Science Author Mary Roach Brings Digestion Humor to Houston on Gulp Book Tour
On April 29, hilarious (yet very informative) science writer Mary Roach will be at Brazos Bookstore to conduct a reading and answer questions about her latest taboo subject: the alimentary canal.
Dive on in.
Roach has previously gained praise from the science community and the literary community alike for her books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife; Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex; and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. She's become known for tackling subjects no one really wants to talk about, and her latest book is no exception.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal is gross, icky, bizarre, at times nausea-inducing and totally hysterical in both a genuine and an uncomfortable laughter sort-of-way. It gives readers insight into what happens to delicious dishes once they leave the fork and enter the mouth. If you've ever wondered what the nose has to do with taste, why your stomach doesn't digest itself or how many things can be stuffed up a rectum, this book is for you.
If that sounds like a bit more than you can handle, Roach has a reminder for you:
Photo courtesy Chris Hardy Photography Join Roach on April 29 for an outrageous reading.
"I think that we kind of prefer to think of ourselves as minds rather than bodies," she says. "Biologically speaking, a restaurant is organisms taking in nutrition and processing it. People don't like to be reminded that they're organisms with a limited lifespan who have to take in other organisms in order to survive.
Well, when you put it that way...
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