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Monday, Apr 28 at 7PM
speaking & signing
|We love Mary Roach! No wait, we're not sure you understand: WE LOVE MARY ROACH! Whether she's talking about cadavers, ghosts or outerspace, we can't get enough of her intellectual wanderings into quirky scientific territory. Her latest book, now in paperback, Gulp, explores everything we've ever wanted to know about our digestive systems. Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? Why is crunchy food so appealing? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Find out tonight! The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Gulp from BookPeople.|
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are only required for the signing portion of the event.
Books & tickets are now available. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart.
We are also taking orders for signed copies of Gulp for those who cannot make it to the event. We ship all over the world.
Bestselling Author Mary Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp 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 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. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists--who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
MARY ROACH is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.
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