Title: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Author: Mary Roach
Release Date: April 1, 2013
First Line: “In 1968, on the Berkley campus of the University of California, six men undertook an irregular and unprecedented act.”
““America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides 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 names 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? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks—or has the courage—to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.” – from Goodreads
My thoughts: Ah, Mary Roach. I love all her books. Although, I have to say, for some reason I wasn’t as interested in the subject matter as I was in some of her other books, but when Mary Roach is writing, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re interested. It’s always interesting. And hilarious. And this one is no different. There’s not really much else to say about it. I learned a lot. It probably wasn’t the best choice of reading material for while I was reading during lunch at work, but I read it then anyway, and not only got grossed out, but laughed out loud a couple of times (luckily, working in a library, you are exempt from looking crazy while reacting to books in the break room). Anyway, not sure what’s next for Mary Roach, but I can’t wait!
Kept me interested: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5