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The Body: A Guide for Occupants by [Bill Bryson]
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"Glorious. . . . Having described the physical nature of our world and beyond, from the atomic to the intergalactic, in The Body [Bryson] now turns inward to explain—in his lucid, amusing style—what we’re made of. . . . Astonishing. . . . You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." The Washington Post 

"Delightful . . . reveals the thousands of rarely acknowledged tasks our body takes care of as we go about our day. . . . Informative, entertaining and often gross (kissing, according to one study, transfers up to one billion bacteria from one mouth to another, along with 0.2 micrograms of food bits). . . . Bryson, who gives off a Cronkite-like trustworthy vibe, is good at allaying fears and busting myths.” The New York Times Book Review 

"Bryson is a master explainer, with a gift for the pithy simile and all-encompassing metaphor. . . . Mr. Bryson’s account is enlivened by his excellent command of the history of medicine. . . . Brisk, provocative and entertaining throughout." —The Wall Street Journal 

"Fascinating." —NPR

"Bryson launches himself into the wilderness of the human anatomy armed with his characteristic thoroughness and wit. . . .This book is full of such arresting factoids and, like a douser hunting water, Bryson is adept at finding the bizarre and the arcane in his subject matter. . . . Amazing." USA Today 

"A witty, informative immersion. . . . The Body—a delightful, anecdote-propelled read—proves one of his most ambitious yet, as he leads us on a head-to-toe tour of a physique that’s terra incognita to many of us. . . . Playful, lucid. . . . [Bryson] cover[s] a remarkably large swathe of human corporeal and cerebral experience." The Boston Globe

"A directory of wonders. . . . Extraordinary. . . . A tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. . . . Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid . . . [The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life." The Guardian 

"A delightful tour guide. . . . Bryson's stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining."  Booklist, starred review 

"Amusingly informative." Forbes 

"A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick." Kirkus Reviews 

About the Author

BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN : B07M82PNSX
  • Publisher : Anchor (October 15, 2019)
  • Publication date : October 15, 2019
  • Language : English
  • File size : 62387 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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  • Print length : 478 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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Big blob of dry glue on the bottom of the book, couldn’t open properly.
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