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ISBN-10: 1324036060
ISBN-13: 9781324036067
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 10/04/2022
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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Overview

“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.

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There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach–her infectious aw for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners... She is beloved, and justifiably so.–Jon Ronson "New York Times Book Review"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1324036060
ISBN-13: 9781324036067
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 10/04/2022
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H
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