Spook : Science Tackles the Afterlife
"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that-the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 140 x 211 x 20mm | 248g
- 17 Oct 2006
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"The general reader's ideal emissary to the arcana of serious science. . . . Roach's writing has what science has so far failed to find: a divine spark." -- Malcolm Jones - Newsweek "Dependably witty, especially when it ventures far into the ether. . . . [Roach] makes a clever investigator and a thoroughly entertaining, if skeptical, tour guide." -- Janet Maslin - New York Times "Investigative reporting has no lighter, more irreverent spirit than Mary Roach. . . . Spook is enormous fun." -- David A Walton - Pittsburgh Union-Tribune "Surreal, fascinating, at times absurd and always hilarious, Mary Roach may not reveal the street address of our final destination, but in Spook she makes it sound less like a morgue and more like a comedy club." -- Vince Darcangelo - Boulder Weekly "Reading Spook is like attending a lecture by a professor who is equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining." -- Dorman T. Schindler - Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News
About Mary Roach
Mary Roach is the author of seven best-selling works of nonfiction, including Stiff, Bonk, and Gulp. Her writing has appeared in Outside, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications.