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Gulp adventures on the alimentary canal (originale 2013; edizione 2013)

di Mary Roach, Emily Woo Zeller (Narrator.)

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Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.… (altro)
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Titolo:Gulp adventures on the alimentary canal
Autori:Mary Roach
Altri autori:Emily Woo Zeller (Narrator.)
Info:[United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal di Mary Roach (2013)

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    Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection di Catherine Price (themulhern)
    themulhern: Catherine Price is like a slightly more serious Mary Roach.
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This book is gross. Interesting, informative, fun, but gross. Mary Roach delights once again in her well researched and entertaining book all about your gob. I love every book of Roach's simply because she approaches her subjects with genuine curiosity and a sound research method. She asks, without hesitation, all the nasty questions we are all wondering about and gets answers. This book is great, just don't read it while you're eating. ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
Gulp by Mary Roach (4 stars)
Gulp, Adventures Down the Alimentary canal- I’ve not been disappointed by the science books written by this author, Stiff, Spook, Packing for Mars…She is one curious individual, and she shares her curiosity and what she finds out with the reader, basing the information given on facts, studies, and copious footnotes in the book. She is brave enough to ask the questions that nobody else will. She is drawn to subjects that we are all curious about but too polite to ask after because they are not considered polite dinner table conversation. As a person who has spent many years working in a medical laboratory, with specimens such as blood, urine, stool, bits of surgically removed toes, and sputum (worse than stool- yes, really), I am no stranger to these kinds of subjects, so these books fit right into areas that catch my interest. Not for the particularly squeamish, but interesting none the less. ( )
  kaida46 | May 27, 2022 |
Mary Roach is the most entertaining author of factual books. ( )
  NancyinA2 | Feb 3, 2022 |
Where to start?

This was the book chosen (by popular vote) as The Flat Book Society's first official read. Opinions seem to be firmly split down the middle, and while possibly an inauspicious start to our fledgling club, it definitely generated a lot of discussion.

My personal feelings about the book started off complicated: this is not the book I signed up for. I was hoping for an accessible but scientific look at the human digestive process from start to finish, looking at each step of the process in relative detail. I think a lot of us thought that was the book we were getting.

Gulp is not that book.

At first this was disappointing - it still is in the sense of the curiosity unfulfilled - but as I continued reading, and adjusted my expectations once it became obvious I was not going to get the book I expected, I ended up enjoying it a lot.

Anyone who has ever read Judith Stone's columns in Discover magazine (a very long time ago) will know what to expect from Gulp (some of them were published in a book called Light Elements: Essays in Science from Gravity to Levity). Mary Roach is Judith Stone's successor, writing about the science that either seems trivial to most people, or the science no one wants to talk about. Obviously, Gulp is the latter.

This is an overview of digestion in general; not just human, although that is the primary focus. Roach looks at it from both an anthropological view, discussing the effects our social views and taboos about digestion have on everything from the food we eat, to the medical care we receive, as well as the scientific as she interviews scientists, looks at case histories and discuses current research.

Think of Gulp as an introduction; an audit (in the US English sense of the word), of the vast science of gastroenterology, written with a whole lot of humor. Roach never shies away from a joke, a double entendre, or a bit of lighthearted but vulgar fun. She never stoops to locker room level humour and she never does it at the expense of accuracy, but you can tell she's had a good time writing this book. She'd definitely be someone I'd enjoy meeting, although probably not at any social event including food.

If that's the kind of book that appeals to you, definitely check this out; it will be informative and entertaining. If you're hoping for a more focused look at the intricacies of eating and digestion, pass this one on by; it will definitely disappoint. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 22, 2022 |
I loved it. It was read by Emily Woo Zeller, who did an excellent job of making me laugh. I learned more about my digestive track by listening to this book than by going to my gastroenterologist. I certainly had more fun. Great job.

I can't wait to find more books that Mary Roach has written! ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Roach, Maryautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Babcock, MaryCopy editorautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Kidd, ChipProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Staggnitto, JudithDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Zeller, Emily WooNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.

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