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Stiff by Mary Roach
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Feb 25, 2010

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Read from February 17 to 25, 2010

My sister gave it a "5". But I can't go that far. I was fascinated by the topic (having taken an anatomy class in college and growing up in a curious family) and there were some chapters I found particularly interesting (practicing surgery on cadavers, research on car safety, decomposition, morgue practices, researching plane crashes etc.). Some chapters were disturbing to me and I skimmed them briefly (army research on cadavers, religious cadavers, cannablism, decapitation, things done to dead people). After backpacking with the wife of a mortician a year ago and getting answers for questions I'd never asked anyone else, this book completed most of the answers. However, I didn't really appreciate some of the flippant attitudes of the author. She was quite thorough and there were entertaining, light writings throughout.

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message 1: by Caryn (new)

Caryn Ha! Me, too. However, I'm also reading, "The Help," so I'm a bit slow getting through, "Stiff." Fascinating, though.

Rene Just can't eat stir-fried beef while reading that book. Doesn't work.
It reminds me of my anatomy class at BYU.

message 3: by Dahlene (new)

Dahlene I'll be interested to see what you have to say about this one.

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