Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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By (author) Mary Roach, Narrator Emily Woo Zeller

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 165mm x 28mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452613427
  • ISBN 13: 9781452613420
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,773,219

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"America's funniest science writer" ("Washington Post") takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in "Gulp" are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in "Stiff" and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in "Packing for Mars." 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. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists--who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach's books, "Gulp" is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

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Journalist and former Salon.com columnist Mary Roach is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Stiff," "Spook," "Bonk," and "Packing for Mars." "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner Emily Woo Zeller has been described by "AudioFile" magazine as doing "an extraordinary job of varying the voices in the dialogue without losing the intimacy of the story." While she specializes in Asian American narratives, Emily's work spans a broad spectrum, including young adult fiction.

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"Roach once again goes boldly into the fields of strange science. In the case of her newest, some may hesitate to follow it's about the human digestive system, and it's as gross as one might expect. . . . Adventurous kids and doctors alike will appreciate this fascinating and sometimes ghastly tour of the gastrointestinal system." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review