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Stiff by Mary Roach
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Apr 20, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from April 02 to 05, 2011

Stiff could be subtitled, “Everything you always wanted to know about dead bodies and a lot you didn’t.” With her customary humor on a subject that generally is not approached with any humor at all, Mary Roach leads us down the merry path of the dead and the disposal thereof. Not irreverent, but often – it must be said – just plain gross, we learn of the many things dead bodies go through as death goes on and on. Not for the weak of stomach, we learn what happens to the physical remains when life ceases. Who knew that dead bodies have so many uses, and that the dead could offer so much to the living! Well documented, nothing is taboo in this discussion. Ms. Roach leaves no stone unturned, or maybe, no body neglected in her search for all the things corpses can do, and what eventually becomes of them when their work is done. Told with style and clarity, this informative discourse will amaze you, even as you ponder what lies in your future…beyond this life.
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