Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Reviewed By: A.T.
This book is AWESOME! Sometimes gross, sometimes hilarious, but always interesting, what better way to kick off the upcoming Halloween season than with a book about cadavers (a.k.a. dead humans). There is a chapter on body snatching, a chapter on the history of cadavers being used for surgical experimentation (how do you think those surgeons learn? Not by practicing on people who are alive!), and there is even a chapter on cannibalism! Eww! But wait...there's more! You even find out how cadavers helped make the case for mandatory seat belts in cars, and how they helped France perfect the guillotine (you know...the contraption that cuts off your head!). Don't worry, I didn't give away all the good stuff in the book, I just gave you a teaser. So get into the Library and check this book out today.
Why I Picked it Up: Hello! Dead bodies and humor? Sign me up!
Why I Finished It: It is impossible to put this book down! I especially liked the last chapter where the author talks about what she plans to do with her body after she dies now that she has done all this research. Truly fascinating.
I’d Give this Book To: Everyone! This author has a knack for making science fun, interesting, and funny all at the same time. It also helps to take some of the scariness out of death, showing that you can still be a useful member of society long after you die!