The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Anchor Books
Publish Date
January 26, 2021
Pages
464
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780804172721

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About the Author

BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society.

Reviews

Glorious. . . . Having described the physical nature of our world and beyond, from the atomic to the intergalactic, in The Body [Bryson] now turns inward to explain--in his lucid, amusing style--what we're made of. . . . Astonishing. . . . You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design. --The Washington Post

Delightful . . . reveals the thousands of rarely acknowledged tasks our body takes care of as we go about our day. . . . Informative, entertaining and often gross (kissing, according to one study, transfers up to one billion bacteria from one mouth to another, along with 0.2 micrograms of food bits). . . . Bryson, who gives off a Cronkite-like trustworthy vibe, is good at allaying fears and busting myths." --The New York Times Book Review

Bryson is a master explainer, with a gift for the pithy simile and all-encompassing metaphor. . . . Mr. Bryson's account is enlivened by his excellent command of the history of medicine. . . . Brisk, provocative and entertaining throughout. --The Wall Street Journal

Fascinating. --NPR

Bryson launches himself into the wilderness of the human anatomy armed with his characteristic thoroughness and wit. . . .This book is full of such arresting factoids and, like a douser hunting water, Bryson is adept at finding the bizarre and the arcane in his subject matter. . . . Amazing. --USA Today

A witty, informative immersion. . . . The Body--a delightful, anecdote-propelled read--proves one of his most ambitious yet, as he leads us on a head-to-toe tour of a physique that's terra incognita to many of us. . . . Playful, lucid. . . . [Bryson] cover[s] a remarkably large swathe of human corporeal and cerebral experience. --The Boston Globe

A directory of wonders. . . . Extraordinary. . . . A tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. . . . Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid . . . [The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life. --The Guardian

A delightful tour guide. . . . Bryson's stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining. --Booklist, starred review

Amusingly informative. --Forbes

A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick. --Kirkus Reviews