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"Me, I enjoy the goofy intimacy of brushing your teeth together (with your spouse), talking over the day's events in an unintelligible foamy garble. That's what marriage is all about. Isn't it?" ‒ Mary Roach

Mary Roach's forays into popular science (with an emphasis on the human body and physiology) ‒ Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,Bonk: The Curious Coupling Of Sex and Science,Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife,Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science Of Life In Space ‒ have proven to me at least that she's a national treasure. For readers of these books, the author strives to be informative, but from a viewpoint which demonstrates that she doesn't take things too seriously; there's always that sideways look with a cocked eyebrow.

MY PLANET is a collection of sixty of her essays that originally appeared in Reader's Digest and in which she provides humorous commentary on everyday things and circumstances encountered by her in her world. As such, they may remind one of Andy Rooney's musings, both in his books and on "60 Minutes", though so far Mary hasn't demonstrated Rooney's curmudgeonly side. I like Mary's take on life's absurdities so much better.

In MY PLANET, Roach's wit encompasses such of life's experiences as the inconsiderate fellow airline passenger, choosing a cold medication, and dealing with hotel room aggravations. But her best essays are those that reveal a gentle, self-deprecating humor which, on a personally wider scale, also includes her husband Ed as she makes wry comments on those, um, minor differences of opinion and perspective that provide tempest-in-a-teapot turbulences to any marriage. (One wonders what Ed's side of the stories might sound like.)

Mary Roach always makes my day. I'd like to give her a hug.
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on 27 March 2016
Mary is one of few authors whose books consistently make me laugh out loud, always provoking a response from those around me wondering what they're missing out on, or if there may be something slightly wrong with me! She is incredibly observant and witty and long may her writing continue. Well recommended to put a smile on your face.
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