Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review: Gulp by Mary Roach


Non-fiction.  I read this for the non-fiction book club at my local library (July 2014).  Really interesting book, though I may have found it more so than the average person because I have GI issues.  Our bodies are really interesting machines.  The author has a good sense of humor and goes to some funny places that do some unusual experiments.  Mary Roach visited people who are professional taste testers (e.g. olive oil), some people who explain why only smell is important to dogs when choosing their food but that cats only really care about texture so you can call their food whatever you like and it makes a difference only to the owners, scientists who determine the smell factors and components of flatulence, she enthusiastically gets a colonoscopy, and other bizarre, funny, and informative adventures.  Boy the history of medicine has been quite bizarre at times.  I enthusiastically recommend this one.  It really helped me learn quite a bit about my own GI issues in an entertaining way and about some of the new research being done about bacteria and its importance to our digestive and overall health.  I look forward to reading some of her other books, if they are half as interesting as this they will be worth the read.

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