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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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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Panpan

The use of human cadavers to further knowledge and science, and to improve vehicle safety for example is a very interesting subject. Unfortunately, this book is all over the place, it resembles a trivia book, a list of "fun" facts, staying mostly on the superficial layer of things. And Mary Roach's humor is juvenile at best... I was quite disappointed ?

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Cheshirecat913
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Pickpick

I did find this book interesting.
For me, it was just enough science, without being scientific, so it was a light read. I pretty much cringed through most of the book with a slightly digusted face on because decomposing bodies, and bodies parts are gross to me though.

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

Interesting book to finish up on Christmas Eve 😏😂

I had been thinking about my days back in veterinary anatomy class, so it was interesting read about all the uses for human cadavers (and some funeral practices). The part about head transplants freaked me out a bit, but otherwise she struck her usual balance between humor and information. She was a respectful when it was needed, which I appreciated. Not my favorite Mary, but a good read!

BarbaraBB What a book to read on Christmas Eve 😂🥰 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB right!? 😂 4w
Tianarose I read this earlier this year. Completely fascinating. I can definitely agree about the head transplant. 4w
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Cinfhen It‘s the right color scheme 😜 4w
Reggie I totally want to freeze dried and shaken into mulch when I die because of this book. 4w
Megabooks @Tianarose yes, it really kept my attention! 4w
Megabooks @Cinfhen for sure! 😂😂😂 4w
Megabooks @Reggie my grandparents cremains were buried in biodegradable boxes in a field of flowers. That sounds really nice too! 👍🏻 4w
Centique @Reggie yes! I want to get to be part of a tree finally. I haven‘t read this one yet but I hope there‘s a mulch option coming soon 🤞🤞🤞 4w
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BeeMagical
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Pickpick

Book 128📚
Thank you to @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego for this one!👏🏻
This book was SO interesting!! All of the different ways body‘s are used after death ☠️
Definitely a morbidly hilarious read😂👌🏼

I‘m excited to read her newest book - FUZZ!🐻

DinoMom I love her books. This was one of my favourites! 2mo
BeeMagical @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego that one sounds super interesting too!! 2mo
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galueth28
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Pickpick

Very informative and fun, for a book about death.

This was my October #bookspin and one of the books I wanted to finish for the #NovelNovember readathon, so 👍 for me.

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BeeMagical
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& I am sure there are TONS of 🐮 encountered during battle…😂

@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - Such an interesting read!👏🏻🖤

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad you're enjoying it, I love Mary Roach. 2mo
Suet624 😆😆😆 2mo
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heylaurenmack
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Not my usual cup of tea despite how much I love true crime but my girlfriend takes it to the next level so I told her I‘d give it a go. Surprisingly interesting! And connects some dots for when you‘re sitting there going “how do they know that???”

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BeeMagical
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I couldn‘t sleep/wait any longer!!😂

@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego EEK! I love it all so much!! The bath bomb smells (and looks) amaaaazing😍
I am going to rock the shit of of these socks and the white&gold 🎃 matches my decor perfectly😘👌🏼
The BOOKS!!! I can‘t wait to get into Contain! Just perfect for Covid life right!?😉
& Stiff!! This looks SO SO interesting!! And a HILARIOUS choice in reference to my “head in a box”😂😂 I love it!!! #AHS

BeeMagical Also - the card is SOOOOO CUTE!! I love the kitties! 🐈‍⬛ 3mo
BeeMagical Thank you so so so much @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego !! I know I will have more to thank you for tomorrow!!🖤🖤 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yay! I'm glad you like everything. 🎃🖤 3mo
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mcctrish
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I listened to this ( it was available while I waited for holds to come in) it is darkly informative and perfect for October. I had no idea some of the ways donated bodies are used, or that cannibalism is still a thing. MR has a very curious mind and a really engaging way of writing ( be careful eating during some of this if you are listening 🤢)

Tianarose I just finished this one today, very interesting read! 3mo
mcctrish @Tianarose right?! I had no idea about so much in this book 3mo
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Tianarose
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Feels like a good time of year for this one.

DinoMom I enjoyed this book. It was one of my favourites of this author. 3mo
Tianarose @DinoMom! I‘m enjoying quite a lot so far! 3mo
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monalyisha
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I knew this about her already but Mary Roach is a very visceral writer. I grimaced so hard through the first few chapters of this cadaveriffic book that I‘m a little worried about wrinkles. 😂 But I settled in.

I learned some things I won‘t soon forget: namely, the definition of “mellified man” & the intricate & bizarre details of a successful, real-life head transplant (performed in the 70s)! And, because it‘s Mary Roach, of course I laughed. 💕

monalyisha The Wikipedia entry for “mellified man”: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_man. I live to serve. 💀🍯 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Ummm thanks for that definition 😳 😱 😂 4mo
monalyisha @Chelsea.Poole Oh, you are so very welcome. 😜 4mo
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Mollyanna
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My first finish for #20in4. Also, my first Mary Roach book. This was an interesting look at what happens to bodies after death. Although it could have been completely gruesome, Roach presented the information in a unique and sometimes humorous manner. I‘ll definitely try another of her books.

This is my 2nd book for #14books14weeks2021

Readergrrl Such a great book. I‘ve bought this book multiple times because my students borrow it so frequently that it gets worn out or lost all the time! I‘m okay with that!! ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Mollyanna @Readergrrl It was fascinating! I can see students being enthralled by this book. 7mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 7mo
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Mollyanna @Andrew65 Thank you. 7mo
Mollyanna @TheAromaofBooks Forgot to note that this was my April #bookspin. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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MaggieCarr
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Hmmm didn't expect the cadaver & food chapter "eat me" when I warmed up lunch but it is what it is. ?

Meghan1 I loved that book! Hope it didn‘t spoil your lunch! 😂🤣 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I love Mary Roach! She is hilarious and informative. I am a weirdo who can watch surgery shows while eating though so this would not bother me 😆 7mo
MaggieCarr 4⭐ This book has been on my TBR shelf quite a while after discovering that, as an adult, I enjoy non-fiction when more than I expected to. Written in 2003 the last few chapters are future thinking but are now reality such as the horticultural burials, absolutely a fascinating read. 7mo
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Autumnscribe
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A little light reading.

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Jedi_Bruno
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Morbidly fascinating. A fun read.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#AlphabetTitles #LetterS #nonfiction
I have so many S titles it will be 3 posts.
I adore Mary Roach one of the best general nonfiction writers out there.
Selfish Shallow and Self Absorbed & Spinster books made for me it is so nice to have books that show you are not the only wierdo out there who does not want children or to live in a traditional relationship.
Stamped is the most important book here. Required reading for everyone.

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Hestapleton
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We are taking a day off from moving so I‘m on a reading ROLL since this will probably be my last dedicated reading day for the month. I finally finished this #lmpbc pick, which was just as fascinating on my second read as it was for my first in high school! And I‘m even more committed to organ donation as I was before! @iread2much I‘ll get this in the mail as soon as I can!

iread2much Thanks so much! I‘m glad you liked it, although I am sorry you had to re-read it, but glad it was still interesting. And no worries about the time, I‘m glad to get it back when you can. 1y
Hestapleton @iread2much no don‘t be sorry! I first read it AGES ago, so it was a like-new reread for me :) 1y
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EadieB
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Day 12 - #Stiff #MaryRoach #QuotsyOct20

I read this book last month.

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Hestapleton
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@EadieB you spoil me with your #lmpbc parcels!! 💜💜💜

Crazeedi @EadieB is the bestest!!💕 1y
EadieB @Crazeedi Thanks! I may have to check out your TBR list and send you some more books! Go through and take off the ones you do want or already have. Your birthday is coming anyway so that‘ll give me time to get the books together! lol (edited) 1y
EadieB @Hestapleton Enjoy your books! I love 💕 to spoil people. 1y
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Crazeedi @EadieB you are too much! I will check my list. But really not necessary, thank you for thinking of me. 1y
EadieB @Crazeedi I‘m getting rid of lots of books so I should definitely send some to you, my friend! 1y
Crazeedi @EadieB 😍❤️📚 1y
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EadieB
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#Stiff #MaryRoach

This is an hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. Roach combines scientific information and makes funny comments to make the info go down easier. I read this with a group of Litsy friends who made comments throughout. It was interesting to see what others thought about the book. I look forward to reading another of her books and would recommend this book to those who love science.

perfectsinner Great book 1y
EadieB @perfectsinner I enjoyed it too! 1y
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EadieB
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iread2much Yay! 1y
Hestapleton @iread2much I‘m going to be late getting this one back to you! We are in the middle of a move and I haven‘t had much time to read. I‘ve got less than 100 pages left so hopefully I can get it to you early November. Sorry!! 1y
iread2much No worries! Have a safe move! 1y
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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

The topic was fascinating. Unfortunately, this book fell short for me. The author inserted herself into this topic far too often and her humor was juvenile at times and downright off-topic and inappropriate in others. The constant use of footnotes to make snarky, side comments added nothing and detracted from the topic.

The underline quote from the book pretty much sums up my feelings. 2.5 stars

RamsFan1963 I'm glad it wasn't just me. I didn't care for it and ending up bailing 1y
wanderinglynn @RamsFan1963 Nope, you are not alone. I skimmed the last few chapters. Interesting topic, but she did not do it justice. 1y
julesG I liked the information. It made me Google a lot, just because I'm morbidly curious. 😁 But I agree, the humour was off-putting and I still haven't read the last chapter. 1y
wanderinglynn @julesG yes, the topic is fascinating. I think it‘s human nature to be curious about death and what happens post-mortem. But her style didn‘t work for me. 1y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Great choice 💀 1y
perfectsinner Love this book 1y
aa_guer2021 This was a fun one. 💀 1y
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wanderinglynn
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Self-care Saturday

Remembering RBG today. I am just devastated that we lost such an amazing person. She will greatly be missed and the Court will not be the same without her. 💔😭

Bette 😢 1y
SW-T 💔😢💔 1y
Bookzombie 💔 1y
Chelsea.Poole She was certainly amazing 😭 1y
Leftcoastzen So heartbroken & fear for the future of the court. 1y
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K.Wielechowski
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Absolutely fascinating!!
Stiff is about human cadavers who have been donated to science and all the different things they‘re used for from car crash testing to human composting, to plastification (think the BodyWorks exhibit).
It was a little tough right at the beginning but once I got used to the topic, it was great! The author is a layman and has humorous observations throughout so it didn‘t feel like a textbook.

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EadieB
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#LMPBC #GroupE #Round9 #Stiff #MaryRoach

@Kaila-ann Just received my book. Thanks for sending it Priority Mail. Little expensive but got here in 2 days!

Looks like a very interesting book!

Sleepswithbooks Great book! 1y
Kaila-ann Well if I could get it together and have it out on time then I wouldn‘t have to keep using priority 😉. My own fault. Glad it made it safely and I hope you enjoy it!! 1y
EadieB @Kaila-ann Next time don‘t worry about sending priority as I can‘t read it til next week anyway. I‘ll just read it whenever the book comes. I hate to see you spend so much when media mail would be $2.80 for this book. I don‘t care if the book is late. 1y
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Kaila-ann @EadieB that‘s sweet, thank you!! I‘ve already started the next book and I‘m hoping to have it in the mail before I leave town for a week 🤞🏻. Hoping it will have plenty of time to get to you 😊 but thank you again! 1y
EadieB @Kaila-ann You‘re welcome! Take your time, no rush as I have plenty to read. 1y
perfectsinner Loved this book 1y
CassieT Such a fun book! I‘m about to reread it actually because I glazed over some of it last time due to some personal health issues going on. But I remember liking it! 1y
EadieB @CassieT Hope your doing better now and will enjoy the book. 1y
EadieB @perfectsinner Great to hear! 1y
iread2much I‘m glad it made it! 1y
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wanderinglynn
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#3books (currently) borrowed from the library

Spook - I‘m currently reading, but am not as into as I thought I‘d be.

Stiff is next up because it‘s due back soon.

Followed by How to Be An Anti-Racist.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 1y
rubyslippersreads “I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks.” Well, I don‘t know if I do, but the Cowardly Lion does. 😂🦁 1y
Tineke Spook was not what I had expected it to be. Stiff was way more interesting and fun to read. 1y
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Gissy I want to read Stiff. Sounds so interesting! 1y
wanderinglynn @Tineke yes, I‘m finding that too. I am looking forward to reading Stiff—several people have recommended it. 1y
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UnRuLee
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My hold for Stiff finally came through, and it was worth the wait for sure. Mary Roach‘s writing is incredible as always—intelligent and illuminating, but wildly funny at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed learning all the weird stuff we‘ve done (and considered doing) to human bodies after death.

Sleepswithbooks This was my favorite of her books so far 🙃 1y
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wanderinglynn
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When 4 #libraryholds come available at one time.

I‘ve had several friends recommend Mary Roach‘s books to me. So I‘m looking forward to both of these. Then I‘m long overdue to read Michelle Obama‘s memoir.

Soubhiville Nice! That‘s a terrific stack! 1y
LostInSpace Mary Roach‘s work is amazing, you‘ll have to tell me what you think! 1y
wanderinglynn @Moosmoo 👍🏻 will do! 1y
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bio_chem06 I love Mary Roach! I‘ve red everything she‘s written. I think there was only 1 that I didn‘t enjoy at 100% but I still like it over all. 1y
bio_chem06 Read* 1y
wanderinglynn @bio_chem06 Spook is next in my to-read stack. 👍🏻 1y
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DHill
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So, I don‘t know what this says about me, but I just started this and I‘ve already laughed out loud. Heartily. Several times. For whatever reason, it seems to be what I need right now. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

wanderinglynn A friend recommended this book to me, but I wasn‘t so sure. But if you laughed out loud, then I‘ll have to give it a go. 👍🏻 1y
DHill @wanderinglynn let me know what you think! 1y
Soubhiville I loved this book. 1y
ElizaMarie This is so good! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

Not as entertaining as Bonk, this still held some OMG laughter moments for me. It went down so many rabbit holes that you felt like you were on the research trail with Roach. And there is much food for thought here. #authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville

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Jemmygem
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Interesting and gross all at the same time. Lol

Readergrrl Love this book! Actually, I‘ve enjoyed all of her books!!! I‘m not a big nonfiction reader but Mary Roach does a great job of keeping me invested! 2y
Sleepswithbooks I was reading this on my break at work one day and my coworker saw the cover. Her response to it was, “What is wrong with you?” 😂😂😂 2y
Jemmygem @Stacypatrice That‘s awesome lol 2y
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allureofbeauty I loved that one. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hey friend, did you ever send off "Packing For Mars"? I still haven't received it. 1y
Jemmygem @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have it but am working from home. Will try to get out to post office in town in the next few weeks. Sorry. 1y
Jemmygem @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have sent you the book sorry it took so long..... xoxo 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Sounds good and no worries. I look forward to seeing everyone's comments. 1y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

This book contained more information than I ever thought I'd want to know, but it was presented in an interesting way. This book is full of interesting and strange stories about dead bodies.
#AuthorAMonth #MaryRoach @Soubhiville
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Thanks for the share; stack add for me 📚🙏🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Eggs
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Pickpick

Great Book! Roach‘s clever and thorough style keeps you engaged! I now know more about death, skeletons, and cadaver science than I ever thought I would

#authoramonth @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Freespirit Looks interesting! 2y
ElizaMarie I loved it as well!! 2y
Eggs A warning - try not to eat rice or gooey stuff during the putrefaction segments 😂😂😂 @freespirit @ElizaMarie 2y
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TheAromaofBooks I've heard a lot of good things about this one!! 2y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks Roach has the best (dry & clever) sense of humor! 2y
Freespirit 😂😂😂😬 2y
Eggs @Freespirit 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Eggs
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“The human head is of the same approximate size and weight of a roaster chicken.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

Klou 😂😂 that's an interesting first line. 2y
Eggs @Klou ...you have no idea...💀😳☠️ 2y
Eggs @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira ❣️ 2y
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Skygoddess1
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This was my first Mary Roach book and I really enjoyed it. I never thought I‘d be one for medical non-fiction, but this taught so much while managing to be engaging and she explained things in a wonderful manner. I especially loved the mention of my alma mater Colorado State and their Vet School. Can‘t wait to pick up my next Roach book. #AuthorAMonth #AAMMR

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michellelav
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Pickpick

This book was really well written! You wouldn't think a book about cadavers would be so witty but Mary Roach has a great way of approaching the topic. She doesn't hold out on details, if you have a weak stomach, I'd avoid this one.😁It's SOO interesting to see what happens to some bodies after death. So many things I never would have known you could do with your cadaver. Very interesting, likely to reread this one! 😊📖 #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I've heard good things about this one!!! 2y
michellelav @TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed it! I'm also reading her book packing for mars 😊 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

Finished this on my walk today. I thought I would enjoy it more.

Tdumatrait It was just a bit too clinical for me. Found some really cool information but after a while her voice became just a rumble in my brain. I had to take notes to keep myself involved 2y
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rather_be_reading
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3 chapters done! Its going so fast already!

lahousewyfe Love this one! Mary Roach is such an engaging writer. 2y
allureofbeauty It‘s a good one. 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Book 69 of 2020
#audiobook #scribd

Vivlio_Gnosi Add this to my #TBR stack. Thanks! 2y
rather_be_reading @Vivlio_Gnosi haha ur welcome! 2y
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RowReads1
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I attended a #WeLoveBooks benefit for Moe‘s Books in Berkeley, with science writers Mary Roach and Emily Anthes. There‘s a whole series with different writers benefiting bookstores in The Bay Area for help through this difficult time.

Mary apparently just turned in a new manuscript. People were guessing what her next book is about😆.

BarbaraTheBibliophage If it‘s about viruses, she will make an absolute mint. 🦠 2y
rabbitprincess Yessss new Mary Roach to look forward to 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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LoverOfLearning
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Pickpick

Good news! Took nearly 3 years but I finally finished this book!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 / 5. I loved Mary Roach's humor surrounding a pretty grisly topic. This book came out in 2003, so I am curious to read an updated version. I want to know what has changed and what was developed now 17 years later. Super interesting read. Highly recommended for all those science and crime nerds.

#KeepLitsyPositive

GHABI4ROSES My daughter wants to be a forensic psychologist; she wants to sit and interview all of my clients in the jails. Well done👏🏾 2y
LoverOfLearning @GHABI4ROSES Yes! I like your daughter already! I just finished my first year of my master's in forensic psychology!!! We would make great friends! How old is she? 2y
GHABI4ROSES @LoverOfLearning yay! That daughter is almost 18, but she has watched my work, and now her sister‘s work, in a closely related field, so it is just part of our household. 2y
GHABI4ROSES @LoverOfLearning oops I sent too soon. I work at home, and my four kids have grown up hearing me on the phone with inmates as if talking to a colleague or friend, with huge, color photos of crime scenes and occupied morgue tables. Never felt like work, because it is such a major part of our existence, you know? 2y
LoverOfLearning Wow! I am so intrigued. What is your job title? Yes, I love everything about these topics. My friends and family think I'm nuts sometimes with the trainings I do and the books I read. This is not a part of the family thing lol. 2y
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LoverOfLearning
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88% done and too tired to read on tonight. Been reading this book nearly 4 years because it got buried... (pun intended?). Definitely excited to finish it tomorrow.

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LoverOfLearning
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My read for tonight! It's quite enjoyable at parts, almost humorous. Mary Roach is an excellent writer. She can make a tough conversation easier.

WhatWouldJaneDo I loved this one! Caitlin Doughty's Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory is also amazing if you want to read more on the topic 👻 2y
KimHM Second Doughty‘s terrific memoir!📚🖤 2y
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BehindthePages
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Pickpick

I highly suggest having a strong stomach before starting this book. There is no holding back on the details. Some stories may horrify you, while others may fascinate you. If the writing style had been more scientific, I most likely would not have made it through. But Mary Roach has tact when speaking of the dead, and won me over with her curiosity and character.
Full review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/stiff-by-mary-roach

Bookworm54 I loved this one. So interesting! 2y
BehindthePages @Bookworm54 it really was! I'm interested in reading her book Spook now! 2y
BehindthePages @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I didn't know about that one! 2y
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Carolyn11215
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Pickpick

This one had been on my TBR list for awhile so I finally read for #booked2020 subject mostly new to you prompt. I love Mary Roach‘s sense of humor and the way she makes science accessible to everyone. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

AmyG Oooo this is a good choice. I think I have this....somewhere. 2y
Cinfhen Well played 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Carolyn11215
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May be the best opening paragraph ever...”The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, and nothing is expected of you.”

Sleepswithbooks This is in my TBR basket 😃😃😃 2y
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FantasyChick
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Pickpick

This was an interesting one! I was worried that it would be quite clinical but was happily surprised that the author had a sense of humour in her writing. The chapter on cannibalism was a huge eye opener!
Hate the cover (feet.....ick!) But this one was definitely worth the read.

ReadingOver50 I‘ve been wanting to read this for awhile now 😁 2y
she.epeolatry I‘m starting this now. I‘m totally with you on the feet 🦠! Between this cover and learning that TLC has an entire show dedicated to foot issues.... HELP! 2y
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