Multcolib Picks: While You Wait for...Gulp by Mary Roach

Visit Sunny Chernobyl
Visit Sunny Chernobyl And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places By Blackwell, Andrew Book - 2012 363.73 B6321v 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Did you know, unbelievably, that Chernobyl may be one of the largest nature preserves in Eastern Europe? Wait...what? There's loads more environmental disaster though if that's not your thing. Maybe Port Arthur, Texas, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is more your style. You'll love the precise language and Blackwell's wry humor.

Prisoner of Trebekistan
Prisoner of Trebekistan A Decade in Jeopardy! By Harris, Bob Book - 2006 791.4572 J54h 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:The hilarious, insightful account of one man's unlikely epic journey through Jeopardy! , exploring triumph and failure, the nature of memory, and how knowledge can transform us in unpredictable ways--all against the backdrop of the most popular quiz show in history. Harris chronicles his evolution from a struggling stand-up comic, repeatedly failing the Jeopardy! audition test, to an elite player going up against some of the game's biggest winners.

The Fiddler in the Subway
The Fiddler in the Subway The True Story of What Happened When A World-class Violinist Played for Handouts-- and Other Virtuoso Performances by America's Foremost Feature Writer By Weingarten, Gene Book - 2010 818.5407 W4238f 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Weingarten describes the world as you think it is before revealing how it actually is, in narratives that are by turns hilarious, heartwarming, and provocative, but always memorable. The very short essay on his dad's illness is some of the very best nonfiction I've ever read. Ever.

Farm City
Farm City The Education of An Urban Farmer By Carpenter, Novella Book - 2009 630.91732 C296f 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Highways roar in the background, gunshots are heard on a regular basis, and a homeless guy sleeps in his car just down the street. This is the sweet and surprising truth of one woman living on her very small farm in downtown Oakland, California.

The Geography of Bliss
The Geography of Bliss One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World By Weiner, Eric Book - 2008 910.4 W423g 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide. Weiner takes us from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." A brilliant mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor--he investigates not what happiness is, but where it is.

The Poisoner's Handbook
The Poisoner's Handbook Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York By Blum, Deborah Book - 2010 614.13097471 B658p 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:Delicious blend of history and drama, biochemistry and toxicology, and the very beginning of the science of forensics. Un-put-downable.

Candyfreak A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America By Almond, Steve Book - 2004 338.7664 A452c 2004

Annotation:Do you now, or have you ever loved candy? The kind you could get at the corner store in your neighborhood, back in the day? You will love this book. Sometimes hysterically funny, sometimes wry and more personal, I consider his feelings on coconut some of the funniest sentences ever written, and I agree with them completely.

A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail By Bryson, Bill Book - 2007 917.4 B916w 2007 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America. If you're going to take a hike back east, it's probably the place to go. Bryson is a brilliant observer of people and he will make you laugh out loud, mostly as you see yourself in other people's weirdness.

Wicked Bugs
Wicked Bugs The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects By Stewart, Amy Book - 2011 632.7 S8492w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:I don't have a huge bug freak-out factor, except for centipedes. So the short chapter on the giant centipede that hangs from cave ceilings to catch bats in flight will give me nightmares for years to come. Great book that appeals to all ages.

The Disappearing Spoon
The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements By Kean, Sam Book - 2010 546 K243d 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 21 copies

Annotation:Go ahead, you can do it. Make one last attempt at understanding the periodic table. I never found it that interesting until I read this book--chemists can be so whacky!

The Violinist's Thumb
The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code By Kean, Sam Book - 2012 572.8 K243v 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes can explain a lot, including JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius.

Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal By Roach, Mary Book - 2013 612.3 R6282g 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 50 copies

Annotation: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.

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If you're a fan of Mary Roach, you know ~exactly~ why you're a fan of Mary Roach. Maybe her choice of topics--sex, death, outer space, the paranormal, and now the human digestive system. Could be her sense of humor--6th grade potty humor with a dash more irreverence. Perhaps it's her smarts and fearlessness. She doesn't talk down to you and she'll try anything once. She loves the world a whole lot and wants to find out all about it, and have a great time in the process. Here's a list of suggested reading while you're waiting for her latest book, Gulp.

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