Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Large Print - 2013
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The ever-curious and always bestselling Mary Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides 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 names 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? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks -- or at least has the courage -- to ask. And we go on location to a pet food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
Publisher: Detroit :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410461537
141046153X
Call Number: LARGE PRINT 612.3 R53g 2013
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Mary Roach lives in Oakland. Here she is again making the science inside all of us not only interesting, but so much fun!

"America's funniest science writer" explores the human digestive system.

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SFPL_danielay Feb 12, 2015

En-gross-ing! Digestion has never been this much fun.


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HCL_staff_reviews Oct 27, 2017

Science writer Mary Roach takes the most taboo subjects, and delivers irreverent comic writing that informs you while making you laugh out loud. In <i>Gulp</i>, she seeks answers to questions most wouldn't even ask their doctor after a few cocktails. If you have ever wondered why so many people hate liver, if chewing your food longer will really make you lose weight, why certain smells are so offensive to us, or if any of the rumors about the manner of Elvis' death are true, this book is for you.
Also available as audiobook on CD. — Jennifer W., Westonka Library

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Janice21383
Aug 07, 2017

Not my favourite of Mary Roach's books (that would be Stiff, followed by Bonk), because the information contained is fairly well known and mundane; most of the chapters come across as slightly kooky, first person science articles. In fairness, the impacted colon chapter gave me shameful joy.

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elizabeth88_1
Jun 08, 2017

She's done it again!

MomoT Oct 17, 2016

Mary Roach's science-themed books are always informative, diverting and amusing and this travel along the gastrointestinal tract is no exception.

I never thought I'd know this much about Elvis Presley's colon (and enjoy doing so).

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TechWriter1
Oct 10, 2016

Very funny and informative. Don’t read it while eating as some of the information is quite gross. It’s partly about the human digestive tract (from stem to stern) and partly about the author’s amusing adventures while researching the book. You won’t learn everything about it but at least you will get a taste of what’s going on inside your own system!

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Jeanneknits2
Aug 06, 2016

From top to "bottom" Mary Roach explains the workings of the alimentary canal with scientific history and humor.

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jessica_ebacher
Jan 29, 2016

Mary Roach's relentless passion has the strange ability to make almost anything interesting - even to process and mechanics of eating and digestion. A very enjoyable read.

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haileyj
Sep 30, 2015

Someone told me this was a great & funny book so I got it at the library. It was mildly interesting, not very funny and kind of boring. I don't know why anyone would rave about it. I was disappointed.

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ReidCooper
Jun 03, 2015

An easy to digest book. I had hoped, though, Roach would talk a bit about organs like the gall bladder and pancreas. Also, sometimes the humorous asides take over; I'm not sure some of the people who met with her will be happy with how they were presented in the book.

SFPL_danielay Feb 12, 2015

En-gross-ing! Digestion has never been this much fun.

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