Recommended by Jeri Hodder
Even if nonfiction is not your usual cup of tea, you might enjoy this offbeat book about the human digestive system. Mary Roach is fearless in her quest to understand the science of the human body; and, like for her previous books, Bonk, Spook, and Stiff, Roach has done careful research into the often bizarre history of medical science.
The author then follows up with a look at experiments now underway and the personalities involved in this important, but often icky, area of medical research. (And why DO we view the end products of the digestive system as disgusting and taboo?). Also, why do we prefer crunchy foods to slimy ones? Could something you swallowed alive eat its way back out through your stomach wall? What does it feel like to put your arm inside a digesting cow’s stomach? Could you burst your stomach by overeating? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? This book takes you humorously from nose to tail, asking the questions your Freshman Biology book never considered, let alone answered.