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Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Roach, Mary (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gulp


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Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.
Authors: Roach, Mary
Title: Gulp
adventures on the alimentary canal
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton,, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 348 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mary Roach
Contents: Nose job: tasting has little to do with taste
I'll have the putrescine: your pet is not like you
Liver and opinions: why we eat what we eat and despise the rest
The longest meal: can thorough chewing lower the national debt?
Hard to stomach: the acid relationship of William Beaumont and Alexis St. Martin
Spit gets a polish: someone ought to bottle the stuff
A bolus of cherries: life at the oral processing lab
Big gulp: how to survive being swallowed alive
Dinner's revenge: can the eaten eat back?
Stuffed: the science of eating yourself to death
Up theirs: the alimentary canal as criminal accomplice
Inflammable you: fun with hydrogen and methane
Dead man's bloat: and other diverting tales from the history of flatulence research
Smelling a rat: does noxious flatus do more than clear a room?
Eating backward: is the digestive tract a two-way street?
I'm all stopped up: Elvis Presley's megacolon, and other ruminations on death by constipation
The ick factor: we can cure you, but there's just one thing
Summary: Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.
ISBN: 9780393081572
0393081575
Branch Call Number: 612.3 R6282g 2013
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Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I learned some interesting and new-to-me information about the digestive tract but was disappointed with the number of pages devoted to the disgusting things some people do to their bodies (re: the titles to chapters 10 & 11) and the over-use of bad puns. Since each chapter is a stand-alone essay, one can easily skip the ones of least interest. If you were ever an Elvis fan, then chapter 16 could be of interest.

My favorite read of 2013 and my favorite M Roach book. Still telling people about anecdotes from the book and enjoying the varied reactions. People taste-testing dog food, studies of food preferences of infants and the story of Elvis's intestinal troubles among my favorites.

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What a great read!! As you would expect it is informative and disgusting. Fecal transplants?!? Loved the footnotes.

Report This Nov 17, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting read, but not as interesting as some of her other works. The cultural ideas and bounds that are explained and overcome by some scientist are very interesting.

Report This Jul 27, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is subtitled, "Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," well reading the book was an adventure indeed! If you had told me I would be reading, let alone raving about, a book devoted largely to spit and S**t, I would have scoffed. Now I know different. I am not sure if Roach is just out right funny, tongue in cheek, or at times even serious when she cracks me up. Her chapter headings and footnotes are particularly hilarious and my personal favorites e"Revenge of dinner, " and "Inflammable you: fun with hydrogen and methane." If there is only one non-fiction book you are letting yourself read this year this is the one - i.e if it doesn't make you recycle your dinner!

Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As usual, fascinating, riveting from start to finish! (Or perhaps from snout to tail.) Mary Roach is such a good writer. There's a reason why most of her titles contain the word "curious."

Report This Jun 17, 2013
  • MT60 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mary Roach can be counted on for well-researched treatment of less explored topics presented in a clever, humorous fashion.

Report This Jun 12, 2013
  • tdmenten1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gulp. Gobble. Gore. Eviscerate. That's what I recommend you do to this book. Roach is able to take, what for some might be considered a dry subject, and make it interesting and funny. I laughed so hard while reading the chapters on flatus (yes, CHAPTERS), that I nearly fell off of my couch. So many new favorite words: bolus, fistulated, Mylar pantaloon, autointoxication, and autocoprophagia. The mythology and history of the digestive system is amazingly interesting, especially the tale of William Beaumont and Alexis St. Martin.

Report This Jun 10, 2013
  • Kebabette rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mary Roach is incredible. She takes a subject & gets all the juice out of it. Gulp is witty, informative and full of stories and examples that will make you gasp - from Elvis and his megacolon to the intricacies of rectal smuggling. Brilliant, funny, and a total shoo-in for book of the year 2013 lists.

Report This May 27, 2013
  • prolix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mary Roach has written another fascinating and amusing book. I had no idea that the digestive system was so fascinating! Roach is obviously a meticulous researcher, but she writes in such an accessible and witty way that reading her books is fun. One of my favourite science writers.

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Report This Jun 28, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

From Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds: "the girl with colitis goes by."

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  • LAUREN LAMPASONE rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Learn more: http://www.maryroach.net/gulp.html

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