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Gulp
Gulp | Mary Roach
In this international bestseller, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, beer and pet-food tasters, stomach slugs, potato crisp engineers, enema exorcists, rectum-examining prison guards, competitive hot dog eaters, Elvis' doctor, and many more as she investigates the beginning, and the end, of our food.
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JacqMac
Gulp | Mary Roach
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I didn‘t have time to make any #LitsyPartOfOne posts yesterday. It was a little crazy and I fell asleep with with a book on my face. But I did get 7:17 on the clock for #24B4Monday and #MrBook1inAMillion This is the stack I‘ve been working on. I will have more time to post today. I hope.

@MrBook @Lynnsoprano @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher

Lynnsoprano Glad you could join the party today! ❤️🎉🎉 1mo
MrBook Love this stack! And love falling asleep with a book in my face! 😂🤣👏🏻🙌🏻😎 1mo
MrBook Thank you for joining the fun, I‘m really happy you have! ☺️🤗 1mo
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Andrew65 Wow! A great time. 1mo
Andrew65 @MrBook Can be painful when it‘s an ebook on your iPad. Know from regular experience. 🤕 1mo
JacqMac @MrBook @andrew65 I try to switch to my phone or kindle if I feel sleepy. Lessens the chance of breaking my nose. Lol 1mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac Me too, but sometimes just a book I can‘t stop reading. 1mo
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Lexeegee
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What better book to read with breakfast??

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Coleen
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Mehso-so

I‘ve read most of Mary Roach‘s books — she‘s one of the few non-fiction writers that I tend to gravitate toward. But I thought this one was really just so-so. It wasn‘t exactly what I‘d expected. It seemed like she got off-topic a little and I found my mind wandering while listening. But she does know her stuff. Her books are well- researched and she‘s not afraid to get in there and touch, smell, taste.....whatever it takes.

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jb72
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Very interesting book, but not for the faint of heart. If you‘re queasy at all, this is not for you. It is all about the alimentary canal (the path food takes from mouth to butt). I laughed out loud a few times.

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Daisey
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I enjoyed this book, but I can‘t help comparing it to Gut, which I also listened to recently. This one was more humorous with diversions that varied the topic more, and it seemed to mostly skip the small intestine. I felt Gut was more focused on the actual function of the entire human digestive system.

I listened to much of the book on the drive to my house yesterday from visiting my family with my pets looking very ready to go home.

Crazeedi Love all Mary Roach's books! 4mo
rretzler 😻 4mo
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Scochrane26 The pets are so cute! 4mo
Daisey @Crazeedi It was fascinating, and I have others of hers on my someday TBR. 4mo
JeanaRae I've read Stiff and currently reading Bonk. I love her work! 4mo
Dolly I found this book rather incomplete too and felt the same way after reading Stiff by Roach. I liked Working Stiff by Melinek much better. 4mo
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Pickpick

Mary Roach's Gulp is, as her work always is, fascinating. And funny. Parts of it are deeply disgusting . . . yet, she makes a case for why we shouldn't be disgusted, as she explores all elements, angles, and facets of the alimentary canal, beginning to end. As always, Roach finds unique stories to illustrate the importance of a topic I hadn't thought much about. This was excellent on audiobook!⠀

Who else is a Mary Roach fan? Have you read Gulp?

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Deborah42
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A journey from the beginning of the digestive system all the way through to the end. Funny and informative.

Deborah42 @LiterRohde Stiff was fascinating. I liked it better than this one. Oddly, I find death less squicky than poop. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
LiterRohde @Deborah42 Agreed. 🤣 6mo
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Hooked_on_books
Gulp | Mary Roach
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This book is incredible. And guess what? You can get the audiobook FREE from Sync for one week only. Head to the link below to grab your copy.

https://www.audiobooksync.com/

Well-ReadNeck Thanks for the heads up!!! Snagged it! 🙌🏼 6mo
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CarterMD07
Pickpick

She‘s the best science writer around

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LaurenReads
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Mary Roach is the queen of mixing interesting and disgusting- I love her books! #nonfiction #audiobook

AutumnRLS Have this and several other Roach books on my tbr after reading and loving Stiff! 7mo
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Billypar
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That line from Casablanca comes to mind: "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." I've long been interested in trying something by Mary Roach and this met expectations. Strange but true tales of digestion: Want to hear about chewing your food until it liquifies? See-through stomachs? Escaping from being eaten? The science of rectal transport? Flatulence-proof suits? Roach has it covered, in all its gross, yet scientific glory ?

Aimeesue I love Mary Roach soooooooo much! Gulp and Stiff are my favorites. ❤️ 8mo
Billypar @Aimeesue Stiff is next on my MR list. Part of me cringes at the subject, but I assume that's kind of the point. 8mo
Toniyesss Stiff was super interesting! I read it years ago and things I learned in it still pop in my mind on a regular basis. I think it‘s probably less cringe-y than you expect 8mo
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LauraJ I love her sooooo much! 8mo
Billypar @Toniyesss That's good to know- it's a fascinating topic for a book- something that you can't picture anyone but Roach tackling. 8mo
Billypar @LauraJ I'm looking forward to reading more of hers! 8mo
Aimeesue @Billypar I certainly did a lot of cringing while reading it, but a lot of it was oddly touching as well. 8mo
Liz_M I loved Stiff! The idea of (I'm sure I'm paraphrasing incorrectly, but....) munitions-grade gelatin still cracks me up. 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 8mo
Billypar @Liz_M Ha- I'm sure there's no shortage of creative metaphors 😀 8mo
Liz_M Oh, it's not a metaphor. That's what makes it so wonderful. 😁 8mo
Billypar @Liz_M Audio hold officially placed! 8mo
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cinann
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This is my book haul for this month. I bought no books in January, so I made up for it in February.

SilversReviews Nice stack. I read THE AU PAIR and I INVITED HER IN. Enjoy all of your books. 9mo
cinann @SilversReviews Thank you, I will. 9mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Mary Roach is really such an awesome author. No one actually wants to know about the “alimentary canal”, but Mary Roach writes in such a way that I want to know everything she has to tell me. She‘s funny and smart and dedicated to every topic she dives into. She makes the mundane fascinating and I love her writing. This was awesome and really entertaining.

Maude I will have to look for this one, I really liked her book Stiff, the Curious Life of Human Cadavers. 11mo
Victoriahoperose @Maude I liked that one a lot too!! She‘s so talented. I definitely recommend this one. 11mo
Pricel101 Mary Roach books are terrific in audio, she brings science to life! (gross, funny & fascinating) @maude @Victoriahoperose 👍 11mo
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chrissy.ww
Gulp | Mary Roach
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As always, Mary Roach delivers a marvellous blend of humour and knowledge.

If you're squeamish, don't read while eating 😁

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chrissy.ww
Gulp | Mary Roach
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I adore Mary Roach‘s extra notes 📝

This one in particular I find quite amusing 😂

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chrissy.ww
Gulp | Mary Roach
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It‘s been a long while since I posted here 😲
I‘ve a lot of reading since I was last here - still less than I‘d like.

Right now I‘m smashing through another Mary Roach book on my IPad - this will be the 3rd one I‘ve read of hers, and I also have another one lined up!

Stay tuned for many more updates!

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LeahBergen
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CouronneDhiver Well done 👍🏽 13mo
Aimeesue I loooooooove Mary Roach!❤️ 13mo
Crazeedi Good author, I've read a couple of ger book. I have this one on my shelf 13mo
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LeahBergen @Aimeesue @Crazeedi I have this and also Stiff (and both are still TBR 😬). 13mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen I've read all her stuff. She has a sense of humor, which makes it fun, but there are also a lot of very human moments when she's telling the stories behind some things, especially in Stiff, I think. 13mo
Crazeedi @LeahBergen This is one of the ones I read , very good , I need to get her other books off my shelf and read! 13mo
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read anything by her😬 13mo
Reviewsbylola Hahaha, love this! 13mo
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AutumnRLS
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Today's used book loot! Thanks Abebooks! Seriously, two look like they've never been read.

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britt_brooke
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Mehso-so

“The slang for the rectum is ‘prison wallet.‘”

Interesting, but gross, with a good dose of potty humor. I now know more about Elvis‘s “super colon” than necessary.

LittlePixels 😂😂😂 1y
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britt_brooke
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Cleaning kitchen grout with some #MaryRoach. I somehow hadn‘t realized how dirty the grout had gotten and now it‘s all I can see ... and family who‘ve never been to our house are coming to visit tomorrow. So, here I am. 😬😭

#currentlylistening #multitasking #booksandchores #audio #audiobook #libby

Hollie I‘m glad you‘ve got an audiobook to make the sucky task go quicker! 1y
Libby1 Good luck. 😊 1y
Floresj Good luck! I hate when I finally notice how dirty something is and then I obsess about cleaning it and how everyone would notice (although they probably wouldn‘t!)😊 1y
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britt_brooke @Hollie @Libby1 Went more smoothly than I expected. The book helped! 1y
britt_brooke @Floresj Next thing you know I‘ll be cleaning baseboards, lol! 1y
Libby1 So glad. 💕 1y
Reviewsbylola My kitchen floor has grout that is impossible to clean. 😣 1y
AlaMich Grout is the Absolute Worst. You spend forever on you knees on hard tile and when you get up you have tile impressions on your knees. Or is that just me? 1y
britt_brooke @AlaMich 🙋🏼‍♀️ Not just you! 😬 1y
AlaMich @britt_brooke Phew! 😀 1y
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Mc_cart_ny
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I started listening to Mary Roach's Gulp this morning while I had breakfast. Odd book choice, I know 😅

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

Parts of this were really interesting, parts were just gross and kinda made me nauseous. I also felt like the scientific way she looked at some things didn't pay enough attention to the humanity of people involved in the cases she was talking about (like drug smugglers and prisoners). And then there was the offhand comment with no evidence to back it up that Black people and Latin Americans are more homophobic than white people...

WhatDeeReads This is one on my list that I think I‘m skipping. Your reviews frequently point to issues that matter to me and I appreciate it so much! 2y
batsy That last point is something I haven't seen anyone else mention and that's pushing it way down the TBR for me. Thanks! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mary Roach said she hoped people would think "I thought this book would be gross but actually it's really interesting." Unfortunately so far I am finding it both gross and interesting...

Rachel.Rencher I have such a hard time with Mary Roach books. My stomach is too weak 😂 2y
CouronneDhiver Haha! I love her books ... to each their own, I suppose. 👍🏽 2y
emtobiasz I love her books, but I'm not sure I could handle them on audio-- that's a whole other level for me! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Rachel.Rencher I think one is especially bad for a weak stomach since it talks so much about spit, chewed food, and poop! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @CouronneDhiver oh I like it! Just am simultaneously disgusted. 2y
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GeekGrl82
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Mehso-so

Eh, it was okay. I've heard such great things about Mary Roach that I was expecting something more entertaining, or more funny. I'll probably still try another one.

jpmcwisemorgan I‘m iffy on Mary Roach. I don‘t care for how much time she spends describing people because she seems to put a lot of emphasis on appearance, especially of scientists. It rubbed me the wrong way. 2y
Reviewsbylola Mary Roach is a total bore for me, with the exception of 2y
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vivastory
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I've read two Mary Roach books. Stiff details the various uses & misuses of cadavers & Gulp examines the process of digestion. There are several details in both books that are fascinating & a bit #nasty
#fiercefeb day 10
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Cinfhen Brilliant!!! You're on a roll 🎲 2y
vivastory @Cinfhen Thanks! 🤗 2y
Hooked_on_books I love Mary Roach! Both of these are so entertaining. 2y
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vivastory @Hooked_on_books She's fantastic! I think the next one I'm going to read by her will be 2y
Cinfhen Definitely an author I want to try!! 2y
readordierachel Very clever! Stiff was so good. Still my favorite of the 3 of hers I've read. I really need to read Gulp. 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Eventually I'd like to read all of her work 2y
readordierachel A good goal :) 2y
Liz_M I found Stiff hilarious, but my roommates were rather worried to find me on the couch giggling at a book about cadavers. Especially after I said the book, plus all the murder mysteries, was "research". :-D :-D :-D 2y
vivastory @Liz_M 😂😂 Roach has a great sense of humor 2y
CSeydel Mary Roach is a delight. I had the great pleasure of attending a panel discussion about writing science books, which she moderated, with Ed Yong and Steve Silberman. Pure magic. 2y
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Lalalauren
Mehso-so

Who would‘ve thought you could write an entire book on this

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prowlix
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I thoroughly loved this especially on audio. My biggest caveat is that I have a high “gross” tolerance so this is not for everyone. But I think Mary Roach did such a great job showing humor but also detail in fascinating subject! She brings so much wonder and curiosity to the study of our GI tract. Highly rec for those interested in medical history ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lalalauren
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Late night reading #insomnia

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parttimedomestic
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#HumpDayPost @MinDea
1. Post a Shelfie! This is one of two bookshelves made by my sweet husband.
2.History or Futuristic? Futuristic has been keeping my interest lately.
3. 🍷, 🍺, or 🍸? 🍻
4. What color are your eyes? Hazel
5. Currently reading? Finishing up the tagged book on audio, Jane Eyre for the #janeeyrebuddyread , and a short story collection by Karen Russell.

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enidkeaner
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Pickpick

While I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I liked Stiff, Mary Roach is always funny and always informative.

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parttimedomestic
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I decided to accompany my husband on a business trip out to west Texas this weekend, so we are currently road tripping with Mary Roach. Super fascinating so far!

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Serotonin
Gulp | Mary Roach
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I came across this at the bookstore the other day. The biology geek in me is ever so curious 🧐🤣

#gulp #biologygeek

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NLB
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Pickpick

Mary Roach takes you along as she dives into the science and pseudoscience surrounding the alimentary canal. A trove of scientific factoids, interesting historical anecdotes, cultural trivia, this book makes it interesting to read about something all take for granted every day: the journey our food takes. A must-read for any armchair scientist or otherwise curious mind- and don't miss the footnotes!

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WhiteDayLilies
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#day13 #30daysofreadathon #genre
I've really been trying to broaden my reading in the past couple of years and #nonfiction #science books have been an amazing discovery :). Part of my job is communicating science so it's been a really good resource for me as well! 🤓👩🏻‍🔬#books #billnye #maryroach #hiddenfigures #thescienceoforphanblack

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vivastory
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This is the second Roach that I have read. In the introduction, she writes "I don't want you to say, 'This is gross.' I want you to say, 'I thought this would be gross, but it's really interesting.' Okay, and maybe a little gross." Gulp is indeed very interesting (& gross). Informative & fascinating, Gulp is an unforgettable deep dive into what the front flap refers to as "the invisible realm we carry around inside."

Suet624 Love this review. 💕 2y
vivastory @Suet624 That's so kind. Thank you! 🙂 2y
Suet624 I meant to add that yours is the first review that made me want to actually stack the book. 😁 2y
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Avanders What was the first Roach you read? I read and loved 2y
LeahBergen I bought this book last week after I flipped by chance to the bit about "would you survive being swallowed by a whale". I had to have it. ? 2y
vivastory @Avanders That's the other one I've read. I think the next one will be Packing for Mars 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen That was one of my favorite sections 🐳🐋😬😂 2y
Avanders Sweet.. I have .. all of her books? But I've only read the one... one of those situations where I don't wait to be disappointed I think .. based on your review, perhaps it will be read sooner... ☺️ 2y
vivastory @Avanders I liked Stiff slightly more, but I definitely recommend Gulp. Her books are worth reading just for the hilarious footnotes 2y
readinginthedark I enjoyed Packing for Mars. I need to read the rest of them...maybe I should get them on audio for when I'm driving for work... 2y
saresmoore It honestly took me a second to realize that "the front flap" wasn't a book reviewing website. Would be a good name for a site, though! 2y
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vivastory
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This book contains some of the funniest footnotes I've read in a long time.

Natasha.C.Barnes I love a good footnote. 2y
kalinichta 💕 Mary Roach💕 2y
Kristy_K All of her books have great footnotes! 2y
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vivastory @Kristy_K The only other Roach I've read is Stiff. I'd forgotten about the hilarious footnotes. What're your favorites by her? 2y
Kristy_K @vivastory Stiff is my favorite, but another good one is 2y
vivastory @Kristy_K I think that'll be my next one by her 2y
Hooked_on_books I loved this book 2y
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vivastory
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Leniverse What a nightmare! To be in a sanatorium and then have to endure that. 😵 I'd be in a straitjacket within days. 🤣 2y
RealBooks4ever Just...no. 😜 2y
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vivastory
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Just began the tagged book, yet I keep thinking of Innerspace.

JazzFeathers I loved this film when l first saw it 2y
Soubhiville That's fitting! 2y
Caroline2 Such a classic film! 😍 2y
LeahBergen I just bought this book a couple of days ago. 2y
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emtobiasz
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Drinking beer and and unpacking books. Moving is exhausting, y'all. #shelfie #booksandbooze

britt_brooke That's a great beer! #Cheers to unpacking books! 🍻 I've been doing the same today. 2y
Zelma That sounds like an ideal combo, though! 2y
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Schlinkles
Pickpick

Lots of interesting information told in an incredibly entertaining way. My only complaint is that I'll never be able to listen to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds again and not hear "the girl with colitis goes by" in place of "the girl with kaleidoscope eyes."

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Schlinkles
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Quite possibly the best footnote ever

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Schlinkles
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On to the first of many book club books for August. #happyhourbookclub #eshaverbookseller

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TorieStorieS
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Truly a fascinating #AudiobookAdventure ! And what a discussion starter!! I loved this completely! Turned many colleagues onto her writing and just had a great time #AudioColoring this one!

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EllieDottie
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This is the only Mary Roach I've read but I definitely enjoyed the weirdness of it! #onomatopoeia #JubilantJuly

mcipher Such a cool cover. 2y
CouronneDhiver Never heard of this one but I like this author... stacked! 2y
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FairyHighRoad
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The only book I could think of for the #onomatopoeia prompt. #jubilantjuly

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

4.5⭐️ I assure you that book 1 of the #pantlessreadathon was listened to in comfortable pants!

What a great audiobook! Zeller sounds the most like I imagine Roach would of all the narrators I've heard. Plus she nails all the accents of side characters!

I thought, as a veterinarian, I'd have less to learn from Roach on this topic. Wrong!! Completely engross and endearingly fascinating. Definitely a win!

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Megabooks
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You know what? Mary Roach and Emily Woo Zeller rarely disappoint! I needed a break from Manson, and this is perfection. And it reminded me to brown the ground beef in my fridge. Score another for Mary! I think the slump may be over @LitHousewife 🤞🏻🤞🏻

Cinfhen Great advice and hells yeah for the slump ending!!! 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks, and I'm super excited to be enjoying audiobooks again!! 🎉🎉 3y
Cinfhen What do you think of those #BOTM add on? 3y
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BookishBeth After reading Gulp, I was amazed at how much what she wrote came up in conversation in the weeks following this enjoyable and informative read. Love Mary Roach! 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I haven't done any research yet. The Sedaris immediately jumps out at me, but I'll probably go audio. 🤔 3y
Megabooks @BookishBeth She is so fantastic!!! 3y
LitHousewife That is excellent news!!! I hadn't thought about non-fiction, but it's a great choice. 3y
emilyhaldi I need to read this! If you can believe it, I have never read any Roach books but am so interested in all of them! Adding to the top of my TBR. 3y
Megabooks @LitHousewife Yes, Mary's writing is fun, and Zeller is a great narrator! 3y
Megabooks @emilyhaldi This is starting to edge out Grunt as a favorite! I didn't like Packing for Mars, though. 3y
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alanacristin
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Mary Roach is a living author I'd love to meet! Her sense of humor, quirky interests, and crazy knowledge base -- how could meeting her not be fabulous?! I'd love to know more about how she chooses her areas of research and immerses herself into the subject. #Kostovagiveaway @Liberty

eraderneely I mentioned in my post that I was going to say Mary Roach, but I met her and I was a total awk-hawk. But, yes, she's totally cool and her author talks are amazing. I hope you get the chance to meet her and be cooler than I was. 3y
alanacristin @eraderneely super exciting!!! I'd have been somewhere between mumble and speechless 😂 hopefully i can attend an author talk in the future. Glad to hear she's as fabulous as i imagined 😍 3y
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caitlin.reads.books
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Finished another of Mary Roach's books. This one was a little harder to get through because of the subject matter, but her usual sense of humor still made it enjoyable.