Gulp. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Entertain your inner seventh grader! Pick up the best-selling GULP by Mary Roach at Oakland Public Library.


GULP. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Entertain your inner seventh grader! Pick up the best-selling GULP by Mary Roach.

Mary Roach lives in Oakland and is a science writer with a wicked sense of humor and the obsession to follow a topic to its most fascinating and surprising conclusions. In this informative and funny investigation, Mary Roach traces the nourishment process from spit to the other word that begins with “s” and ends with “t.”  It’s almost like reading really juicy gossip learning all the “secrets” we never knew….in fact, there is gossip in there. You’ll find out that Elvis didn’t die of a drug overdose; he died of heart failure trying to vacate his bowels. He was actually a victim of a rare intestinal disease, but it seems that others would rather have people think he died of an overdose of drugs. The cautionary note here is to stay regular, because pushing can kill you!

Do you remember your mom using spit to clean your face when nothing else was around? Well, it turns out that spit had antibiotic qualities and in some cultures it is considered magical! Your mom was protecting you!

Do you have a brother or uncle or neighbor with a disgusting sense of humor?  The chapter called, “Smelling a Rat: Does noxious flatus do more than clear a room?” will provide insight into the fascination of flatulence and the people who study it….therefore, helping you understand a small facet of guy humor!

In this unique tome Mary Roach reveals where the idea of fire breathing dragons actually started. Could it have been reptile whose noxious exhalations spontaneously combusted? It could happen…..Seriously.

You’ll learn that you really can’t get nourishment from the “other” end. Food goes in one direction.

Finally you’ll learn that you are basically “a highly evolved earthworm surrounding the intestinal tract.” Everything in your body exists to obtain and process food. “You are what you eat and how you eat”!

Traveling through ingestion, digestion and elimination with Mary finds the reader laughing out loud, verbalizing, ”EEEEWWW!” and having an overall great time!

Once you finish GULP, you’ll want to read Mary Roach’s other best-selling titles, such as, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,  Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Call your library right now and order up GULP.

Mary Farrell, Lakeview Branch Manager


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