I like that Aziz wrote a book like this rather than a memoir because you don't often see celebrities tackling topics other than their own lives. And iI like that Aziz wrote a book like this rather than a memoir because you don't often see celebrities tackling topics other than their own lives. And it's not just fluff--there's a lot of interesting research that went into it. But it still has Aziz's goofy humor, which he uses to present the information in a fun way. I listened to "Modern Romance" on audio, which was awesome because Aziz reads it. A fun, fascinating read!...more
I love this book so, so much. My expectations for JCW were high after "Where Things Come Back," and I might like this one even better. It's such a fasI love this book so, so much. My expectations for JCW were high after "Where Things Come Back," and I might like this one even better. It's such a fascinating idea: what would it be like if you went to sleep, woke up, and found out that everyone in your life had moved ahead five years while you felt like you'd only been gone a few hours? So interesting, and it really makes you think. It's got a lot of heart to it, and it's simply hilarious as well. I just loved every single page. ...more
Romance is not my favorite genre, and the end of this one is very predictable and a bit rushed. But I had to give it five stars because I loved each aRomance is not my favorite genre, and the end of this one is very predictable and a bit rushed. But I had to give it five stars because I loved each and every page. Don's narration totally cracked me up, and he completely charmed me despite all of his social mishaps. It's the perfect light summer read. ...more
When I was a kid, probably from around ages 8 to 11, I was obsessed with outer space and convinced that I would be miserable unless I grew up to be anWhen I was a kid, probably from around ages 8 to 11, I was obsessed with outer space and convinced that I would be miserable unless I grew up to be an astronaut. Then I got older and realized that I suck at math, can't sit still (no cramped space shuttles for me), and definitely wouldn't pass all the psychological tests you have to take to demonstrate that you wouldn't go nuts if they chucked you of the planet. So I gave up the dream, but I definitely stayed interested in the universe beyond Earth. Therefore I was pumped when we picked "Packing for Mars" for book club, and it did not disappoint. It's the perfect science book for me: tons of facts and interesting tidbits, but not too much jargon and just the right amount of detail. And lots of humor. There's quite a bit of the bathroom variety, so beware if you don't care for that kind of thing. It's usually more clever and witty than your average fart joke, however.
Roach is an insanely dedicated writer. I can't imagine how long it took her to dig all these juicy tidbits out of secretive NASA. I'm certainly glad she did, though. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of information included in this book (warning: they get progressively more gross as the list goes on):
Astronauts, on average, are 2.5 inches taller in space than on earth.
A consultant once argued that NASA should send obese people into space and let them live off their fat for the duration of the trip, up to weeks at a time, to save food costs and storage space.
In space, you don’t know you have to go to the bathroom until the last minute because pee literally floats around the sides of your bladder instead of pushing against the bottom as it fills.
There is no size “small” size for the condom-style urine collection device inside space suits. There is large, extra large, and extra-extra large. The designers discovered that few male astronauts wanted to choose the so-called small ones, which resulted in some ill-fitting devices and bad messes.
There are still urine and feces samples from astronauts of the Skylab and Apollo eras in freezers at Houston’s Johnson Space Center.
I realize almost all of those are gross. Sorry about that. But there's more where that come from, so if you enjoy learning such things I recommend this book.