Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal The irresistible ever curious and always best selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside America s funniest science writer Washington Post takes us

The irresistible, ever curious, and always best selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside 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 wThe irresistible, ever curious, and always best selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside 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.Like all of Roach s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

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  1. Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers GULP Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS The Curious Science of Life in the Void and BONK The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Her most recent book, GRUNT The Curious Science of Humans at War, is out in June 2016 Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, New Scientist, the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others She serves as a member of the Mars Institute s Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary Her 2009 TED talk made the organization s 2011 Twenty Most Watched To Date list She was the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing, a finalist for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let s be honest, she was the sole entrant.

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  1. When it comes to literature about eating, science has been a little hard to hear amid the clamor of cuisine Just as we adorn sex with the fancy gold leaf filigree of love, so we dress the need for sustenance in the finery of cooking and connoisseurship Yes, men and women eat meals But they also ingest nutrients They grind and sculpt them into a moistened bolus that is delivered via a stadium wave of sequential contractions, into a self kneading sack of hydrochloric acid and then dumped into a tu [...]

  2. I ve finished the book I m left with the feeling that lies somewhere between TMI, an author s perverse, small boy like joy in slightly shocking the adults by talking about farts and turds, and actually being interested in the transformation from a Michelin chef plate of food into, moments later, a disgusting saliva covered bolus no one even wants to look at The book is punctuated with many small revelations that won t change my life in any way but are good to drop into a conversation for that OM [...]

  3. This is a journey of a different kind Sort of like an Eat, Pray, Love for the digestively curious So I guess that would make it Belch, Gurgle, Fart

  4. This is a book not to devour, but to take in small bites, slowly savoring and digesting every funny phrase and interesting fact.This is only the first reviewer to use lots of bad puns Be afraid Be very afraidUpdate I simply adored this book and found it to be very tasty OK, so maybe parts were nausea inducing but for the most part it was fascinating stuff And, please note my prediction that poop transplants are going to be the next big thing Yup, you heard it right, fecal transferences are being [...]

  5. I can t recommend this book highly enough Roach truly is the funniest, best science writer I ve ever had the pleasure to read Her inquisitive mind doesn t always follow a linear path the side tracks are illuminating While a seaman might survive the suction and swallow, his arrival in a sperm whale s stomach would seem to present a new set of problems footnote I challenge you to find a innocuous sentence containing the words sperm, suction, swallow, and any homophone of seaman And then call me u [...]

  6. I m considering giving up on this book even though the topic is interesting If only Mary Roach could restrain herself from quite so much levity The jokes, asides, and snarky personal observations come on strong They re constant, unrelenting, somehwhat geeky humor and are a distraction from otherwise fascinating material.Her research is impressive and I appreciate her trying to make it not dry and clinical, but she goes overboard Why do I care how pretty the scientists are, what they re wearing, [...]

  7. WARNING Sometimes I have the mind of a 12 year old boy Beware of reading this review if farts and bodily functions gross you out.More like 2.5 starsMary Roach may have that mindset too So far I ve read books by her detailing what happens with dead bodies and than you ever want to know about your Alimentary canal.I love having random facts in my head My husband hates that fact about me This book added in a way in which he may never be the same again We tackle our bodies food from intake to outak [...]

  8. If your body features a digestive tract, consider this book a must read.However, here are some caveats 1 I strongly advise you not to read this book within 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.2 I strongly advise you not to read this book in any room used for cooking or eating such as your kitchen or dining room Instead even though this might not be acceptable by some etiquette books I strongly advise you to keep this book in the bathroom and read it while sitting on the john Your bathroom, pr [...]

  9. Yes, men and women eat meals But they also ingest nutrients They grind and sculpt them into a moistened bolus that is delivered, via a stadium wave of sequential contractions, into a self kneading sack of hydrochloric acid, and then dumped into a tubular leach field, where it is converted into the most powerful taboo in human history.Welcome to Digestion 101 with your instructor, the lovely and talented, Mary Roach Today s lesson is Everyone Poops Now Get Over It This is the truly magical, mysti [...]

  10. I was driving and listening to NPR one Sunday morning and realized with glee that the author being interviewed was Mary Roach I had read Stiff a few years ago and found myself drawn to her humor When I drove past a local bookstore, I couldn t resist the urge to pull into the lot and listen as the author discussed feces transplants Within moments, I found myself searching high and low for the new title, Gulp After scanning all the usual places in the store, I finally asked an associate to direct [...]

  11. Did you know that the human infant enters the world without information on what is edible and what is not, and until they are around the age of two, you can get them to eat almost anything Or that saliva could be used to pretreat food stains because of the enzymes it contains the same enzymes are artificially manufactured for laundry detergents Or that one of the reasons we like crunchy foods might be because we have a destructive nature and derive pleasure from destroying things Mary Roach is a [...]

  12. You may be thinking, Wow, that Mary Roach has her head up her ass To which I say Only briefly, and with the utmost respect.Oh golly gee, Mary Roach is fun I read Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers just yesterday, or as tells me, the summer of 2014 But that s basically yesterday And I really enjoyed it Twas a fantastic mix of fun and science Like Bill Nye meets Bill Schutt Hell, throw in some Bill Murray too, why not Bills bills everywhere Gulp was just what I wanted first, it was informat [...]

  13. If you are a fact loving nerd looking for an excuse to talk about poop often, then Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach is the book for you Each section of this non fiction book covers a different part of the alimentary canal AKA the digestive tract , starting with sense of smell, going into the mouth, and following it all the way down to its.lusion, if you will I have read three other books by the brilliant and awesome Mary Roach, and I was not disappointed by Gulp I enjoyed t [...]

  14. Mary Roach is an author I can always count on to deliver an amazing book This time she tackles digestion.Did you know that holy water enemas were performed at exorcisms If Jonah was really eaten by a whale, could he have survived What if it was a shark What does your pet REALLY want to eat What does it feel like to stick your arm into a fistulated cow s stomach What does it feel like to get a colonoscopy without sedation Is it possible to burst a human stomach Eat yourself to death by overfillin [...]

  15. The science geek in me practically peed her pants she was so excited to read this book I guess my inner nerd has a mild case of urinary incontinence but that is neither here nor there I mean an entire book about the alimentary canal, starting with my home turf, the mouth Count me in Will you enjoy this book Well, that depends on how you answer the following questions Have you ever wondered If you can die from trying to defecate too forcefully Why do animals eat their own poop Could the Jonah bib [...]

  16. Not as good as Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, nor as informative It focuses a bit too much on entertaining the reader and less on informing It wouldn t necessarily be a bad thing but I don t really find jokes about feces and the holes it can come out of that amusing There were also some parts, by the end of the book in which I could feel the author trying to gross me out despite her saying at the start of this book that she will treat this subject with respect and not try to disgust [...]

  17. From the author of the popular Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers comes this quirky and interesting look at the human digestive tract from, literally, one end to the other Roach again writes about a somewhat squeamish, gross ish, yucky topic that you didn t know you were interested in until she made you realize the subject matter is interesting Examples 1 Did you know that most laundry detergents contain at least 3 digestive enzymes found in your saliva, to help break down food and grease [...]

  18. While reading, I was reminded of long ago biology studies, and the simplest members of Animalia that are little than a gastric tube composed of cells It s astonishing, really, those primitive forms of waterborne life, and it emphasizes an interesting thing about animal anatomy, that we aren t a solid, discrete, bounded organism the environment moves through us as much as it moves around us We like to think of inside and outside our bodies when in fact, it s much complicated Those familiar with [...]

  19. You know what would be amazing or potentially disastrous A Mary Roach Mark Kurlansky collaboration, preferably on some obscure topic Can you imagine The depth, breadth, and width of their topic would be so fully explored, we d all be experts on the subject by the end of their book.I love Roach s passion for whatever she s researching She goes down rabbit holes and gets excited to try to tie her findings in with her main thesis, sometimes with success, usually without Example While researching wh [...]

  20. Ahoy there me mateys For those of ye who are new to me log, a word though this log s focus is on sci fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts a non sci fi, fantasy, or young adult novel , as it were So today I bring ye gulp adventures on the alimentary canal Mary Roach This book was so fascinating that I sat across from the first mate reading fact after fact out loud to him, prompting [...]

  21. When I read Packing for Mars two years ago, I was very vocal about how my favorite chapter was her detailed exploration of pooping in outer space , so it was with much excitement that I realized her next book, Gulp subtitled Adventures on the Alimentary Canal was about the science of eating, digesting, and yes, excreting Maybe you think that s gross, and if so, to you I say THIS Seriously, if you re not going to read the whole book, at least read that chapter She includes a transcript where astr [...]

  22. I m a big fan of Mary Roach s books, and that said, this is her best I ll admit straight off that this opinion is deeply influenced by the very fact of my chronic inflammatory bowel disease for one thing, I am well beyond the squeamishness and taboos that this subject matter may induce or cross Digestion, food s long journey through the bowel, and the composition and frequency of release are very conscious parts of my daily life To read Roach approach such familiar and usually off limits subject [...]

  23. Mary Roach is no stranger to delving into topics which others find icky like corpses Even her conventional works flirt with taboo, and in Gulp she embraces disgust whole heartedly, by treating readers with iron stomachs to a discussion of all things digestive Gulp is not, strictly speaking, a book about the digestive system Instead, it s a history of the odder means scientists through the centuries have fashioned to study it, though some of the questions themselves are startling enough how many [...]

  24. Gulp is Roach s 5th major non fiction book and I think that colors a lot of its character It feels very casual, and to a large extent Roach is simply having fun in her own way She follows the topics that interest her, the ones that lead to some of the oddest places That means as a reader you will be entertained a word that has a one off shade of meaning here , but if it changes your life in anyway, its purely accidental You won t come away with a feeling that you now know the digestive system In [...]

  25. Mary Roach s latest book examines what happens to food from the time we put it in our mouths to the time it comes out the other end It contains all the elements of her trademark style cheeky humor, a gung ho attitude towards the disgusting, and actual quality science.There were many sections of this book I found genuinely fascinating Her initial chapters about the elements of taste both human and pet got me hooked and wanting to read , and her closing chapters about maladies of the colon includi [...]

  26. Fascinating bookere are a few chapters that may be hard for the faint of heart There were a few things that turned my stomach only a handful of pages total , but for the most part I was mesmerized by all I was learning about the Digestive Tract How come competitive eaters stomachs don t burst Did you know a person who has lost their sense of taste and smell could starve to death How do prisoners sneak things like cell phones and tobacco into prison Did you know saliva has antiseptic qualities Th [...]

  27. Mary Roach has written yet another winner here Her early books Bonk and Spook were a little flat and derivattive, but ever since then she has delivered.Yes, she chooses deliberately risque subjects and yes there is always a chapter on farts, but damn she can make things interesting It seems she can make the fine balance of making a scientist such as myself happy, while also placating my inner 8 year old And really, all she is doing by telling us how artificial farts are made, and the size of Elv [...]

  28. Entertaining science, wish she had been my chemistry teacher in High School instead of the monosyllabic Mr Worth, who I unfortunately had Some of this is boring for sure, but some is just fascinating, some is oh so gross, but some is interesting and humorous to boot Did you know they actually have a poop website Who knew There is also a section in this book about pet food tasters for all the pet lovers out there Amusing informative and gross how can one lose ARC from publisher.

  29. Mary Roach has done it again She has created a book that I purposely read slowly so I could savor every bite, picture, and footnote This time she takes us on a trip down the Alimentary Canal, from nose, tongue, and teeth to the bitter end of the trail with all the explorers, characters, scientists, and even Elvis to enlighten us on our way Roach has a way of taking you along this field trip asking all the questions that you know you wouldn t have the guts to ask, of the professionals who are pas [...]

  30. Fascinating and disgusting Roach has the corner on this market I learned several tidbits and interesting facts although not necessarily ones to share in polite company at the dinner table

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