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ISBN: 9780393334791
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 6th, 2009

Taboo-schmaboo, Roach never hesitates to tackle the more risqué topics of our lives. An interesting, funny and slightly awkward read about the subject most of us are still unwilling to talk about. ~ Reviewed by Tara Swahlan


Gulp by Mary Roach

Mary Roach’s books have been on my to-read list for a long time. However, when your job depends on knowing what’s new and great, reading an author’s backlist can be difficult to find time for. Naturally, when Roach’s newest book came out, I jumped at the chance to finally make time for this intriguing writer.  Right now I’m kicking myself for not having read her other titles sooner. Everything they say about Mary Roach is true. She’s exactly what a great science author should be: easy to understand, incredibly interesting, and outrageously hilarious. Outrageously.

In a way, I’m glad I waited. Gulp is the perfect follow-up to Salt, Sugar, Fat; It details some of the science that Moss hinted at. Gulp is a scientific exploration of digestion, from start (the nose) to finish, (the toilet). It may sound as though the book could be disgusting, but I assure you, it isn't. Roach makes her intentions clear from the start: she wants to fascinate the reader, not cause disgust (much). In this, she achieves her goal. From the first chapter I was completely engrossed, but never grossed-out. (READ MORE)

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2014

Gulp

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2014

Gulp is a glorious romp through the historic and current science of the digestive tract. Roach rivals Sedaris in her wit and hilarious insight, informing you of things you didn't know you wanted to know (you do), while not leaving you (terribly) disgusted. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk

I first heard of Paleofantasy when our rep from WW Norton, David Goldberg, came in to the store to talk about some upcoming releases. Naturally I snatched up the book as though everyone in the room would immediately lunge for it, but, as usual, my co-workers just stared at me. It’s no secret that I love science, but this whole paleo-diet trend that’s been making the rounds has made me even more passionate about my desire to see science finally being taken into account before anyone jumps on the paleo-bandwagon.

Paleo-dieters and lovers of the caveman lifestyle believe that homosapiens stopped evolving some time around moving into caves and that modern man is not fit for our current lifestyle. They blame all manner of diseases on the idea that humans were not meant to live as we do now and that agriculture is killing us. Marlene Zuk, a biologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, argues that evolution doesn't stop and to argue that we were “meant” to do something is an argument that evolution has some kind of end goal, which is a little ridiculous. Zuk combines biology and anthropology to disprove many of the myths that paleo-lifestyles are based on.  Although we don't know exactly how early man lived, Zuk dispels the most common ideas through meticulous research and, best of all, science. (READ MORE)

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

Many people fantasize about a world long gone, where life was less complicated by modern day complexities and technology. Diamond has set out to clarify just what we gave up by moving out of hunter-gatherer bands and into high rises. His latest book compares traditional societies with modern lifestyles without glorifying or vilifying either.

Diamond explores just a few aspects of life, including conflict resolution, war, child rearing, the treatment of elderly, eating habits, and even how different people react (or don’t react) to coming in contact with a stranger. He argues that both modern cultures and traditional ones have some advantages and some weaknesses in all of these areas. (READ MORE)

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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

Paleofantasy

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

With the rise of modern paleo-diets, Zuk combines biology and anthropology to disprove the myth that humans did not evolve to live as we do now. Although we don't know exactly how early man lived, Zuk dispels the most common ideas through meticulous research. A fascinating and accessible read. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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