Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of PACKING FOR MARS, BONK, SPOOK and STIFF. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic and theNew York Times Magazine, among others. Her latest book, GULP: ADVENTURES ON THE ALIMENTARY CANAL was published by W. W. Norton & Company in April 2013. 

Mary Roach

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Books by Mary Roach

by Mary Roach - Military, Nonfiction, Science

GRUNT tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries –-- panic, exhaustion, heat, noise --- and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

by Mary Roach - Humor, Nonfiction, Science

Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In GULP, we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of --- or has the courage to ask.