Friday, April 12, 2013
Book Review: Gulp by Mary Roach
Author: Mary Roach
Enjoyment Rating: *****
This book would be rated: PG, unless you're very sensitive to sexual puns or fart humor, then PG-13. And there quite a few scatalogical references, of course.
I'm a huge fan of Mary Roach, and I have the sense of humor of an eleven-year-old boy, so it's no surprise that I was one of the first people to buy Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. I have loved Mary Roach's books in the past (although her previous book, Packing for Mars, wasn't as great as Stiff and Bonk), because I admire the way that she's able to take subjects that others might consider gross or off-limits or sacred and infuse humor into them. In Gulp, she tackles digestion, from salivation at the beginning to poop and gas at the end.
Gulp is Mary Roach at her finest-- the book is laugh-out-loud funny (I swallowed a bug when gasping at one of her puns while I was out on my run), and it's also well-researched and interesting. I even got my daughter and her friend to listen to a little bit of a chapter on emptying colostomy bags (yes, she goes there). Did you know Elvis had a megacolon? Neither did I, but know I know what I'll be talking about at my next dinner party.