Fans of lively writing will be delighted by the newest monosyllable from Mary Roach. Once again Roach boldly goes where no author has gone before, into the sciences of the taboo, the macabre, the icky, and the just plain weird. And she conveys it all with a perfect touch: warm, lucid, wry, sharing the unavoidable amusement without ever resorting to the cheap or the obvious. Yum! --Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature
Starred review. Roach's approach is grounded in science, but the virtuosic author rarely resists a pun, and it's clear she revels in giving readers a thrill--even if it is a queasy one. Adventurous kids and doctors alike will appreciate this fascinating and sometimes ghastly tour of the gastrointestinal system.
Starred Review. For all her irreverence, Roach marvels over the fine-tuned workings and 'wisdom' of the human body, and readers will delight in her exuberant energy, audacity, and wit.
Starred review. Filled with witty asides, humorous anecdotes, and bizarre facts, this book will entertain readers, challenge their cultural taboos, and simultaneously teach them new lessons in digestive biology.
As engrossing as it is gross.
Far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach's love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance. . . . Never has Ms. Roach's affinity for the comedic and bizarre been put to better use. . . . "Gulp" is structured as a vastly entertaining pilgrimage down the digestive tract, with Ms. Roach as the wittiest, most valuable tour guide imaginable. --Janet Maslin
A delicious read and, dare I say it, a total gas. --Kate Tuttle
[A] merry foray into the digestive sciences....Inexorably draws the reader along with peristaltic waves of history and vividly described science. --Brian Switek
You'll come away from this well-researched book with enough weird digestive trivia to make you the most interesting guest at a certain kind of cocktail party...Go ahead and put this one in your carry-on. You won't regret it. --Amy Stewart
A witty, woving romp of a book... Roach...is a thoroughly unflappable, utterly intrepid investigator of the icky. --Chloe Schama
Relentlessly fun to read. --Bee Wilson
Never before has the process of eating been so very interesting.... After digesting her book, you can't help but think about what that really means. --Micki Myers
One of my top criteria for pronouncing a book worthwhile is the number of times you snort helplessly with laughter and say, "Wow! Did you know that ... " before your long-suffering spouse throws a book at you from across the room. My personal spouse says that, in this department, "Gulp" takes the cake. --Adam Woog
Once again Roach boldly goes where no author has gone before, into the sciences of the taboo, the macabre, the icky, and the just plain weird. And she conveys it all with a perfect touch: warm, lucid, wry, sharing the unavoidable amusement without ever resorting to the cheap or the obvious. Yum! --Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature
Mary Roach put her hand in a cow's stomach for you, dear reader. If you don't read Gulp, then that was all for naught. Plus, you'll miss out on the funniest book ever written about guts. --Carl Zimmer, author of Evolution: Making Sense of Life and Parasite Rex
Letting this brilliantly mischievous writer, for whom no pun is ouch and no cow sacred, dip her pen into the font of all potty humor must have seemed even riskier than her previous excursions into corpses (Stiff), the afterlife (Spook), sex (Bonk) and outer space (Packing for Mars). But dip she did--at one point she put her whole arm into a cow's belly--and came up with another quirkily informative pop-science entertainment in Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. --Jeffrey Burke
Roach is a gift to all those unsung researchers with weird curiosities, the people who tell us things we hadn't thought to ask: The teams who reveal that we like crunchy foods that snap at speeds of 300 meters per second and produce a crunch that reaches 90 to 100 decibels; the anthropologist who swallowed a shrew whole (with a little tomato sauce) to demonstrate what remains after digestion; the scientists who put windows into cows to see into their rumen; the researchers who study spit; investigators who sniff icky things; and specialists who examine poop. When Roach talks about her visits to various laboratories, I picture her received as a celebrity, the one person who gets it, the outsider who will teach the world to appreciate the distant exurbs of human curiosity. At this she succeeds admirably. --Jenni Laidman
There is much to enjoy about Mary Roach--her infectious aw for quirky science and its nerdy adherents, her one-liners... She is beloved, and justifiably so. --Jon Ronson
‘diverting [and] witty’ The Lady
‘Roach’s writing is quirky, lucid, faultlessly researched and outrageously funny… such a pleasure to read.’ Sunday Business Post
‘Roach’s skill is to draw you into things like this, keep you reading and at the end leave you wondering how you have ever lived without this information. Gulp is an unalloyed pleasure’ Fortean times
‘[Roach] illuminates a tricky but hugely fascinating subject… the best kind of lavatory reading’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Sassy sensibility and good-humoured gusto… the trip from feeding to faeces is laugh-a-minute painless’ The Times
‘[Roach] writes clearly, with gallows humour… compelling’ Evening Standard
‘Fascinating [and] funny… Roach pulls off the serious stuff, too. She forces us to reimagine ourselves not as spinal, brain-driven bipeds, but as a splendid digestive tube that has evolved limbs, brain and everything else’ Sunday Times
‘Gulp is far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach’s love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance. Having graduated from corpses (Stiff), the afterlife (Spook) and sex (Bonk, full of stunts featuring Ms. Roach as guinea pig), she takes on a subject wholly mainstream. She explores it with unalloyed merriment. And she is fearless about the embarrassment that usually accompanies it.’ The New York Times
‘utterly fascinating… Roach is unafraid to ask questions and her enthusiasm is infectious’ BRSBKBLOG blog