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Stiff by Mary Roach
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Feb 06, 2012

bookshelves: 2012, nonfiction
Read from January 19 to February 06, 2012

This book was surprisingly funny and, less surprisingly, more than a little grotesque. In fact, by the time I reached the second to last chapter (regarding cannibalism on corpses), I had to stop. Mary Roach's light-hearted and descriptive approach to conveying all that can be done with human cadavers is almost charming at first, but the book is simply too in-depth for the squeamish (ME!) among us. Truth be told, I should have stopped one chapter earlier, because the third to last chapter deals exclusively with decapitation and historical experiments to transplant heads (of dogs and monkeys, with the aim to eventually transplant human heads). The details of these morbid lab scenes threaten to linger on in my memory, and I truly wish I had stopped reading the book earlier on.

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