘s kind of a slow read for me because there‘s so much information to take in and I need time to process. My perspective is changing on so many things..

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MistyNichole
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My first Blind Date with a Book display! My date is Mary Roach‘s Stiff!!

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litterairy
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We read Stiff for book club this month. I read it a couple of years ago and it's still an entertaining history of what happens to your body after you die and the history of care of the dead. Naturally, I made cookies.

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Reggie
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2 years ago, I read this book and my review said I wouldn‘t mind having my body frozen to kill all the bacteria then vibrated apart to be turned into mulch because of what a woman in Sweden had invented. It wasn‘t available in the U.S. back then but NOW a different method with the same result is closer than we think. Thanks, Mary Roach!! (Insert NBC shooting star logo with The More You Know Logo here, lol)

Bookzombie This is fascinating. After I read this book, I wanted to donate my body to a body farm or science. 🙂 9mo
Reggie @Bookzombie that‘s cool!! I also thought of that because the University of New Mexico is mentioned in the book and I thought about donating mine to them. 😊 9mo
emilyhaldi Ohhh!! That‘s pretty cool. I could see @Mdargusch being interested in becoming mulch to use in her lakeside garden 🌸 9mo
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Reggie @emilyhaldi awww 💐 🌺 🌸 🌳 9mo
Hope_a There is some kind of urns where they put human remaining with a seed from a tree. When the tree is big enough you can repot it in the ground. It‘s really cool idea. 9mo
RaimeyGallant Compost me! 9mo
RaimeyGallant I've emailed back and forth with the woman you are referring to (book research.) I think it's called premation instead of cremation. And yes, there us at least one test facility in the U.S., for an expedited compost process, and it's very dignified, but it was still at the proposal stage last time I checked. 9mo
Reggie @RaimeyGallant yeah!!! Compost me, too!! That‘s cool. Hopefully it comes through. 9mo
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Americanbookdragon
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I try for an average of 50 books a year. Last year I read 8 extra books. So my goal was 42 books. I ended up reading 77 books making it 35 extra books I didn't have to read. So technically I only have to read 15 books next year, haha.

Sometimes books get in the way of living my life, maybe it's not such a bad idea to slow down.

#bookdragon #readabook #bookaholic #bookaddict #reads #bookobsessed #goodreads #bookgoal #readabook #bibliophile

Birdsong28 Congrats 🎉🎊📚📖 9mo
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Shazzer
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Pickpick

Gross but incredibly interesting. Makes u think about death but not in a fearful way.

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BookaholicNatty
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Today was the last official day of the semester!!!!! Woohoooo!!! Exams are over and now I wait for final grades to be posted! This is the book I gave my Anatomy teacher today after my exam and I was sooo excited to give it to her!!! She loved it and that makes me even happier! She was a wonderful teacher and really worked with me since I was taking that along with my nursing classes! I want to read this one too, Mary Roach is a fantastic author!

Trashcanman That's a great book. 10mo
LauraJ That‘s the book that made me a Mary Roach fan forever 🖤 10mo
Ruthiella Perfect gift for your teacher! 10mo
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Reggie This book makes me want to be freeze dried, vibrated apart and used as mulch when I die. So good. 10mo
hissingpotatoes I read very, very little nonfiction but I absolutely loved this one! 10mo
TNbookworm This is a great book! 10mo
fleeting I'd recommend Caitlin Doughty's books! 😊 10mo
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AutumnRLS
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The other three books I'm steadily working my way through... #tbrproblems

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Meganphil
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“We are all nature, all made of the same basic materials, with the same basic needs. We are no different, on a very basic level, from the ducks and the mussels and last week‘s coleslaw. Thus we should respect Nature, and when we die, we should give ourselves back to the earth.”

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Meganphil
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“Death is a possibility for new life. The body becomes something else. I would like that that something be as positive as possible.”

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Christinak
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The looks I got reading this in public!
This book is fascinating and I read this straight through. Highly recommended if you are looking for some non-fiction reading. I was afraid it would be gory because of the subject matter but she wrote this well. She was able to convey what she needed to without being gross. #allhallowsread

VioletBramble I frequently have conversations about the cadaver farms. Those were the most interesting parts of the book, to me. 12mo
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

Loved this one. It's informative, well researched and well written. Mary Roach presents an uncomfortable topic in a very straight forward manner, with a little humor and a lot of dignity.

I will have to read some of her other books now.

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julesG
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Morbid? Gross?

Just sent this picture to a friend. She thinks I'm crazy pairing this book with my healthy breakfast.

I told her, #OneWayOrAnother I do have to get through my #TBR. If that means reading while eating, so be it.

She told me I was strange and misunderstood her meaning on purpose. (she's right 😜)

#OctoberXFiles @Robothugs @Cinfhen

Christinak I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this book. 12mo
aeeklund I got very strange looks on a plane when this book first came out due to my reading and giggling. (edited) 12mo
Linsy 😆 12mo
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julesG @Christinak @aeeklund - it is well written, contains a plethora of information, and it's funny/witty. Just got to her cocktail party small talk topics. 😂 I'd love to meet Mary Roach at a party. 12mo
RachLovesTV This is one of my favorite books! It was a fascinating and eye-opening read, and I couldn't stop telling people about it, both while I was reading it and after. 😂 12mo
RachelO This post made me laugh loads. And head off in search of breakfast! 12mo
Crazeedi Great book! 12mo
CouronneDhiver Well played 👏🏽👏🏽 12mo
Cathythoughts Nice one ... 👍🏻 12mo
julesG @RachLovesTV If I hadn't got an organ donor card already, after chapter 8 I would get one. So much for informative. This book is so good. Guess I'll also be gushing about it for some time. 12mo
julesG @RachelO I'm glad to have given you a good laugh in the morning. Do you feel better? 12mo
arlenefinnigan Pah. I read colonoscopy reports while eating my lunch. (Looks a fascinating read!) 12mo
RachelO @julesG Doing surprisingly ok thanks. Final treatment's on Monday, (🎉) then I can start getting back to 'normal' (whatever that means!) 😁 12mo
Cinfhen Ha! I‘m on the same page as you!!! And I‘ve yet to read Mary Roach but her books seem fascinating 12mo
julesG @arlenefinnigan A girl after my own heart! 😉 12mo
julesG @RachelO Sounds good, given the circumstances. As strange as it might sound, I'm thinking about getting something similar to chemo for my MS. But first I need to have a new MRI to find out how active the MS is at the moment. If it's active in my spine, the health insurance company may be persuaded to pay for the expensive new drug that's supposed to reset my immune system. 12mo
julesG @Cinfhen You say books? I have to do better research. 12mo
RachelO @julesG That's interesting - I hadn't heard of anything like that. Sounds like it might be a positive way forward- how are you feeling at the moment? 12mo
julesG @RachelO I'm okay-ish. Wiped out easily and need a lot of quiet time. It's been 14 years since my diagnosis on Thursday, it made for a strange day - anniversary squeamishness. There are a lot of new treatment options available now, plus more becoming available soon. I'm just hoping, and working, towards getting back to some sort of 'normal' at the moment. 12mo
RachelO 😔I'm sorry. Can imagine the anniversary is very weird. But the new treatment options sound hopeful - I was so glad to have 'today's' treatment rather than 5 years ago for both surgery and drugs. It's amazing how quickly things move on. And as for the new 'normal' - take it easy I guess. It's been a rough year all round! {hugs} 12mo
Bookishlie I just bought her “spook” and “bonk” books as well as this one! (edited) 12mo
julesG @RachelO A new normal will happen. 12mo
julesG @Bookishlie I'll certainly have a look at those books, too. 12mo
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Bookworm54
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The past few weeks have been very busy, but I have finally finished Stiff.

This book won‘t be everyone‘s cup of tea. It discusses in detail the things cadavers can be used for when donated to medical science. It describes the process of decomposition, future funeral techniques (some may even be current now that 15 years have passed), and yet there is humour and awe interspersed in this book.

Life doesn‘t have to end when you die.

#Science

Crazeedi I love Mary roach's writing. Have read a couple and have this one on my shelf now 13mo
Velvetfur That sounds really interesting - stacked! 13mo
Bookworm54 @Crazeedi I bet she would be fantastic at dinner parties! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thos was a fascinating read. 13mo
Crazeedi @Bookworm54 she really would! 13mo
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PrezBookster
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Starting my creepy reads!

LaurenReads Such a good book! 13mo
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Bookworm54
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My #BookHaul are two books you wouldn‘t normally pair up... however I have been wanting to read Stiff for ages, and have been looking forward to Mob Kitchen since they announced they were doing a recipe book, so here they are!

Mob Kitchen doesn‘t seem to be on the database yet, but is a collection of recipes that feed 4 for less than (c8. And they all look DELICIOUS!

Stiff is to further satisfy my morbid curiosity. ☺️

#CadaverLife #MobKitchen

Clare-Dragonfly I just finished Stiff! It was great! 13mo
CherylRussell I‘ve wanted to read Stiff for ages, but alas...too many other books await. 13mo
Linsy I‘ve always been curious about Stiff! 13mo
Bookworm54 @Linsy @CherylRussell so far it is amazing. Written so well and covers so many topics without being gruesome. Definitely read it when you get chance! 13mo
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julesG
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Managed to read a few pages, the introduction, while at the hairdresser's.

As you can see, I was in need of a cut. I feel like a person again. 😁

Yes, I'm without any colour, none in my hair, no make-up, not even my shirt is very colourful. Speaking of colour, I was tempted but didn't buy any of the lovely blue crockery. I just couldn't decide which design to take.

The introduction of the book is promising.😁😁

#nonfiction #TBR #MountTBR

Reviewsbylola You look fantastic and those dishes are adorable! 13mo
Mdargusch Love it! I would mix and match that pottery. 👍🏼 13mo
Kalalalatja It looks great! And I can‘t control myself around pottery 😄😄 13mo
Bklover You look great!! 13mo
SilversReviews Your hair looks great. That pottery is gorgeous...it would be difficult to choose. 13mo
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julesG
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I keep telling myself that I can #SleepTheDayAway once I've either cleared my #TBR or am dead.

Let's find out how good the dead sleep. I'm taking this book to the hairdresser's.

#septemberdanes @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Cinfhen I've heard her books are great ☺️nice way to spend a Friday morning 💇🏼 13mo
Verity I really enjoyed this. Less macabre than I thought it would be too. 13mo
Kalalalatja I look forward to see what ypu think of this 👏 13mo
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julesG @Cinfhen @Verity @Kalalalatja - didn't have to wait long, so I only managed to read the introduction, but I've laughed out loud, asked myself why I hadn't come up with this book idea, and have had tears in my eyes. If the rest of this non-fiction is as good as the intro, then I'll give it 6 stars out of five. 13mo
Cinfhen WOW!!! All that from the intro!!! #stacked 😍❤️🙌🏼 13mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂 good one! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I liked this one. It was interesting. 13mo
Blaire My favorite of hers! 13mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I‘ve wanted to read this book for years, and it did not disappoint! It‘s a fascinating, and sometimes disgusting, look into many of the things that can happen to human bodies after death. Some sections are outdated after fifteen years, but still worth the read. I would caution my fellow animal lovers—there is a surprising amount of animal dissection and experimentation discussed. The squeamish should probably skip this. But I‘m glad I own a copy!

Readergrrl Have you read any of her other works? 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Readergrrl Not yet, but I surely will now! 13mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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This book has had a few moments of surprising time-boundedness. Roach interviewed Dr. Oz, but lists him only as a “heart transplant surgeon”—the book was published in 2003, before he was on Oprah. I was also confused to see that the body farm she visited was the only such facility, since I know several exist. But when I looked it up, I found that the second one was only established in 2006.

Clare-Dragonfly @MrBook I picked this up at Sellers Books in Jim Thorpe! 13mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 13mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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“Why lie around on your back when you can do something interesting and new, something useful?”

I totally agree with the author! When I die, I want my body donated to a body farm, where decomposition is studied for forensic science. Also, do cruises really exist where you lie around and help with a research project? I‘d love to do that.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Yesterday I visited several antique and/or used book stores. I didn‘t find anything for my #WitchPleaseSwap match, alas, but I did grab this for myself!

EloisaJames I loved this book! The chapter on burials is still sorting through my head. 13mo
monalyisha I‘m listening to one of hers right now (Packing for Mars)! I really like her so much. 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha I haven‘t read any of her other books but I‘m pretty sure I will in the future! This is great so far. 13mo
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly PfM is only my second Mary Roach but I think she‘s so smart & witty! 13mo
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starlight97
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This book contained everything you need to know about cadavers in science - from automobile crash tests through the examination of decay to the testing of the effects of land mine explosions. Yes, they tested all that on dead people. It's very well-researched and sometimes even funny, but it's definitely not for the squeamish.
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