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A collection of short essays, not her best work
Reviewed in the United States on February 29, 2016
I love Mary Roach's books...Packing for Mars and Stiff are my faves...however, this is not one of those. Rather, it's a collection of her essays for Readers Digest, focused on her home life and husband. It is at times laugh out loud funny, of course, well written and clever, but the essays are so short and the book itself so short that it literally took me less than an hour to read, leaving me bereft and hungering for more...Because it focuses on things ordinary and day to day, it also lacks all the wonderful odd little factoids that she digs up in her more investigative works. It is also quite dated, which is obvious in her several essays about new fangled technological advances like the Palm Pilot.