Review: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Chalk this up to a win for the GoodReads friends.
I would never have picked this up on my own. A book about cadavers? How morbid can you be? Not to mention the heebie-jeebies that would be sure to haunt me throughout the book.
But so many people have read this and raved about it that I decided to go ahead and give it a try.
It's somehow hilarious. But not disrespectful. And odd. And hilarious. And hard to describe.
With chapters ranging from human decay, to body snatching, live burial, and new ways to "dispose" of human remains, I never realized that there were so many aspects of death to think about.
I can't say that I was completely comfortable with all the topics covered (I really don't need to know exactly what happens to a decomposing body), but neither did anything give me too bad a case of the heebie jeebies.
I was surprised by how interesting I found most of the topics to be. There's a lot of history, anecdotes, trivia, and science crammed into this book.
If you think you can handle it, and most people probably can, I recommend this for an upfront look at a topic most of us avoid.
Read an excerpt.
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I read this for my own Dewey Decimal Challenge.
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