Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review: Stiff

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach

Mary Roach is an extremely funny writer, especially when she takes on semi-taboo subject. For me, the apotheosis of her oeuvre came with the mylar pants. Stiff is pretty typical of her work. That is, it's a terrific read, informative, thought-provoking, and not for the squeamish. 

Don't read this book during a meal. Also, if you want to discuss it with your non-weird friends, be prepared to find people edging away from you. Seriously, though, this is good stuff. Even if you find the subject off-putting, Stiff is worth a read.


  1. Concur. Read Packing For Mars last year. Also good. Have Bonk and other works by her on the "need to read" pile.

    1. Packing for Mars is great, although it convinced me that we meat people are really, really not intended to go into space.

      Also, judging by Gulp and Bonk, Mary Roach's husband is one of the most understanding and supportive spouses in captivity.