Gulp by Mary Roach
Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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6 Critic Reviews

Take an unpalatable topic and infuse it with Roach and the result is a book it’s hard not to swallow in one sitting. Indeed Gulp is not so much gross as engrossing, but you might want to pick your timing when regurgitating its juicer morsels.
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Synopsis

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. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp 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 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, a fecal transplant, 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 (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

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

 

About Mary Roach

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Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: 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.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 354 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon Ronson on Apr 26 2013

There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach — her infectious awe for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners, that giant snake hypothesis. She is beloved, and justifiably so.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 04 2013

“Gulp” is a big leap forward for Ms. Roach because it doesn’t require her to do any padding or stunt work. Simply thinking about the body and interviewing the most oddball experts she can find are enough to rivet interest.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nicola Davis on Nov 06 2014

Take an unpalatable topic and infuse it with Roach and the result is a book it’s hard not to swallow in one sitting. Indeed Gulp is not so much gross as engrossing, but you might want to pick your timing when regurgitating its juicer morsels.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Brian Switek on Mar 29 2013

...a tale that can be revolting but that inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science.

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Dear Author

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Reviewed by Jayne S on Feb 06 2015

She makes the subject so deliciously...fun, so readable, so interesting. Yet it must also be said that a lot of the people Roach interviews are brimming with robust humor. So read “Gulp” and discover all kinds of things you never knew you never knew and always remember this – gut microbes are your partner in health.

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The Economist

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on May 04 2013

No human organ goes unprodded in this epic quest for eupeptic enlightenment.

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