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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers | Mary Roach
"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadaverssome willingly, some unwittinglyhave been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Pickpick

Finally read a Mary Roach book, her writing style is super accessible and I really enjoyed her sense of humor (especially on audio). This exploration of what can happen when you donate your body to science was fascinating but I have to say the head transplant stuff was highly disturbing! Not for the squeamish 🙀

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rather_be_reading
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From my shelves to be read 2020

ElizaMarie I love stiff!! You will enjoy it so much! 2w
SilverButtonBooks Loved Stiff and Bernadette! Lovely TBR. 2w
Eggs I‘ve read/recommend 3,4,9,10 2w
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rather_be_reading @Eggs so excited! 2w
Jeshara Station Eleven is on my list for 2020, too!
Bernadette was really good.
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essayareayaitch Loved Stiff. Mary Roach is fabulous 2w
Laughterhp I plan to read Stiff this year too! 2w
Kammbia1 Station Eleven is an excellent novel. I'm a little over dystopian novels but Station Eleven is a cut above most books in this subgenre. I hope you like it. 2w
bookful me before you novel better than the movie 1w
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CBee
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@Deardaze thank you so much for my #santathing gift!! I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a long time 😁♥️
Happy holidays to you!!

Deardaze Ahhh! I‘m glad 🥰 If you haven‘t read anything by Caitlin doughty, you should check her books out as well! 1mo
CBee @Deardaze I have one of her books on my TBR 😁 1mo
CBee @Deardaze have you received your #santathing package? 3w
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BBooks
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My niece is reading this for school and I'm super excited about it...mostly us having read same book 😁

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Laughterhp
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Picked this up at the library for 50 cents yesterday!

It‘s on my TBR for next year for my read more nonfiction goal!

#nonfictionnovember

veritysalter It‘s a fabulous, funny yet thoughtful book - Mary Roach has a brilliant way of conveying information. Happy reading 📖 2mo
Addison_Reads Great book! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 2mo
Crimson613 it's a great read! 2mo
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Crimson613
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#TIL that the cause of the Flight 800 crash was correctly predicted based on only #injuryanalysis. It was believed that a bomb had gone off or that a missle had hit the plane but the bodies proved the incident was caused by the explosion of the fuel tank. This was proved to be true later on when parts of the plane were retrieved. The details that careful #cadaver observation can give us is amazing #nonfiction #science

#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Reagan I loved that book! 2mo
Crimson613 @Reagan-reads it's so good! I'm planning to buy it :D 2mo
Reagan I realized not long ago that I must have loaned out my copy and it‘s gone 😰 I‘ll replace it! 2mo
Crimson613 @Reagan-reads oh no! That's happened to me before, it's very tragic, but it proves it was a good book?? Orz 2mo
rsteve388 4 pts 2mo
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jenniferw88
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When I look up #humannature on LibraryThing, my search indicates this book! My LibraryThing catalogue only contains books that I own.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I still haven‘t gotten the hang of LibraryThing 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
julesG @Cinfhen Me neither. 2mo
Cinfhen It just seems very user UNFRIENDLY @julesG 2mo
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julesG @Cinfhen Yes, and the page loads very slowly. Reloading, adding an entry, etc is just as painful as culling my Litsy TBR. 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @julesG it took me a while, but in some ways I prefer it to Goodreads - if I wasn't in a certain group on GR I doubt I would use it as much now. 2mo
Cinfhen Ugh!!!! That‘s discouraging @julesG what does LibraryThing do that GoodReads doesn‘t, Jenny??? 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @julesG I think the app is quite user-friendly. At least it tells you immediately if you've doubled up on a book! 🤣 2mo
julesG Jen, I haven't used the app yet. Maybe I should give it a try. 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen I like the common knowledge bits that tells you about events in books (that's how I found Year Of Wonder for #MOvember), places in books etc. It also can tell you which books in series you've got. 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @julesG the only thing I don't like about it is that when I import from GR it doesn't always pick up on my Kindle books. 2mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t tried the app, either @julesG maybe I will 2mo
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Crimson613
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#TIL that herophilus is considered the "father of #anatomy" and he's got quite the infamy. It's said that he eventually went mad (or became too enthusiastic) and #vivisected 600 prisoners!! However there is no evidence confirming this as truth #nonfiction #science

#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick 4 pt. 2mo
rsteve388 Interesting 2mo
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xxjenadanxx
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Pickpick

Who knew cadavers lead such interesting "lives"? Outlining the many different ways cadavers have been and are currently used to benefit progress, this book was eye-opening and at times a bit nasty, but in a good way.

veritysalter I love the way Mary Roach writes, all her books are so fascinating. 2mo
jb72 I just finish Gulp a few months ago. She has such an interesting and informative way of writing. 2mo
allureofbeauty I love that one. 2mo
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Crimson613
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"The problem with #cadavers is that they look so much like people. It's the reason most of us prefer a pork chop to a whole suckling pig. It's the reason we say pork and beef instead of pig and cow."

#TIL that to deal with cadavers, people #objectify them. They must separate the body from the human, which is something we also do on a daily basis with our food (and other things) #nonfiction #science #illusion #denial

#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Curly_Caffeinated_Reader I loved this book! 2mo
Crimson613 @Curlicious i only just started it but it's good so far! i'm excited for the rest 2mo
Clwojick 4 pt. (edited) 2mo
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Crimson613
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This book sounded interesting and wow, the prologue pretty much runs you down with a few points and creates some disturbing images. And I'm curious, do you think that cadavers should be used for scientific experiments where they can be potentially mutilated, dissected, and put in damaging situations (testing of car crashes, thrown off buildings)? #nonfiction #cadavers #science

#nfnov @clwojick @rsteve388

Crimson613 to answer my own question, i'm split. i understand that cadavers are used to test things so that they're better for us (author mentions the seatbelt) but also it's so wrong to think about someone i know being used like that. even someone i don't know, because i know that they have someone who would feel the same way i do. except, this isn't really something we think about, it just happens “behind the scenes“. the dilemma! #ethics 2mo
Clwojick I feel like I would definitely rather they use my body for medical testing, and organ donations.... and maybe not as a crash test dummy. 😅 4 pt. 2mo
Crimson613 @Clwojick Yeah I think I'd like that too, esp organ donation, although apparently using them for collision tests also helps car manufacturers make safer vehicles so there's that perk, HMMM 2mo
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LaraS
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I'm not bothered by the things we do with *dead* bodies so much as I'm bothered by the things we do to *living* ppl that's hidden in these pages. Research cadavers for bullets. Research cadavers for war. Research to put killers behind bars, and research to acquit those wrongly accused. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely support these endeavours; they're incredibly valuable to society. It's just...I dunno....can't we all just get along? #screamathon

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vivastory
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?"Stiff" Mary Roach
?Bone Tomahawk
?"Haute Tropique" Man Man
#manicmonday @JoScho

Karisa Stiff is such a good book. Read it years ago but parts still come floating to mind sometimes. 3mo
vivastory @Karisa I think it's one of my favorites by Roach 3mo
RavenCatReads Book: Gideon the Ninth! 3mo
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JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤💀🖤 3mo
readordierachel Bone Tomahawk! Scenes from that are burned into my brain. 3mo
vivastory @readordierachel Right?! We need money Western Horror! 🐄👹 3mo
readordierachel Yes, we do! 3mo
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julesG
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#Variable

#QuotsyOct19 @TK-421

"Rigor Morris is more VARIABLE: It starts a few hours after death, usually in the head or neck, and continues, moving on down the body, finishing up and disappearing anywhere from ten to forty-eight hours after death."

GingerAntics I‘ve had this and Bonk on my wish list for years now. I‘ve only ever heard good things. Snarky but informative I think is about the way it was originally described to me. lol 3mo
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Lexeegee
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Pickpick

I think I have found my next binge-worthy author. Her sense of humor makes a rather gruesome subject easier to deal with. If you have a weak stomach, I would suggest you pass on this one. But if, like me, science is fascinating, this is a good one.

vivastory I love Mary Roach. I really liked 3mo
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kezzlou85
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Pickpick

This is quite a graphic look at bodies after death. Not for the squeamish. There was some interesting details in this but it didn't capture my attention as much as I thought it would. Its heavy on detail in some places. I did find the history fascinating and realizing just how much our bodies can tell about accidents etc. 3*
First book finished for #24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
kezzlou85 @Andrew65 thanks 4mo
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Lexeegee
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Not sure if this is really breakfast appropriate ready. But here we go.

thereadingowlvina I loved this book! Read it twice! 😁 4mo
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Blaire
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Ruthiella A toe tag is the perfect cover! 4mo
Blaire @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @ruthiella thanks! It is also my favorite book of hers. 4mo
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Megara
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Pickpick

“How to know if you‘re dead” — something I ask myself frequently

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Samplergal
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Pickpick

Considering the subject matter, this book could have gone sideways quickly. It was, however, delightful. Discussing all the ways we can be “ handled” after we die, the author‘s sense of humor makes this a great book to read or listen. I recommend the audiobook, as the dry sense of humor is well conveyed. 4🌟

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KarenUK
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#AyUpAugust #Human

Its an odd thing to say but I really loved this book. I am not at all squeamish, so found all the info about what happens if we ‘donate our bodies to science‘ super fascinating! Mary‘s writing makes this topic really accessible and at times pretty funny!
As someone who wants to donate every useful bit of me, once I‘m gone, I loved all the different chapters on all the research cadavers are used to help...

thereadingowlvina I loved this book! I read twice! 😁 5mo
Stacypatrice I have this in my TBR basket 🧺 5mo
Hooked_on_books I loved it, too! 5mo
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Cinfhen I couldn‘t get into this book 🙁 5mo
squirrelbrain Do you think someone slightly squeamish could manage it?! 5mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain maybe?! 😂.... there‘s definitely some icky stuff, but she is such a fun writer it makes it palatable... 5mo
Reggie I wouldn‘t mind being that mulch she describes from that lady in Switzerland or Sweden. 5mo
KarenUK @Reggie 😂😂.... I kept thinking that all through the book! “I wouldn‘t mind being that one..... “ “or that one....” etc! 5mo
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HoneyBeeLee
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Lunch time is never complete without a good book 😌📖📚

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Not necessarily the most appetizing book, lol. But a certainly a fascinating read. 😊 7mo
HoneyBeeLee @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego working with a county coroners office have made me not so easily grossed out to eat and read this. 🤣 before this job I probably would have waited until I wasn‘t eating. 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Haha, well then this book is nothing. Eat away! 😆 7mo
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Billypar
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Pickpick

Is it weird that I found this oddly comforting? Roach has this deft ability to find the humor in corpses, while never failing to give departed humans and their families the sensitivity and respect they deserve. But the humor was important to me- it helped take a little of the sting out of so much death. She covers wide-ranging territory: science, history, research, and strange but true stories. And the audio narrator, Shelly Frasier, was perfect!

Billypar I'm not going to explain the picture, but if you read it, you too may now have a permanent association with Rice Krispies 🤢 7mo
Trashcanman The popping teeth In the crematorium. If I recall correctly. 7mo
LeahBergen Oh, gross. 😆 I have it waiting on my shelves. 7mo
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Billypar @Trashcanman It's compared to the sound of maggots having a meal. But about what you mentioned, I didn't realize that cremation is bad for the environment because of the mercury in fillings...never would have imagined. 7mo
ruskigurl16 Thank you for the reminder. I ❤️ this book. ☠️ 7mo
Trashcanman @Billypar yea that book was far out. Check out Gulp by her too. You'll learn about concrete enigmas. 7mo
Billypar @LeahBergen Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😀 7mo
Billypar @ruskigurl16 No problem 😁 It was really strong all the way through. 7mo
Billypar @Trashcanman Gulp was the other one of hers I read: I really liked it too. I think I'm going to try Spook next. 7mo
Reggie I really want to be frozen and then vibrated apart into mulch. 7mo
Reggie Nice review!! 7mo
Billypar @Reggie Thanks! And me too- I can't understand why so many people were opposed to it (except maybe those in the funeral industry). 7mo
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Smarkies
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Mehso-so

This should tackle the "something with a death".
I thought I would have liked this better than I did owing to the subject matter. But unfortunately I found some parts of this a bit dull. ?
#nonfiction2019
#audiobook
#somethingwithadeath

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Smarkies
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Starting on this one today..... 😁
#audiobook

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behudd
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Mehso-so

I understand why people like it & find it humorous & fascinating. I, however, am a terrible nonfiction reader in general and in this one I just could not get past all the references to animal testing. I should have seen it coming, but I didn‘t. Aside from that, this book now being 16 years old made me question a lot of the “new” science & what was happening now. She writes well, practically & with, at least what I found to be, appropriate humor.

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behudd
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Pretty funny to be sitting in a packed Starbucks, eating a bagel, listening to a book on corpse decay 💀😂

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LoverOfLearning
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I've been reading this book for 2.5 years! Time to finish this bad boy.

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RamsFan1963
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Bailedbailed

This should be right up my alley, but try as I might, I could not warm up to the subject. It wasn't poorly written, I just found myself drifting unfocused while reading it. Maybe I will try again later, maybe the moods not right. I know when I haven't touch a book in 3 days it's time to move on 😞😞

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Christinak
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Crude jokes were made. School-children snickered. Reporters from newspapers across the country criticized the carnival air of the proceedings and the lack of religious ritual and due #solemnity. Cremation was all but doomed to an early grave.

#QuotsyMar19 #31DaysOfNonFiction
#solemn

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LoverOfLearning
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My murder mystery bookshelf is coming along nicely! I have finished 6 books and working my way through two (Stiff and Sons of Cain)!

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RamsFan1963
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1. Tagged, Alliance Rising and ...And Then You're Dead
2. Captain Marvel
3. Hot Spiced Tea

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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heyitsMacall
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Panpan

I would be nothing without my experiences with human cadavers. With that said, I didn‘t like the way this author wrote about whole body donors. This book makes more sense for a high school student before they take a dissection/prosection course.

mdhughes72 What do you mean? Do you work with cadavers? 10mo
heyitsMacall @mdhughes72 in undergrad I took gross anatomy with prosected cadavers. My university had 15+ cadavers at the time. Last year I took graduate level gross anatomy and dissected. 10mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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I brought my vehicle in for some some minor repairs and the shop just happened to be next to a new & used bookstore and I found this book! It's been on my wishlist for years and I am so glad that I found it! 😃

Reviewsbylola Great book! 10mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Pickpick

This is one of my favourites book. I revisit this on Feb 10, 2019 and it's still an entertainingly fun audiobook! Science + humor = 👍👍👍

Rating: 5🌟

More reviews at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1859251676

#rereadfavouritesFeb2019

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mrozzz
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Pickpick

I never would have thought I'd be so entertained listening to Roach's research on the varying ways human corpses can be used for research and live a second life after the individual's death. It should be obvious that this is not for the squeamish, but despite the inclusion of numerous gruesome details, like those surrounding decapitation and crucification, it was easy to get past since the rest is just too fascinating to look away from.

RebL Ah! Same. As gruesome as it seems, I read this after my father passed away and it helped me in grief. 10mo
Wannabe_Quijote This one is great! I assign it in my “death and dying” course 10mo
mrozzz How apt!! Glad it helped 💜 @RebL 10mo
mrozzz That seems perfect! @Wannabe_Quijote 10mo
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REPollock
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Pickpick

This was a surprisingly fun read, for a book about dead bodies. The woman who read the audiobook had a kind of deadpan delivery that I think was supposed to be funny but which got on my nerves. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I‘d read it as a paper book.

Crazeedi Love mary roach, this was a good book 11mo
behudd I‘m having the same problem listening to the audiobook now! Getting ready to pick up the paper copy instead (edited) 9mo
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REPollock
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Next audiobook... ⚰️

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LizzyFara
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This book is continuously blowing my mind. It‘s kind of a slow read for me because there‘s so much information to take in and I need time to process. My perspective is changing on so many things..

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MistyNichole
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My first Blind Date with a Book display! My date is Mary Roach‘s Stiff!!

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litterairy
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We read Stiff for book club this month. I read it a couple of years ago and it's still an entertaining history of what happens to your body after you die and the history of care of the dead. Naturally, I made cookies.

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Reggie
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2 years ago, I read this book and my review said I wouldn‘t mind having my body frozen to kill all the bacteria then vibrated apart to be turned into mulch because of what a woman in Sweden had invented. It wasn‘t available in the U.S. back then but NOW a different method with the same result is closer than we think. Thanks, Mary Roach!! (Insert NBC shooting star logo with The More You Know Logo here, lol)

Bookzombie This is fascinating. After I read this book, I wanted to donate my body to a body farm or science. 🙂 12mo
Reggie @Bookzombie that‘s cool!! I also thought of that because the University of New Mexico is mentioned in the book and I thought about donating mine to them. 😊 12mo
emilyhaldi Ohhh!! That‘s pretty cool. I could see @Mdargusch being interested in becoming mulch to use in her lakeside garden 🌸 12mo
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Reggie @emilyhaldi awww 💐 🌺 🌸 🌳 12mo
Hope_a There is some kind of urns where they put human remaining with a seed from a tree. When the tree is big enough you can repot it in the ground. It‘s really cool idea. 12mo
RaimeyGallant Compost me! 12mo
RaimeyGallant I've emailed back and forth with the woman you are referring to (book research.) I think it's called premation instead of cremation. And yes, there us at least one test facility in the U.S., for an expedited compost process, and it's very dignified, but it was still at the proposal stage last time I checked. 12mo
Reggie @RaimeyGallant yeah!!! Compost me, too!! That‘s cool. Hopefully it comes through. 12mo
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Americanbookdragon
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I try for an average of 50 books a year. Last year I read 8 extra books. So my goal was 42 books. I ended up reading 77 books making it 35 extra books I didn't have to read. So technically I only have to read 15 books next year, haha.

Sometimes books get in the way of living my life, maybe it's not such a bad idea to slow down.

#bookdragon #readabook #bookaholic #bookaddict #reads #bookobsessed #goodreads #bookgoal #readabook #bibliophile

Birdsong28 Congrats 🎉🎊📚📖 13mo
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Shazzer
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Pickpick

Gross but incredibly interesting. Makes u think about death but not in a fearful way.

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BookaholicNatty
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Today was the last official day of the semester!!!!! Woohoooo!!! Exams are over and now I wait for final grades to be posted! This is the book I gave my Anatomy teacher today after my exam and I was sooo excited to give it to her!!! She loved it and that makes me even happier! She was a wonderful teacher and really worked with me since I was taking that along with my nursing classes! I want to read this one too, Mary Roach is a fantastic author!

Trashcanman That's a great book. 13mo
LauraJ That‘s the book that made me a Mary Roach fan forever 🖤 13mo
Ruthiella Perfect gift for your teacher! 13mo
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Reggie This book makes me want to be freeze dried, vibrated apart and used as mulch when I die. So good. 13mo
hissingpotatoes I read very, very little nonfiction but I absolutely loved this one! 13mo
TNbookworm This is a great book! 13mo
fleeting I'd recommend Caitlin Doughty's books! 😊 13mo
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AutumnRLS
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The other three books I'm steadily working my way through... #tbrproblems

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Meganphil
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“We are all nature, all made of the same basic materials, with the same basic needs. We are no different, on a very basic level, from the ducks and the mussels and last week‘s coleslaw. Thus we should respect Nature, and when we die, we should give ourselves back to the earth.”

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Meganphil
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“Death is a possibility for new life. The body becomes something else. I would like that that something be as positive as possible.”

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Christinak
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The looks I got reading this in public!
This book is fascinating and I read this straight through. Highly recommended if you are looking for some non-fiction reading. I was afraid it would be gory because of the subject matter but she wrote this well. She was able to convey what she needed to without being gross. #allhallowsread

VioletBramble I frequently have conversations about the cadaver farms. Those were the most interesting parts of the book, to me. 1y
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

Loved this one. It's informative, well researched and well written. Mary Roach presents an uncomfortable topic in a very straight forward manner, with a little humor and a lot of dignity.

I will have to read some of her other books now.

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