*** Gulp by Mary Roach

In the usual, funny and fast-paced Mary Roach style, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal takes us from our mouths to, well, the other end, from a proper olive oil tasting (from which Roach is disqualified) to stomach fistulas and the smuggling of cellphones into California jails (yes, through the other end…)  I did not enjoy this book quite as much as Packing for Mars or Stiff, perhaps because I knew more about the digestive system than dead people or space exploration, but I relished the always funny footnotes (one about ear pulling, a popular traditional Inuit game) and the portraits of the scientists who study rats who eat their own feces, or who reverse engineer farts. Ah, science!

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