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Corpses and spirits and sex. . .oh my.

Are you as curious as I would be at that title?  Oh boy!  Don’t worry, those things don’t actually go together.  At least. . .they shouldn’t.  Anyways, these are all topics of books written by one of my favorite authors, Mary Roach.  Her style of writing mixes scientific study and humor (two things that you don’t often think of together) in a manner that really speaks to my inner nerd.  I would highly recommend all of her books.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

This book explores the many roles human cadavers have played in the efforts to further our knowledge in various areas of life.  Obviously, science and medicine (I mean. . .we really didn’t know WHAT was going on in the human body in the early days), but also cosmetic surgery and automobile safety.  Really, there’s a lot our bodies can still do, without us.  Entertainment Weekly says “One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year. . .Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting.” 

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

This one was really good, I thought.  It looks into the existence of the soul and whether or not a part of us continues on after we die.  Roach turns her curiosity to both the historical and contemporary methods used to find an answer to this question.  From mediums summoning the spirits to scientists trying to measure a minute change in weight at the very point of death.  This one was really intriguing.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

If you are ready to dive in to the how’s and why’s of sex, this book is for you.  Now, this is no 50 shades.  This is a for real, scientific analysis of how it works, why it works that way and what we can do to make it better.  Boom!  Need I say more?

Mary Roach has written a couple more books, but adding them would have made my post title super long and even weirder than it already was.  You can check them all out on her website  You can also learn a little bit about her which always makes me feel a little more connected and typically I enjoy the books more if I know a little about who wrote them.

Hope you all enjoy and let me know if you have any favorite authors. I’m always looking for new books to read.  🙂



3 – Really?  Only three???  Hold up.  4.  I forgot to count the one in the title.

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