Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Book - 2013
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WW Norton
The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.
“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.

Baker & Taylor
The humorous science writer offers a tour of the human digestive system, explaining why the stomach doesn't digest itself and whether constipation can kill you.

Book News
Why don't terrorists carry bombs in their stomachs? Roach, author of several previous general science books, continues her winning streak with this humorous journey following food through the human body, from one end to the other. Several chapters are devoted to the mechanics of farts. Pet-food taste tests and fecal bacteria transplants are also on the menu. The book is illustrated with humorous b&w historical photos. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

The humor scientist behind Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife takes a tour of the human digestive system, explaining why the stomach doesn't digest itself and whether constipation can kill you.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393081572
0393081575
Branch Call Number: 612.3 ROA 2013
Characteristics: 348 pages cm

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HCL_staff_reviews Oct 27, 2017

Science writer Mary Roach takes the most taboo subjects, and delivers irreverent comic writing that informs you while making you laugh out loud. In <i>Gulp</i>, she seeks answers to questions most wouldn't even ask their doctor after a few cocktails. If you have ever wondered why so many people hate liver, if chewing your food longer will really make you lose weight, why certain smells are so offensive to us, or if any of the rumors about the manner of Elvis' death are true, this book is for you.
Also available as audiobook on CD. — Jennifer W., Westonka Library

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Janice21383
Aug 07, 2017

Not my favourite of Mary Roach's books (that would be Stiff, followed by Bonk), because the information contained is fairly well known and mundane; most of the chapters come across as slightly kooky, first person science articles. In fairness, the impacted colon chapter gave me shameful joy.

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elizabeth88_1
Jun 08, 2017

She's done it again!

MomoT Oct 17, 2016

Mary Roach's science-themed books are always informative, diverting and amusing and this travel along the gastrointestinal tract is no exception.

I never thought I'd know this much about Elvis Presley's colon (and enjoy doing so).

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TechWriter1
Oct 10, 2016

Very funny and informative. Don’t read it while eating as some of the information is quite gross. It’s partly about the human digestive tract (from stem to stern) and partly about the author’s amusing adventures while researching the book. You won’t learn everything about it but at least you will get a taste of what’s going on inside your own system!

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Jeanneknits2
Aug 06, 2016

From top to "bottom" Mary Roach explains the workings of the alimentary canal with scientific history and humor.

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jessica_ebacher
Jan 29, 2016

Mary Roach's relentless passion has the strange ability to make almost anything interesting - even to process and mechanics of eating and digestion. A very enjoyable read.

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haileyj
Sep 30, 2015

Someone told me this was a great & funny book so I got it at the library. It was mildly interesting, not very funny and kind of boring. I don't know why anyone would rave about it. I was disappointed.

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ReidCooper
Jun 03, 2015

An easy to digest book. I had hoped, though, Roach would talk a bit about organs like the gall bladder and pancreas. Also, sometimes the humorous asides take over; I'm not sure some of the people who met with her will be happy with how they were presented in the book.

SFPL_danielay Feb 12, 2015

En-gross-ing! Digestion has never been this much fun.

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