Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Illustrated Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393348743
ISBN-10: 0393348741
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Editorial Reviews


“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

“As engrossing as it is gross.”
- Entertainment Weekly

“Far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach’s love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance. . . . Never has Ms. Roach’s affinity for the comedic and bizarre been put to better use. . . . “Gulp” is structured as a vastly entertaining pilgrimage down the digestive tract, with Ms. Roach as the wittiest, most valuable tour guide imaginable.”
- Janet Maslin, New York Times

“A delicious read and, dare I say it, a total gas.”
- Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

“With the same eager curiosity that she previously brought to the subjects of cadavers, space, and sex, the author explores the digestive system, from mouth to colon.”
- New Yorker

“[A] merry foray into the digestive sciences….Inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science.”
- Brian Switek, Wall Street Journal

“You’ll come away from this well-researched book with enough weird digestive trivia to make you the most interesting guest at a certain kind of cocktail party…Go ahead and put this one in your carry-on. You won’t regret it.”
- Amy Stewart, Washington Post

“A witty, woving romp of a book… Roach…is a thoroughly unflappable, utterly intrepid investigator of the icky.”
- Chloe Schama, Smithsonian

Gulp is about revelling in the extraordinary complexities and magnificence of human digestion.”
- The Economist

“Relentlessly fun to read.”
- Bee Wilson, The New Republic

About the Author

Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 1100L
  • Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393348743
  • ISBN-10 : 0393348741
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391 ratings
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