[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”0393324826″ locale=”us” height=”500″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AhnoyhzKL.jpg” width=”375″][simpleazon-link asin=”0393324826″ locale=”us”]Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers[/simpleazon-link] by Mary Roach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The author’s droll humor captivates the reader immediately. She deftly manages to take an otherwise taboo topic and make it engaging, entertaining and informative. Excellently and gamely researched. Fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes. Though she handles her subject with respect and sensitivity, it can be a bit unnerving (particularly the animal testing). My discomfort with the subject is why I picked up the book in the first place. I guess I have a macabre interest that I’d be too uneasy to explore with anyone other than Mary Roach. If you’ve always been curious about what happens to bodies donated to science, this is the book for you.
“Death. It doesn’t have to be boring” (p. 11).
“Cadavers, once you get used to them – and you do that quite fast – are surprisingly easy to be around” (p. 98).