Wednesday, 27 January 2010

stiff

I read a book! In keeping with my new year's quasi-resolution I thought that it would be great if I could read a book each month (at least). And January is going well - Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach.

Yes, a curiously morbid choice given how incredibly squeamish I am but I saw it in a shop window and my curiosity was peaked. And it is not a morbid book - unsensationalist, droll and informative about cover it. Mary Roach is a journalist which shows in her writing style but not to the detriment of this being an entertaining read.

There are chapters on anatomic dissection, organ donation, crash test dummies, human composting as a cremation alternative and ah, all sorts of other ways in which we can be useful after we die.

For someone such as me who has trouble walking past the meat section at the supermarket it is testament to the way that this book is written that I could indeed stomach it.

3 comments:

heidi said...

OOH! I absolutely adored this book. I listened to it last winter I think, and it was so fascinating to me that I think I'm due for another listen already. I've forgotten so many of the interesting tidbits!

A said...

I also loved this book! It's so interesting....

looktang said...

I liked this book too! I read it years ago, I suppose when it first came out. And when I told my high school Forensics teacher about it, she thought I was kidding! (Because of the name and the author's name, I suppose)