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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimetary Canal
 
 
Author
Mary Roach.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780393081572
Pages/Publication Date 348/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38689
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The irresistible, ever-curious Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we each carry around inside. The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and 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 words 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? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists, rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

"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

"Mary Roach put her hand in a cow's stomach for you, dear reader. If you don't read Gulp, then that was all for naught. Plus, you'll miss out on the funniest book ever written about guts."—Carl Zimmer

"As probing as an endoscopy, Gulp is quintessential Mary Roach: supremely wide-ranging, endlessly curious, always surprising, and, yes, gut-wrenchingly funny."—Tom Vanderbilt

 
 
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