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Mary Roach


Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, 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.

Mary Roach

Books by Mary Roach

by Mary Roach - Nonfiction, Social Sciences

GRUNT tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries --- panic, exhaustion, heat, noise --- and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

by Mary Roach - Humor, Nonfiction, Science

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.