Stiff, Spook, Bonk and Mary Roach

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This is not really a book review. It is more like an author review. Then again, it is not really an author review either. It is actually an article in praise of an author that I enjoy reading. Yeah, that’s it.

Submitted: June 30, 2008

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Submitted: June 30, 2008



The first time I read Mary Roach’s writing was her book; Stiff: Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Just the title alone told me that I would probably need somewhat of a twisted sense of humor, and I do. I thought the book was hilarious, not the subject matter—which is, what donated cadavers are used for—but the way she interjects her humor. Her humor is not subtle and her knowledge of the subject is quite educational. Like an addiction, I was obsessed with finding the time to read a little more, and a little more and when I did I found myself giggling (and sometimes laughing right out loud) along the way. It was a fairly quick, easy and very enjoyable read. One that I have shared with many friends, the ones that I thought had the same sense of humor as me, and some that didn’t. As an author, in hindsight, I should have told them to buy it, like I did. If by some miracle you are reading this Mary, I’m sorry.
I didn’t search her out on the web and thought that was her first and only book. Well, it was her first book, but not her only one. One day at Barnes and Noble I noticed a book called Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. (It really is true that good packaging and marketing works, because the book caught my eye.) I realized that it was by Mary Roach and I started to read it, right there in the bookstore. I was there for one of my own book signings and sales were not going so well, but my laughter brought a few customers my way. (By the way thanks Mary, can I call you Mary?) I bought the book and ravaged that one as well. I loved it, again the subject matter, well…better than cadavers I guess. When I finished the book I found out that she had written a third book; Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. I immediately tried to get a copy. To my dismay it wouldn’t be out for a week. When it finally went on sale I bought it and breezed through that one as well, and loved it.
While I was waiting patiently that long week I read all of her Reader’s Digest articles (back issues), and they were just as funny, real life short stories with a humorous twist. When I had finished them all I was waiting for the next issue and then she stopped, and do you know why? Yes…She is currently working on her fourth book. I don’t know the subject, but if I know Mary, well I really don’t know her, I’m not a stalker. What I really mean is that her track record shows that it will be interesting, if not strange, and very funny, she certainly makes ME laugh. As my girls put it; I will probably be LOL’ing. I think it will be more like ROTFLMBO (rolling on the floor laughing my butt off.)

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