Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Mary Roach (Author)


Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Product Details

Price: $15.95  $14.67
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: April 01, 2014
Pages: 348
Dimensions: 5.46 X 0.85 X 8.36 inches | 0.62 pounds
ISBN: 9780393348743

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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.


As engrossing as it is gross.
A delicious read and, dare I say it, a total gas.--Kate Tuttle
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.
Relentlessly fun to read.--Bee Wilson
Once again Roach boldly goes where no author has gone before, into the sciences of the taboo, the macabre, the icky, and the just plain weird. And she conveys it all with a perfect touch: warm, lucid, wry, sharing the unavoidable amusement without ever resorting to the cheap or the obvious. Yum!--Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature
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
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
[A] merry foray into the digestive sciences....Inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science.--Brian Switek
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
A witty, woving romp of a book... a thoroughly unflappable, utterly intrepid investigator of the icky.--Chloe Schama
Never before has the process of eating been so very interesting.... After digesting her book, you can't help but think about what that really means.--Micki Myers
One of my top criteria for pronouncing a book worthwhile is the number of times you snort helplessly with laughter and say, "Wow! Did you know that ... " before your long-suffering spouse throws a book at you from across the room. My personal spouse says that, in this department, "Gulp" takes the cake.--Adam Woog
Gulp is about revelling in the extraordinary complexities and magnificence of human digestion.