Books by Mary Roach

GRUNT by Mary Roach
Released: June 7, 2016

"Battlefield R&D is a topic too fascinating to ruin, so readers who can tolerate the author's relentless flippancy will not regret the experience."
A cannon fires grocery chickens at parked jets, testing ways to protect planes against bird strikes. Readers encountering this esoteric project on the first page will settle back to enjoy another patented scientific romp, this one on battlefield research, by journalist Roach (Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
GULP by Mary Roach
Released: April 1, 2013

"A touchy topic illuminated with wit and rigor, packed with all the stinky details."
Throughout her sojourn down the gastrointestinal tract, science writer Roach (Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, 2011, etc.) enlists her abundant assets of intelligence and humor while dissecting this messy and astounding part of the human body. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 2, 2010

"A delightful, illuminating grab bag of space-flight curiosities."
Popular-science writer Roach (Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, 2008, etc.) entertainingly addresses numerous questions about life in outer space. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lively, hilarious and informative look at science's dirty secrets."
Wondering whether orgasms make sows more fertile? Turn to Roach for the answer. Read full book review >
SPOOK by Mary Roach
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"Truly deft handling of the (mostly) daft."
Science writer Roach, having told all about cadavers in Stiff (2003), progresses to the logical next step: What happens after death? Read full book review >
STIFF by Mary Roach
Released: April 1, 2003

"Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely. (11 illustrations)"
Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living. Read full book review >