Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393324822
ISBN-10: 0393324826
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“This quirky, funny read offers perspective and insight about life, death and the medical profession.... You can close this book with an appreciation of the miracle that the human body really is.”
- Tara Parker-Pope, Wall Street Journal

“A laugh-out-loud funny book... one of those wonderful books that offers up enlightenment in the guise of entertainment.”
- Michael Little, Washington City Paper

“As weird as the book gets, Roach manages to convey a sense of respect and appreciation for her subjects.”
- Roy Rivenburg, Los Angeles Times

“Roach is authoritative, endlessly curious and drolly funny. Her research is scrupulous and winningly presented.”
- Adam Woog, Seattle Times

“Mary Roach is one of an endangered species: a science writer with a sense of humor. She is able to make macabre funny without looting death of its dignity.”
- Brian Richard Boylan, Denver Post

“Roach writes in an insouciant style and displays her métier in tangents about bizarre incidents in pathological history. Death may have the last laugh, but, in the meantime, Roach finds merriment in the macabre.”
- Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

“Acutely entertaining, morbidly fascinating.”
- Susan Adams, Forbes

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enlightening
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