Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Every time I read a Mary Roach book, I think, what on earth is she going to write about next? And she continues to pull fascinating and occasionally gross topics out of her butt. That metaphor is completely appropriate with this book.

In Gulp, Ms. Roach looks into the entire process of eating, digesting, and getting rid of food, from spelling and tasting it, to, well, getting rid of it. And as usual she is witty and fun and doesn't skimp on the odd and bizarre details. If you want to hear about people who have claimed to have swallowed frogs and snakes who much later were expelled alive and how that was debunked, this is your book! If you are curious about how NASA dealt with farting in space suits, Mary can tell you. Have you heard that Elvis died due to constipation? She's got the facts for you.

Thoroughly fun, as usual, this is the perfect book for any armchair scientist, or anyone trying to get a teenage boy to read (seriously, it's got farts in it. What else does he need?) I listened to the audio which was pretty great. The narrator sounds like the right age and you could almost hear her smiling at some of the puns and jokes. She wasn't thrown by the occasional scientific terminology or foreign language, and breezed through occasionally quite gross material.

I downloaded this book from Audible.

1 comment:

Christy (A Good Stopping Point) said...

This does sound interesting. Also, has Mary Roach ever written a book that didn't have a monosyllabic title? Oh wait, I just checked - Packing for Mars is the exception.